A spinning logo created from a photo can have a very dramatic effect, and it's not difficult to create. You'll need an impressive logo to begin with, as this special effect should make people concentrate on the logo itself. It should be something that arouses people's curiosity from the start. This tutorial guides you through the steps needed to create a spinning logo using Photoshop and Movie Maker.
Things You'll Need
- Graphics program
- Movie Maker
Decide what image you want to use for your logo. Because of copyright issues, you should use an image from your own personal photos. Name your image "PhotoLogo."
Open Photoshop import your image. Click on "File" > "Open" and select PhotoLogo. From the file menu, click "Image" > "Rotate Canvas" > "Arbitrary." Adjust the angle of the logo by selecting "°CW" and typing an angle figure of 20. Click "OK." Save the image as "PhotoLogo20" by clicking "File" > "Save As" and then "Save". Leave the default options as they are, apart from moving the "Image Options" slider from "large file," on the right, to the end of the left side of the slider for "small file." Click "OK." Repeat the process of adjusting the angle of the logo by 20 degrees, and save as "PhotoLogo40." Adjust the angle again by 20 degrees and save this new file as "PhotoLogo60."
Find the Movie Maker program. Import all four images, by clicking "File" and "Import into Collections." Your logo files will appear in the "Collections" pane.
Locate the "Storyboard" pane, which is the horizontal strip underneath the "Collections" pane. Drag all your files into the "Storyboard" pane, making sure they are in the correct order. The first file should be your original logo image. Drag the same files into "Storyboard" again, but this time in reverse order starting from "LogoFile40." Your original logo image should be the last image in the "Storyboard."
Click on "File" on the Movie Maker file menu, followed by "Tools." Click on "Video Effects." The "Speed Up, Double" effect is a good effect to use to animate your images. Drag this effect onto every image once, then repeat the process three more times. This can sometimes be difficult the thinner each image gets, but use the play button on "Storyboard" to check that the images are of equal length. When you have achieved this, save your file in Movie Maker. Click "File" and scroll down the file menu. Click on "Save Movie File" to save your logo animation.
Tips & Warnings
- If the quality of files look poor when reduced in size, use smaller, but better, quality images.
- Avoid using indistinct images. For a spinning logo they will tend to look even more unclear.
- Photo Credit logo image by Blue Moon from Fotolia.com
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