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Animated X-rays reveal how your bones move

We're all familiar with X-ray images, but have you ever seen one in motion? Now you can, thanks to this impressive set of animated GIFs (opens in new tab) that reveal what your bones are doing whenever you move your hand, elbow, shoulder, knee or ankle. If you're at all prone to queasiness you might want to look away now. Oh, too late.

Cameron Drake (opens in new tab) produced this set of GIFs as part of a project for Weiss Orthopaedics (opens in new tab) in California. Starting from a collection of X-ray videos (opens in new tab) created by Dr Noah Weiss, Drake used Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop to turn them into hypnotic looping GIFs that Weiss could use to illustrate how our assorted joints work and what can go wrong with them.

He trimmed the video in Premiere Pro to create clips that he could use, then imported the individual frames into Photoshop as layers. To create the looping effect he simply duplicated the frames and played them backwards.

If you want to know the full details of how Drake made these GIFs, he steps through the process in detail over at his blog.

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Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.

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