Create a simple iPad splash screen with Photoshop CS6

With the introduction of the Timeline panel in Photoshop CS6, Adobe has made much of its new video-editing capabilities that enable you to edit, enhance and render videos directly in Photoshop. Although Adobe is touting it mainly as a video-editing tool, what’s really interesting for me is the ability to create quick animated stings directly from Photoshop without the need to switch software packages.

Here, I’ll show you how to quickly create a short animated splash screen for the iPad. For designers who are used to working with Flash or After Effects, these tools might seem quite basic, but for any designer wishing to dabble in motion graphics they provide a fast and easy introduction to the notion of a timeline and keyframes. Of course, the final output doesn’t have to be for an iPad splash screen, so you’re only limited by your imagination in what your final output is used for.


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