That Marching Ants Look
~ 15 September 2004 ~
Given that a few of you inquired about how the 9/11 masthead was created, and given that it’s been 3 months since I released a download, and given that the New Year is just over 3 months away, and given that…
Crhhh… Get on with it, Cameron. Over. Crhhh…
Alright, alright, here’s the skinny: I don’t have enough time right now to do a full tutorial, so following is a brief walkthrough. Download the PSD below.
- The animated frames weren’t tough at all to create. Once the actual marquee (aka “marching ants”) was created in Photoshop, I just screen grabbed it about 20 times to ensure I’d have all 8 frames for the animated loop. I then dropped the frames (screen grabs) back into the original .psd.
- Surprisingly, creating the marquee was a lot tougher than expected. I started by creating two pairs of vertical rectangles using the Rectangular Marquee Tool and by pressing the Shift key.
- Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool, I added angled caps to each marquee, again using the Shift key (and Option/Alt key to subtract when I inevitably screwed up several times).
- Trickery came into play once I realized the two rectangles in each pair were separated by 1 pixel that couldn’t be removed without joining the two marquees undesirably. So, I inversed the selection using Select > Inverse.
- That fixed one problem but created another. Now I had a marquee around the entire canvas. A problem no more: With the Rectangular Marquee Tool selected, I chose Select > Transform Selection from the menu, held down the Shift and Option/Alt keys to ensure centered proportional resizing, and enlarged the edges of the marquee just outside the canvas.
- Done deal. Take a few screen grabs and it’s all downhill from there.
Please enjoy in reverance.
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