Turn Photos into Moving Images with Plotagraph

I absolutely love time-lapse photography. I just don’t have a lot of patience for it, or the people I’m with don’t have a lot of patience for it. That’s why I’m excited about this new app called Plotagraph+.

Plotagraph+ is an image animation app that lets you turn your still images into moving pictures, and it’s so easy anyone can do it.

In this post, I’m going to show you how to use Plotagraph to make incredible moving pictures like the one below from your still photos.

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How to Make Moving Images in Plotagraph

Step 1: Take a picture
It can be any picture you’ve ever taken. The best ones for me have been ones that have clouds and beautiful skies. I started with this panoramic I took from the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort in Orlando.

Step 2: Mask the parts you don’t want to animate.
You can use the mask tool to tell the app which parts of the photo you want to stay still. One of the problems with taking time-lapse video is that, to be effective, you have to have a still camera. With Plotagraph you are starting with a still image and are only going to animate a specific part of it. So in this step, you decide what you want to be still.

In my example, I want to animate the clouds in the sky as well as some of the water, so I mask all of the buildings and trees.

Step 3: Animate the parts you want to move
Next up you need to draw little arrows on the parts of the image you want to move. Whichever way you point the arrows will be the direction of the animation, so play around to see what looks best.

This time, I make the clouds go out and up and I have the water mirror that same pattern.

Step 4: Decide the timing
You can adjust the speed of the animation as well. The slider goes from 0.1 to 10.0. I usually use something from 5.0 to 7.5.

Step 5: Share your creation with the world
You can export to your camera roll or share directly to social media. I usually save it as a 10 second video clip and then decide where to share it.

Here’s an animated gif of my masterpiece.