Basics of Seamless Looping Animation Part 2

January 23, 2012

In part 2 of this looping series, I show you how to seamlessly loop animations in Cinema 4D. Then, I show you the process on how I compress them into an Animated GIF. I included my Photoshop Action for automatically building Animated GIFs, too.

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  • Thanks Nick! BTW – Looks like the download link is busted.

  • My Cinema 4D timeline doesnt have the fancy icons on the panel… How can I enable it?

  • Thanks Nick sir

  • Hi Nick,
    Many thanks for your videos tutorials, they are great !
    What is the format of your videos, I try to make some, but I don’t find a correct format wich can be read either on a PC a MAC or an iPad… Can you help me ?
    Thanks !!!

  • Thanks to share your obsession 🙂

    If you know you want to work with linear animations it’s maybe better to go to project settings->key interpolation->interpolation=linear.

  • thank nick u’r awesome 🙂

  • Thanks man!

  • This is awesome! The animated texture is so simple, but so powerful.
    Thanks Nick!

  • I can’t figure out why you had to make an action. I’m running Photoshop CS4 extended and I just open the image sequence and it creates a video layer. It asks for the frame rate. I type in 10 and it clips the timeline to 10 frames. Then I just save for web and choose gif and set the looping in the lower right corner.

    I think you made it more complex than it needs to be. After PS7 they integrated a lot of the gif animation tools into PS. They wanted to copy some of Fireworks abilities. Now they don’t have to do that. lol.

  • this message to thank you dude !
    good job as always !

  • Thank you, sir.

  • Great little tutorial Nick

    Although I’m now cross eyed 🙂

  • Ah animated GIFs, got to love ’em. If you’re feeling more advanced, may I recommend loops AND tiling?

  • exelente nick, queria saber si alguien puede ayudarme no logro abrir un archivo quicktime con photoshop, gracias

    • En Photoshop, ve a [File]–[Import]–[Video Frames to Layers…] y en la proxima pantalla, selecciona tu archivo Quicktime y le das Open en la proxima pantalla vas a tener un preview de tu video y varias opciones a tu izquierda, asegurate de donde dice “Range To Import” de seleccionar la primera opcion que dice “From Beginning To End”, deja el resto como esta y tambien haz un check-mark en el cuadrito que dice “Make Frame Animation” y listo le das OK.
      Ojala te ayude si no lo haz descubierto ya.

  • Thank you from France Nick!
    Have a look on my GIF 🙂

      • Hi Nick.

        I am a beginner at Cinema 4D R14, but I know Maya so that helps. I am having trouble seeing the checkerboard texture in my viewport as I apply it to the sphere after adjusting Luminance. I can’t see it animate interactively as you show in your tutorial. I’ve tried changing my Display settings and other settings, but nothing is working. Can you please email what you did to see the texture animate interactively. Thank you Nick!


  • I played with clones, offset them and animate the camera. Here’s what it looks like :
    Thanks Nick.

  • Hey Nick, There’s actually an option in photoshop to automatically import video frames as layers.

    File > Import > Video Frames to Layers.

    Hope this information helps 🙂

  • Yet again a good tut Nick. Thanks.

    Easy way to work out your offset percent – set your tile to a whole number (not essential, but it will make everything look neat) then divide 100 by whatever number you’ve chosen. 8 = 12.5, 7=14.286, 6=16.667 and so on. Do the calculation in the OSX calculator and you can even copy/paste the number into the keyframe.

  • thanks nick. did you notice any bluriness on your projects? i heard that in photoshop we have to sharpen the layers before save as web and devices.

  • haha this is fun! Nice tutorial nick! 🙂
    Check it out..

  • Thanks Nick, as always a superb tut. Great to see your inspiration for this, and love your enthusiasm, it’s so damn infective.

  • Tip: Divide 100% between your amount of tiles and keyframe that number into your offset, e.g. in your tutorial the number of tiles is about 8.
    100 / 8 = 12,5 for offset to loop
    No need to eyeball this, just do the math!
    Great tutorial BTW!

  • This one doesn’t seem to be as seamless of a loop as I hoped but really glad I figured out the workflow.. definitely doing more of these.

  • Animated GIFs are great!
    This is my all-time favorite:

    Really enjoying your tutorials!

  • Damnit, I started making these just before this tut came out! Now everyone will be making them!

    Here’s my tumblr with some of my gifs:

  • you could use 10% v and animate up to 10%

  • Hey Nick great tut as always!, thanks for this one I love it!, also check some ones from me here:
    I’m planning to make more, any feedback will be appreciated!, thanks!

  • Was trying to see how many colours and size i could get away with.

  • Another super nice tutorial Nick!

    Look this is my first GIF thanks to you.

  • Great tutorial Nick! But i’m still wondering how to make your Blowup Sphere ( ).

    I think it is soft body, but i cant achieve this effect. So can you tell me how to do it?


  • Sir Nick,my photoshop cant open the animation file from c4d. any advice?

  • Nick,

    Nice tut. Informative and inspiring.

    made a little somethin’ for the holiday

  • If you render out your cinema 4d file as a quicktime movie or AVI you can open up photoshop go to file > Import > video frames to layers. that way all you need to do is then go to file > save for web and devices. Occassionally you may want to add an adjustment layer on top of your animation for colour or exposure correction etc.

  • THX the .atn its great action, and thank you very much when you make a very good tutorials. You have taught me a lot of C4D, AE.
    I’m really grateful for the teaching.

    Thank you Nick

    I smile

  • thanks for inspiring me. with your help I do a lot of stuff in c4d and posting it for fotolia.

  • Hello,

    I tried this tutorial, however when I rendered my scene the material did not load. Does anyone know what could be the reason for this? Its ok in a static scene but when i include the animation the textures dont render…

    I appreciate any help,

    Thank you heaps.

  • u can import it to photoshop as frames to layers immediatly 😛

  • Know it’s almost a year later, but I just watched this now. Great tutorial! Was wondering, is it possible to keep the the 10 frame animated texture loop while increasing the amount of frames and have other things happening around it? For example have the stripe loop texture on a pyramid that is slowly revolving?

    Thank you for creating such an awesome site with such a wealth of knowledge and skills!

  • Great tutorial, as always, and thanks for the photoshop action!
    I was wondering 1 thing tho.. I render my videos at 25 fps, is this going to mess up the timing in the gifs (created with your photoshop action) ?

  • Hi Nick. Thanks for this tip. Really useful. Also thank you for Photoshop animation action. But I some textures don’t render in animation. With checkerboard it’s fine, but for example if I add other textures or surfaces, in animated render they stand still. Can you help me with that?

  • Hello Nick great tut!! I was wondering if you could what did you use to make this gif, Was it a particle emitter? Thanks!

  • this is my favorite action ever. i just tried downloading it for my new machine running photoshop CC. doesnt seem to work tho….

  • Love you stuff Nick, struggling to get this gif looking smooth, it is coming out jarring, and it looks like a slower frame rate from original render.

    I have set GIF to no delay, but yet it still looks wrong?

    Is there anyway to change frame rate in PS CS6?

    • I suggest not using Nick’s action in CS6 — it didn’t work for me, it was skipping a frame (hence the jerky animation).

      Instead of using the action, in Photoshop if using an image sequence check Image Sequence box and in popup select correct frame rate. If you are importing a Quicktime movie in Photoshop go to File > Import > Video Frames to Layers to convert it to frames, as in the helpful tip above.

  • Thanks for the tutorial. I was tearing my hair out because your action was not working properly in CS6, at least for me. But I see from the comments it is not required.

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