Update: I have had so many emails about the GIF this week. I have had SO MUCH FUN making animated gifs this week! Many of you are not familiar or do not have access to photoshop. If you find a great animation App let me know and I will add the links to my next blog post. Also, if you are a blogger, and would like for me to animate a photo of an artwork for you to use on your blog, (depending on how many I get :-) send me a photo of an artwork and I will convert it to an animated gif as my GIFt for you. I am only going to offer this for a few days. Send me a link to your blog too and I will feature your blog with the gif on my blog!
This is the tutorial I followed to create the animated gifs using photoshop CS4. I would love to know if you have an APP that does something similar. I used the "liquify" tool under "filter" to make the peacock's feathers move. distort your photo with that tool to make something wiggle. I also used the custom shape tool to make the hearts. When making something move I would select it and cut and paste it somewhere, then use the clone tool to fill in the background from where I cut. I played around with it for a while and it's really fun! The possibilities are endless as far as photo manipulation to create different types of animation in photoshop.