Something for the weekend - Part 132 - Hit the road !

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Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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Hi

There is nothing like the freedom of a nice open road, and this particular road crosses the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors in England. But the scene looks a bit too empty. Can you bring it to life?

 

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Dave

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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Dave, so you got into the car and got away from the woodentops and got there and got the photo and got away from the woodentops again and got yourself back home and got it posted?

 

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Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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The photo was taken last year Jacob, when travel was allowed, although it isn't very far from home 🙂

Dave

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Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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I know, Dave, and I believe it must have been later in the year.

 

But it was stronger than I, also because Durham was in Tier 4 even before the national lockdown, even though North Yorkshire/Riding was only in Tier 3.

 

I was ready to post a few hours ago but so far I have upload failure; you may have a hunch what, or maybe rather who, would already have appeared to get you.

 

By the way, about a century ago someone set out to prove that everything could be expressed with just one (certain) verb and wrote a short piece to that effect; I have tried to find it again, also (so far) in vain.

 

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Mar 20, 2021 Mar 20, 2021

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It was taken before the Tier system was introduduced in the UK. There were a few local lockdowns in place at the time, but not here. Of course now we are still in national lockdown. but I hope that later this year I can go back to the North Yorkshire Moors.

 

Dave

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“Hit the Road, Jack, and don't you come back no more!”

 

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You live in a beautiful part of the world, Dave. Thank you for showing it to us with your photos!

 

~ Jane

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Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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100% impossible to read without singing it with whatever version of a Ray Charles voice you can manage, and probably closing your eyes for good measure.  

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Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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And they built their houses right up to the road...

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Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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Houses?  You had houses? You were lucky!

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Mar 20, 2021 Mar 20, 2021

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For anyone that missed Trevor's reference :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue7wM0QC5LE

 

Dave

Four Yorkshiremen discuss "the bad old days" and how young people don't properly appreciate what their elders had to go through. Hilarious.

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Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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Okay, I'm slow.

 

I've seen the skit dozens of times, but just this minute put together that the photo is from Yorkshire ! 😊

 

~ Jane

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Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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the road to no where?

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Mar 20, 2021 Mar 20, 2021

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The best kind Graham 🙂

Dave

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Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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Run-Forrest-Run.gif

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I'm thinking there must be new user who don't realise how easy this sort of frame animation is to do, with a couple of tricks to get the perspective right. Probably the easiest way to create frames is to generate the layers use Free Transform Step & Repeat  

 

1) So make your selection and create your moving element (Forrest Gump)

2) Place him above the background so that his eyes align with the horizon.

3) Copy the layer (Ctrl J)

4) Free Transform to make him smaller — we need to make the transform happen aroundd the eyeline, so to do that you need to Alt Drag the center handle as below.  (See note after image)

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Note: If the center handle is not showing, then you need to check Show Reference Point when using Transform in Preferences > Tools

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5) With the centre handle moved to the eyeline reduce in size by Alt draging a corner handle. OK that.

6) Now comes Step & Repeat, so before you do anything else, use Shift Ctrl Alt T as many times as is needed to make Forrest reduce to a dot (or something close)

7) Select all the Forrest layers and put them in a group.  This gives a powerful way to shape the animation using Free Transform on the group.  In my case I Ctrl dragged the top and bottom middle handles to better align Forrest to the road

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8) Now switch to the Motion workspace, and on Create Frame Annimation which will create the first frame.

9) Click on the widget at the top right corner of the Timeline, and choose Make Frames from Layers

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10) Select all the frames and turn on the Background layer

11)  Because of the layer order Forrest will be moving away from us.  We could have used Layer > Arrange > Reverse Order before creating the frames, or you could select all the frames and use Reverse Frames from the Timeline pop-up

12) I like to put a delay between each run so set the last frame to two seconds (I think)

13)  Frame animations can produce large files which might take a while to load for some users, so make Image Size sensible.  Forrest has 100 frames so I reduced it down to 1000 pixels on the long side.

14) To save the GIF go File > Export > Save for web (legacy)  The defaults are good, but you might be able to reduce color bit depth to reduce file size.  That will work better with things like cartoons

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15) That's it. Job done.  You can't paste a frame animation to the forum, so you have to open the widget and use Browse choose file.

 

It really is that easy.  It gets harder (MUCH) harder if you try to animate multiple objects.  That takes planing and has to be done manually clicking on each frame one at a time, and turning on the relevant layer.  It can also get very messy and it is easy to lose your place.  The secret is to have all the layers made BEFORE you create the frame animation, but if you do need to make major edits after the fact, then remember to select all frames first.

 

If you have a full CC subscription, then Animate will be way easier to move multiple objects, and one day I might even learn how to use it. 😞

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I'm not sure People from outside the UK will understand the context, but I hope so because that was such a funny program.

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Brilliant Trevor. The cobbled road is a clever touch.

Dave

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Would Cyril's left arm need to be extra long to reach their new friend's shoulder?  I think they have all passed now, but the show started something like 45 years ago, so they'd have to be well into their hundreds.

 

I couldn't help myself. 😞  Cyril (second left) would be 101,  Compo (on the left) would be 107, and Cleggy (on the right) would be 104.  So nealry as old as our Norman.  Now I think about it, I am not 100% sure that Cyril was the original posh member of the trio.

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Yes, @Trevor.Dennis, "Last of the Summer Wine" was a big hit here, as well. I wish they'd run it again. That Norman was a retired linoleum salesman, as I recall. 

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Mar 20, 2021 Mar 20, 2021

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The first thing that came to mind was deer crossing. Unfortunately, it’s a very common thing around here. In some cases, it can be deadly for the deer or the motorist.

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Why did he?

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Take a chance. Who'll know?

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LOL!  I can see an Area 51 warning poster and an electric fence working well with traffic lights in the middle of nowhere Norman.  Or from your point of view, a couple of Yellow Taxies.

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Mar 21, 2021 Mar 21, 2021

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Norman, you found the one spot where the constabulary of North Riding decided to make a stand to stop foreign folk from driving on the wrong side of the road.

 

 

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