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[!] Please Wait animation

For a serious interface project, I needed to create a nice Please Wait animation. Here is the result - I think it turned out quite nice. Below you'll find that it  is very easy to do.

Start with new document, let's backgound color be white. Important - document should be square (not required but will help us later).

Select Shape tool (U) to draw a little circle on top of document. You can of course use any other color from blue.

We want to have many circles within one shape layer. First we need to duplicate this circle. To  do so, drag it down holding ALT key.

Nice! We have a shape layer containing two identical circles. Now we need to align them relative to each other and to document. First, select both circles using shape selector tool (A). You will notice that buttons on top toolbar are enabled. Click the Align Horizontal Centers button. Next, select Layer 1 (white background), link it with shape layer (notice the chain link icon next to shap layer), then select Move tool (V) and again, click Align Horizontal Centers button. The result - our shapes are perfectly aligned!

We need 12 circles, but we only have 2 now. Duplicating shapes is super easy - select them (dont forget about shape selector tool, A key), copy (Ctrl-C), Paste (Ctrl-V) and rotate (Ctrl-T). After you hit Ctrl-T, you will get some input fields on top toolbar. Find Angle field, and enter 30.

Now we need to make this shape fade". For this

It will be gradient layer with the following settings: - white - to - transparent - style: angle - angle: 75 (well, 77, nevermind :-)

OK we are done with the graphics, but how do  we make it rotate? Very easy - instead of rotating entire graphics, we will only rotate the gradient. Now we need to create another document, where each layer will represent one animation frame. After document is created (make sure dimensions are the same), return to original document. select all (Ctrl-A), copy merged selection to clipboard (Ctrl-Shift-C), switch to new document, paste (Ctrl-V), then return to original document again. Then, select gradient layer, rasterize it (layer menu -> rasterize), and rotate entire layer 30 degrees. Then, well, repeat 12 times :-) Result - a new document with 12 layers where each layer is the frame of our future animation.

You can save original document and close it. Then, jump to ImageReady (Ctrl-Shift-M) and hide all layers except layer 1. This will be our first frame. In the screenshot, frame delay is set to 0.2 sec, however, i found it too long and changed it  to 0.1 sec later.

Create new frame, then make next layer (layer 2) visible. Then, uh, repeat 12 times :-)

That's all. Now you can preview the result (Ctrl-Alt-P) and save it (Ctrl-Alt-Shift-S). I hope these little tips were useful to you.


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Komentáre 70

rainier · long ago
great! :-)

Nico from Italy · long ago
you are great man!

Simone · long ago
Thank you very much, it's been a great help! (Y)

Oleg · long ago
Last balls look flickering. Flickering is not pleasant. To avoid this flickering effect, just add more balls to complete the circle. Also would be better if instead of gradient for entire image you use different balls with reduced opacity. It will look more professional. Otherwise it is a pretty good idea. Keep up good work! :)

guoshuang · long ago
i love this artilce.nice!

abee02 · long ago
DUDE! ok maybe im a newb but u seriously need to make the tut a little clearer! (if thats' even a word!) i got seriously confused at the gradient part. i made the circle and everything but after that, with the gradient thing u just lost me!

secret say · long ago
nice to know

Artem · long ago
Класс! Думаю будет отлично смотреться на мобильнике в качестве screensaver'а!

Sergio · long ago
W?O?W......that was great man keep working (Y) :-) :-D

MaKo · long ago
a ne proshe li sdelat' zagoguliny s gradientom i povrashat' ee v imageready? Namnogo menshe telodvijeniy :)

budewa · long ago
no comment, it's too good.

egx · long ago
anladın sen onu

adoh · long ago
Now we need to make this shape "fade". For this, we will use Fill layer. Menu Layer -> New Fill Layer -> Gradient.???? Ok I can not do this...actually I did but the whole page , change the color not just the Circles.. :( anybody can help me plzzzz ?? thanks

Vitaly · long ago
Просто Отлично!

Pilou · long ago
Yeaah thank you very much for tips ;-)

pwnerer · long ago
N tahts ql (Y)

Anonimus · long ago
Cool. Êðóòî! (Y) Where did you learn it? Ãäå òû âûó÷èë ýòî? :-S

Mansoor_nazari · long ago
(Y)Wow. tanks we want more...!! · long ago
thanx what to explain really great

Charlyk-Marlyk · long ago
i don't like it very much. maybe it looks great on those PC but default mac bars are better(N)

Amoo · long ago
Pretty Cool, guy! Thanks 4 ur teaching. good tut. I am gonna try it.!!

Cyrus Poonawala · long ago
Thanks for this amazing tut!

amit · long ago
Simplicity at its best ; great stuff man thank u

Cool · long ago

PS User · long ago
Great tut man. thanks!

EmpireMW · long ago
Amazing! :-)

Almo · long ago
Hey Thank you very much !

shannon · long ago
Ican't make heads from tails from this sux :(

EricRed · long ago
Àáàëäåòü. Êòî áû ìîã ïîäóìàòü, ÷òî âñ¸ ãèíåàëüíîå ïðîñòî.

marcel · 28 január 2008
Great tutorial Thanks!

## · 12 september 2008
Thank you for this great tutorial. Could you have a logo tutorial also. Great job. Keep up the good work.

cmmx · 28 september 2009

pepsiyong · 29 december 2009
It's will be hard, because I don't understand

Masoud · 2 október 2010
Many thanks dear author ! :)

Владимир · 16 január 2011
Эту же анимацию можно сделать с одним слоем. При этом в каждом из 12 кадров ставим в Стиле слоя Наложение градиента. Градиент конический черно-белый. Режим наложения - Screen. Для каждого кадра градиент смещаем на необходимый угол (около 25º). Оптимальная длительность кадра - 0,15 сек.

iMP · long ago
Êëàññíî ... ýòî æå êàê íàäî äóìàòü, ÷òîáû äî òàêîãî äîäóìàòüñÿ :)

Ingielu · long ago
Where have you been all my life? ;-) I love what you've done here. Made it easy to understand. Keep up the good work! (Y)

Oleg · long ago
What i meant in last post is that you should use last balls with the same opacity. Also complete circle with balls. Don't reduce balls to empty space. There shouldn't be empty space. It will reduce flickering.

Razorfold · long ago
Excellent man :)

Mitul · long ago
This is Mitul from Www.DesignWebGraphic.Com - This is a nice t utorial.

apon · long ago
i am gay

WeDe · long ago
Woow, that's perfect ;-)

Moony · long ago
No you are gay

dave · long ago
You can also use an adjustement layer for the gradient, this way you can change the balls anytime without having to do all the work all over again...

d5bup3WRs1 · long ago
Hi! Very nice site! Thanks you very much! BmoK3a39cg

Paulino · long ago
Excelente! the tutorial was great! :-D(Y)

Swapnil · long ago
:-D I am really happy and enjoyed Thanks a lot, Nice work (y)

prashant · long ago
Its really great, thanks.

Rahul · long ago
simple & awesome. Thanks!

ctenhxbcax · long ago
Hello! Good Site! Thanks you! oenbeiccrje

zilchjr · long ago

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Jules Manson · long ago
I love this animation. I will create one but perhaps a bit smaller. Do you have a javascript for MSIE and Firefox that will make this image disappear once page has completed loaded? If so please add to this tutorial and/or email me at

opus285 · long ago
I like spheres, and the glassy look. this is the first round progress bar I have see.. totally like it.

Ditza`H · long ago
Well it kinda' looks like the Firefox "please Wait" (upper right corner), but the tutorial is great. 10x a bunch dude!

vlad gerasimov · long ago
To Ditza: and the Firefox animation is in turn looks very much like Aqua (Mac OS X) ! So the roots are deeper...

1deg2kol · long ago
Thank You for taking the time, really good examples....

Jen · long ago
Thanks so much for this clear and lovely tutorial! Your efforts are appreciated.

Amoo · long ago
Pretty COOL ,dude. thx 4 ur teaching, and a nice tut. cool .

Christoph · long ago
Thank you for that really nice example. have joy to write new tutorial :-)

Famme · long ago
Privet vlad! Otlichnaya robota! I really enjoyed this Tutorial. Have a nice day. Poka.

ds · long ago
thanks it was really helpful!!

kymera · long ago
very cool and useful i feel so much better about doing things in ImageReady now :-)

yeah · long ago
nice, really cool 8-)

shannon · long ago
Ican't make heads from tails from this sux :(

El Tigs · long ago
I commend you for your genuine contribution in making the internet a positive and knowlegable experience gained with pleasure. Well done and do keep up the good work. Tigi.

Tuncay Türk · 5 máj 2009
Thank you so much!

miele · 10 júl 2009
>> To do so, drag it down holding ALT key. dont forget to select the "path selection tool" (A) and NOT the move tool!! otherwise you'll get 2 layers.

Ivo Dojchev · 3 január 2010
Да! Просто отлично!

Hasib · 18 december 2010

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