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I'm working with animation timeline in Photoshop CS6. I would like to have a small circle layer expand / increase in size, but on the Layer-Timeline panel, these are the only options available:

  • Position
  • Opacity
  • Style
  • Vector Mask Position
  • Vector Mask Enable

How can I make a layer increase in size during my animation?

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

I don't think this is possible with the Timeline panel in Photoshop. I think the closest you can get is to use the Keyframe animation panel instead and manually scale the object in a duplicate layer(s).

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You may also want to look into using After Effects. After Effects will allow you to import your Photoshop layers into the composition. Then you can scale your object to your heart's content.

After Effects Quick Steps

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ahh, thank you very much sir. – user18316 Dec 17 '13 at 9:15
I've looked into this myself. Unfortunately you cant keyframe size in Photoshop. I ended up using After Effects. It's far superior to PS when it comes to animation. (Though PS still has its place) – Adam Thompson Dec 19 '13 at 16:59

Starting from version CS6 you can animate the size of layers in photoshop. Just convert the layer to smart object, and position property will change to transform.

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this should be the accepted answer! – Fez Vrasta Feb 18 '15 at 12:10

If anyone (like me) comes searching for answers here, let me tell you that there's another, way better solution to the problem! I don't know though if it's available to PS versions under CS6.

Go to Layer > Smart Object > Convert to Smart Object

This will replace the "position" line with the "transform" option. Now you can not only move your object, but also make it grow or shrink

PS: If you want to work more professionally, check out the After Effects demo, if it fits you style. This program will probably improve your performance.

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