Cinemagraphs the Easy Way - Create Superb 'Living Photos'

Take this Cinemagraph Course—get More Clicks on Social & Marketing Posts. Inexpensive software is Fun & Easy to Use!
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  • Lectures 26
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 1/2017 English

Course Description

Want to make your posts on your favorite social sites stand out? Of course you do! Cinemagraphs do all the talking for you. They're not overly-busy videos, nor are they dull and boring flat photos. A great cross between a photo and a video. 

They are the happy medium.

Today you're going to learn just how easy it is to create your very own cinemagraphs—at home—without having to fork out tons of cash for expensive monthly SaaS (Software as a Service) video editing products. The software showcased in this course is called FlickGraph.

Cinemagraphs made my way don't involve Photoshop; I have used Photoshop in the past to create wonderful cinemagraphs, but the time it takes to make them is simply mind-boggling.

But also just as mind-boggling is how you can easily create your own Cinemagraph masterpieces by using the very same inexpensive software I now use. 

  • No monthly recurring fees. Pay once, use it for life.
  • No need to have expensive data going back and forth to the cloud; the software and files you create reside right on your computer. Don't worry about internet outages or slow speeds.

Learning how to create Cinemagraphs can earn you some decent pocket money at best. At worst—spend hours of fun creating Cinemagraphs for the sheer joy of it! 

Video lectures have closed captioning (an aid to you due to my Lancashire, UK accent!)

OK, interested? I bet you are!

Let's get going ...

What are the requirements?

  • Have a desire to create living photos without the hassle of expensive hard-to-use software

What am I going to get from this course?

  • At the end of my course, you will have learned how easy it is to create stunning Cinemagraphs using inexpensive software.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for those who wish to learn how to create Cinemagraphs quicky and affordably for use in their social posts and marketing efforts.
  • Photography lovers
  • Video creators who want to learn something new and exciting

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Your Cinemagraph-Making Journey Begins Right Here!

Meet Susan as she showcases her Multi Color Fountain Cinemagraph!


A Very Brief Introduction to Cinemagraphs

Section 2: Cinemagraph Basics

Before we dig deep into the course, this brief video is also a way for you to see who your instructor is and get used to my Lancashire (UK) accent!  I've been in the USA since 1980, so there's probably a 'little bit of USA' mixed in there too! :-)

I mention that you will develop a keen eye for picking the right videos for making fantastic Cinemagraphs, and I'll go over the tools you'll need (software etc.) to accomplish that.

So, let's get going!


The video details four different video clips, two that are suitable for Cinemagraphs, and two that are not suitable. Also included are two short .GIF samples of Susan's ferns on a tree, and New Haven train station.

Section 3: Software Used to Create Stunning Cinemagraphs

This video introduces you to the FlickGraph platform.

Section 4: How to Import Your Video Into the Software

Learn How to Open and/or Import a Video File or Existing 'xxx.cnmgr' Project File into the FlickGraph Software

Section 5: Select Which Portion of a Video is Best

Selecting Which Portion of a Video is Best to Use Takes Time and Patience, and a Bit of Trial and Error!

Section 6: Learning the Tool Differences within the Software Program

Two Examples of How 'Reverse' and 'Bouncing' Produces Pleasing Results in a Cinemagraph


Using the Opacity and Smoothness Tools - Use the Default Settings First, to Get Comfortable!


Using the Cropping Tool in FlickGraph - Just Grab on the Lower Right-Hand Corner, and Resize, then Hover over the Middle and Drag your Selection to Where You Want It.

Section 7: Using a Watermark and Why It's Important
If You Wish to Learn More about the Inexpensive FlickGraph Software, Please See the .pdf. Thanks!
Section 8: How to Export a Cinemagraph

Brief Discussion on the Differences Between .MP4 and .GIF files. Which is Best Suited for Cinemagraphs?

1 question

What Do You Know About .GIFs and .MP4s?


See How Easy it is to Export Your Cinemagraph from FlickGraph as an .MP4 file


See How Easy it is to Export Your Cinemagraph from FlickGraph as a .GIF file

Section 9: Fun Cinemagraph Examples

This is just a quick chat about the examples coming up!


Example 1 - Les Miserables from Start to Finish


Example 2 - Smoking Chimney Tops from Start to Finish


Example 3 - Barge on the River Seine from Start to Finish


Example 4 - Bird Eating at a Red Bird Feeder from Start to Finish


Example 5 - Beverage Glass Being Filled from Start to Finish

1 question

Which Type of Video is Best to Use?

Section 10: Make a Nice Monthly Income Selling Your Cinemagraphs

If You Wish to Learn More about the Inexpensive FlickGraph Software, Please See the .pdf. Thanks!

Section 11: Where to Obtain Great Videos for Cinemagraph Use

Of Course You NEED Videos to Create your Cinemagraphs ... If You Love Taking Videos, You're Covered; For Those Who Don't ... Read This!


Don't be shy. If you've got any questions AT ALL, please write to me!

How to Send Me a Question:

  • In any lecture, hover your mouse at the bottom of the video
  • Click on the 'Browse Q&A' button
  • This opens up the panel on the right
  • You can search for questions already asked, or ask a new question
  • Give your question a title, then add your question in the box/field below
  • Hit 'Post Question' button - that's it!


It's free to join - it's on Facebook ... Just go search for "Cinemagraphs with Susan" on Facebook; ask to be added ... and I promise to get back to you ASAP. Thanks for taking this course - and I hope you enjoy creating Cinemagraphs as much as I do! :-)

Before I Go ...
Section 12: NEW: Quick Tips!

Welcome to "Quick Tips" the first of which is: Use a large eraser (circle brush) when starting to erase the part of the video that you want to become your Cinemagraph. The reasoning behind this is simple: You need to be able to see exactly what moves (within your selection) so you don't spend too much time going back and forth. 

Overdo the erasure at the start, then go back and toggle the 'erase' button to 'unerase', and fine tune your Cinemagraph! 

Remember to come back here for more Tips - or sign up here:

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Instructor Biography

Susan Gast, Cinemagraph Designer; Food Dehydrating Guru; Course Creator

About Susan Gast:
Born in Northern England, Susan emigrated to Florida with her parents back in 1980. She is married to a great guy, Alan, and together they adopted a fabulous Miniature Pinscher who pretty much runs the household and keeps them in check.

When she's not at the PC typing her heart out and getting cross-eyed, you can find her enjoying the sunshine and strolling the sandy beaches along Florida's Treasure Coast.

Her Courses:

Food Dehydrating Made Easy!

Would you like to learn the ins and outs of food dehydrating and make sure your food pantry is fully-stocked year 'round - ? Would you like to have peace of mind as to where your next meal is coming from if and when a national disaster strikes, be it weather-related or man-made? If so, you're at the right place!

Susan has been involved in the food dehydrating industry since 2010 and has authored three books on the topic of food dehydrating... so you're in "good hands." She looks forward to sharing her knowledge of food dehydrating with you and making sure you and your family are well-fed - especially during tough times.

Cinemagraphs the Easy Way - Create Superb 'Living Photos'!

Food dehydrating isn't her only interest though. Susan thought it was time to share her knowledge of how to create affordable Cinemagraphs. Not only are they effective at procuring clicks on your favorite social site posts, they're lots of fun to make!

Cinemagraph Short Cut by Susan Gast

This is my first FREE course and it's a lite version of the above Cinemagraphs the Easy Way - Create Superb 'Living Photos'.

Reading and Writing

Susan loves to read and write and she also offers affordable proofreading services to fellow course instructors at reduced rates. You can reach Susan by private messaging her by clicking on her profile photo.

And in her downtime?

Susan loves learning from you guys and gals and enjoys taking YOUR Udemy courses!

Keep 'em coming!

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