Dynamic moving images with only a single photo: Bring a JPEG file to life with Plotagraph Pro


posted Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 4:59 AM EST


I'm sure that you've seen cinemagraphs around the web. These animated files are made from a series of photographs that are then compiled into a seamless loop. Trey Ratcliff is promoting something similar, Plotagraphs. Instead of needing a series of frames, a Plotagraph uses only a single JPEG image to create an animated file.

When sharing your photography on a digital platform, Plotograph Pro's website makes the case that you ought to make your still images dynamic and bring them to life. They argue that this will make your work stand out from the crowd. Based on the results that Ratcliff achieved I am inclined to agree, Plotagraphs definitely stand out!

So how do you go about making them? As mentioned above, you need only a single frame. You upload a JPEG image to the service and then -- all in-browser, by the way -- you can define the areas you want to move and then you can set the direction and speed of the motion of different areas of the image. You can watch Ratcliff use the service in the video below.

Okay, so this all looks really cool, but what's it cost? It's priced at $299 per year. The subscription includes 10GB of storage and training and support. This is a pre-launch special as well; the software will cost $349 after the launch month.


A video posted by Trey Ratcliff (@treyratcliff) on

While expensive, the results look incredible and will definitely help you make your images memorable online. To read more about the software, see Trey Ratcliff's article and visit Plotagraph Pro's website.

(Seen via Trey Ratcliff's Stuck in Customs