You can create lots of different effects very simply and quickly using Animation Shop. Here’s how to do some simple but great looking effects.
Open up your image (it’s easier if it’s not already animated), and go to Effects > Insert Image Transition… (or Insert Image Effects…).
Here you can use the drop down menu to choose an effect you like. Once you’ve chosen, press ‘Ok’. I’ve done some examples to show you what you can do:
Once you’ve made any adjustments to the settings you like, hit ‘Ok’ and then save.