How to Use Photoshop to Create Animated GIFs.

How to Use Photoshop to Create Animated GIFs.

Knowing how you can create a range of animated GIFs is a great skill to have and one I have used several times no longer will you need to outsource your work. This quick guide will show you exactly what you need to do.

1. Upload your Images into Photoshop

If you’ve already created your images, put them all in a folder. Next, open Photoshop and upload the images by clicking File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack. After that, click on “Browse” and select the files you want to use in your GIF. Click OK. At this point, Photoshop will create a separate layer for all of the images you selected. Move on to step 2.

If you haven’t come up with images yet, produce each frame of the animated GIF as a separate layer in Photoshop. To create a new layer, select Layer > New > Layer. When you have the layers in there and have named them all, move on to step two. If you require some free images check out my list of stock images websites.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure that you name the layers so that you can easily keep track of them when you make your animated GIFs. To title a layer, proceed to the Layer panel located on the bottom right of the screen, double-click on the defaulted layer name, type in the name you’d like to chnge it to and press enter to complete the process.

 

2. Open the Timeline Window

Open the Timeline window by going to the top navigation, select Window > Timeline. This will make it possible to turn various layers on and off for varying periods of time, which will turn a static photo into a GIF. At the bottom of the screen, the Timeline window will show up. Once you are in the Timeline window, click on “Create Frame Animation.” If it’s not already selected, select it in the drop-down menu.

 

3. Create a Layer Per Frame

Up in the navigation menu, at the top, click on “Select > All Layers” to select your layers. Next, click the menu icon that is located on the right of the Timeline screen. In the dropdown menu that shows up, pick “create new layer” for every new frame. Then, open the menu icon again and choose “Make Frames from Layers”. This will generate a frame for each layer of your GIF.

4. Select How Long You Want It to Appear for

Beneath each frame, select how long you want it to appear prior to moving on to the next frame. To accomplish this, click on the time below each of the frames, also choosing how long you would like it to appear.

5. How Often You Would Like It To Loop

Select how often you’d like it to loop by going to the bottom of the toolbar area. While the default is set to “once”, you can actually loop it as many times as you like. Click on “Other” if you want to stipulate a custom amount of repetitions.

6. Preview and Save Your GIF

To preview your GIF, press the play icon. If you’re satisfied with the GIF you created, save it to use online by going to top navigation bar, clicking File > Export > Save for Web – Legacy.

Now you can explore all the creative ways to use your own custom animated GIFs online and enjoy their benefits as you posts go viral

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