Easy Steps to Create Animated GIFs in Adobe Photoshop

Have you heard about GIFs? While spending time on internet, came across some easy steps to create animated GIFs in Photoshop? What basically an animated GIF? An animated GIF is an image file which allows users to encounter themselves with an animated image which seems to be moving but actually it is not. Moving forward we will here show you some animated images which will just give you an idea about what a GIF looks like.

Do you think creating GIFs are hard to make? If yes, then you are absolutely wrong because it is not really hard to make. You must have an access to the free trial version of Photoshop along with few minutes to spend on the same. You can easily find GIFs everywhere because they are internet equivalent full of humours and GIFs allow users to speak a lot without even uttering a word. The most basic feature of Photoshop is to make GIFs.

Easy steps to create animated GIFs in Photoshop from existing images

You just need to stitch together all the existing images to create one animated GIF. Here we will simply take four images at once to create an animated GIF.

  • Users just need to select four images out of the existing images from their device and copy them to a separate folder.
  • Import all the four selected images into Photoshop and click on File>>Scripts>>Load images to stack.

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A window will pop up and you need to select “Folder” followed by browsing the folder you created with the selected four images.

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Click on OK and Photoshop will automatically start importing all your selected images with separate layers.

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Now, all our four selected images are loaded in the Photoshop. We can easily set for creating the animation.

  • Now, the process of animation basically starts and it can be accessed from the window ‘Timeline’. Click on Window>>Timeline.

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At bottom, you will see a new window pop up and there you can see a single button. Click on the arrow for drop down menu and click on ‘Create Frame Animation’.

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Now, you will be able to see one of the four selected images in the Timeline window along with a drop down menu. Click and select ‘Create New Layer for Each Frame’.

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Anything happened? No? That’s because we haven’t really added images to animation. In order to add the images to animation, we need to open the same menu again followed by selecting ‘Make Frames from Layers’ from the drop down menu.

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This step will basically create a new frame for all the layers present in the Layers panel and this will actually take you to the Timeline Window where you can see all the selected four images.

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Now, you can simply resize or reposition the images accordingly to get them fit in the canvas (hit CTRL+T). Once it is done, you can simply click on the arrow below every image to select the time delay between two slides.

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  • Now it’s time to save the animation in GIF format. Press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+S which is most the easiest way to save or you can simply click on File>>Save for Web.

A window will pop up and you must select ‘GIF’ as the format of the animated image followed by selecting ‘GIF 128 Dithered’.

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Click on SAVE and open your web browser where you can see your animated image with endless loop.

This was pretty easy. No? Yes, it is. Basic principles of Photoshop remains the same always while advanced techniques of Photoshop animation postulates the tweezing as well. We have tried our best to describe everything here in short and simplest manner which is for sure handy for those people having no knowledge about advanced skills of animation. If still you overcome any issues, please feel free to contact us.