How to make an animated GIF in Photoshop
How to make an animated GIF in Photoshop
Today we have a tutorial focusing on how to make an animated GIF in Photoshop.
GIFs can be of any size, can loop endlessly and they are used widely on the World Wide Web. They are really fun and easy to make and are actually really popular nowadays because you can find so many homepages that let you share your personal GIF or to just look and download them from other persons who uploaded their GIFs.
If you have a series of funny, cute or spectacular images in your photo archive, you will be more than surprised seeing your images turning into a small video sequence. So find some good pictures which you want to put together as frames and start to create a folder where you move the images to.
This could be a sequence out of 10 or also out of 100, the numbers of images don’t matter, you decide how long you want your GIF to b, let’s say there is no limit for how many frames you will use for a gif but the more files you use the longer the GIF and the bigger file size will be. What really counts is that you will receive a super cool GIF in the end and all in all this will take you just a couple of minutes to create in Photoshop.
Let’s start with our Tutorial:
- Open up Photoshop CS 6 and in order to create the GIF, we have to reduce the image size of our images. This is important, our GIF shouldn’t be a large file because small sized GIFs just load faster on the Web. So click on “File” -> “Scripts” -> “Image Processor.
- Then select the Folder where your images, you want to use for your GIF, are saved. Now you click on “Resize to Fit” in order to set your image size. I recommend using an image size of maximum 1000px at the longest side of your image, GIFs usually are very small, so using an image size between 400px – 1000px will be okay. After you decided for an image size you just click on “Run”.
- Now your images are downsized to your size and you will find them in the same folder where your original images are saved. So now we have to import all the downsized images in Photoshop, in order to do so we simply click on “File” -> “Scripts” -> “Load Files into Stack…”.
- Then select all your images you want to use for your GIF and click on “OK”.
- As you can see, all images are now loaded into Photoshop. In this case, I used a sequence of a hamster eating some berries. The next step is to select all the layers/images we have imported in Photoshop. So therefore just click on “Select”-> “All Layers”.
- In order to import all the selected images in the “Timeline” click on the field, i have marked red and select “Make Frames From Layers”.
- All images are now imported into the “Timeline”. The next step is to click again on the field I have marked red in order to select “Select All Frames”.
- The images we have now in the “Timeline” are in a reverse order, so we need to click again on the field I marked red and simply select “Reverse Frames” to get the right order.
- Alright, we almost finished with our GIF, now we have to decide how long a frame should appear before it switches to the next frame. Simply click on the time and set your preferred time, I would recommend setting the time to 0,1s – 0,5s.
- Make sure your GIF loops forever 🙂
- Now we have to save our GIF, click on “File” -> “Save for Web…”.
- Okay, we finally have finished with our GIF, to save the GIF simply click on “Save…”.
As you can see GIFs are really easy to make and will take you only a couple of minutes to create.
Here you can see the result of our GIF.
We hope you enjoyed this tutorial !!
All images by Julian Rad.
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Julian Rad is a self-taught award-winning wildlife photographer, who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1991. When he bought his first camera at the age of 20, he found an expression for the fascination he had about nature & wildlife. He already had many publications in national and internation magazines and newspapers (New York Post, Daily Mirror, Daily Express, The Times, GEO, Digital Photographer Magazine...). He has won several photo competitions such as the comedy wildlife photography awards in 2015.