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How can you export a gif with a transparent background?

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Mar 09, 2019

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I'm trying to export a gif with a transparent background, but the gif always has a black background even if there's none in the composition.

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GIF is a graphic file not video/movie file and AE is not the best tool to export that but if you wish to do that straight from AE - you have to use script called GifGun.
I you don't wanna spend money on that - you have to:
- export your animation to image sequence with alpha channel
- open that in PS
- export to GIF by going to File/Export/Save for web

But you have to remember that GIF don't have actually real alpha as f.eg. png. As for small in size animated stuff with alpha - you can try to experiment with animated webp format.

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How can you export a gif with a transparent background?

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I'm trying to export a gif with a transparent background, but the gif always has a black background even if there's none in the composition.

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Correct answer by imeilfx | Adobe Community Professional

GIF is a graphic file not video/movie file and AE is not the best tool to export that but if you wish to do that straight from AE - you have to use script called GifGun.
I you don't wanna spend money on that - you have to:
- export your animation to image sequence with alpha channel
- open that in PS
- export to GIF by going to File/Export/Save for web

But you have to remember that GIF don't have actually real alpha as f.eg. png. As for small in size animated stuff with alpha - you can try to experiment with animated webp format.

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GIF is a graphic file not video/movie file and AE is not the best tool to export that but if you wish to do that straight from AE - you have to use script called GifGun.
I you don't wanna spend money on that - you have to:
- export your animation to image sequence with alpha channel
- open that in PS
- export to GIF by going to File/Export/Save for web

But you have to remember that GIF don't have actually real alpha as f.eg. png. As for small in size animated stuff with alpha - you can try to experiment with animated webp format.

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Hi,

 

I have tried this method but once I go to export my GIF from photoshop I get an error message :  'Adobe save  for web error: Could not complete this action. An uknown error has occurred'

 

I have read on other forums to reduce the image size but this still does not work.

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