Animated Gif´s

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Feb 26, 2022 Feb 26, 2022

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Good morning to all designers from the Adobe Creative community. I work with Illustrator to do infographics and I want to start making simple animated gifs with them. Is there a way to do this in Illustrator? What is the simplest application to do this? And can someone send me link´s of 'how to' of a reliable site (preferably free).

Thanks, ana

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Feb 26, 2022 Feb 26, 2022

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Not directly with Illustrator.

You can prepare the artwork, even the animation, but you cannot export animated GIF.

 

The closest you get it export PSD and then use Photoshop from there.

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Feb 26, 2022 Feb 26, 2022

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See if Layers menu > Release to Layers or Release to Layers (build) will help you prep your artwork.

 

As @Monika Gause suggested, export to Photoshop maintaining layers. Use the layers in the Timeline (Frame Animation) panel to create the GIF. Export from Photoshop. 

 

David Creamer
Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Certified Professional, and Adobe Certified Expert (since 1995)

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Feb 27, 2022 Feb 27, 2022

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Hello Ana,

Instead of creating an animated GIF, you could also create an animated SVG directly from Illustrator. Draw the individual images in a file on artboards of the same size and then use my plug-in for the export: https://www.behance.net/gallery/124761797/Javascript-for-Illustrator-FrameByFrameSVGjsx

 

I plan to extend the capabilities of the plug-in, for example to make the SVG file smaller.

 

– j.

 

 

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Feb 27, 2022 Feb 27, 2022

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Update: 

And there is a small, new tool that creates pixel animations. You can also use SVG images from Illustrator. I have created a mini example with three frames. The three balls are each on an artboard, which I then exported as an SVG from AI. In Pixelmesh, I then combined the three images into an animation and exported it as aGIF. You can download all the files in a ZIP file from my website: https://www.computergrafik-know-how.de/download/ThreeImages.zip

ThreeImage.gif

 

Pixelmesh is available for Mac and Win. The demo version runs for 7 days. It costs USD 25.00. See https://nevercenter.com/pixelmash/.

 

- j.



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