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My photoshop timeline menu is not showing all the options I need to crate a frame animation. Help please!

New Here ,
Jan 02, 2016 Jan 02, 2016

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Hi there,

My photoshop timeline is not showing all the options I need in order to create a frame animation. It seems as though some of the options are not available (mouse arrow turns into a black circle with a cross through it when I hover my mouse over such options) and the menu bar is not showing all the options that should be there in order to create an animated gif.

Is this because I need to update my photoshop? I have attached 2 photos to help - 1st photo is the menu options I see on my computer. 2nd photo (with the red arrow in it) is what the timeline menu should look like based on the online photoshop GIF tutorial I am following.

Thanks for your help!

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Adobe Community Professional , Feb 25, 2016 Feb 25, 2016
You have to click the "Create Frame Animation" button in the center of the panel before you can click the convert button in the lower left. Photoshop can't switch between the two if it doesn't know what kind of animation it is to begin with. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 02, 2016 Jan 02, 2016

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You have a Video Timeline. Convert it to a Frame Animation via the teeny-tiny button in the lower left corner of the Timeline panel. (It'll look like 3 hollow squares.)

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 23, 2016 Feb 23, 2016

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I have used the drop list to change to 'Create Frame Animation' and nothing changes with the menu. I have tried clicking the three boxes, but the cursor changes to a 'you can't do that' symbol (See attached photo). Any idea what gives?

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Feb 25, 2016 Feb 25, 2016

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You have to click the "Create Frame Animation" button in the center of the panel before you can click the convert button in the lower left. Photoshop can't switch between the two if it doesn't know what kind of animation it is to begin with. 

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 25, 2016 Feb 25, 2016

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I had ticked Frame Animation in that drop down list in the center of the screen, but didn't realize that it became a button I had to click as well. Seems redundant, but as long as it is working it's all good. Thanks.

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New Here ,
Feb 28, 2018 Feb 28, 2018

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So relieved to find this thread.  I had exactly the same issue and it has been driving me nuts!

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Explorer ,
Aug 09, 2019 Aug 09, 2019

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well, it wasn't really clear , was it?!!!

thanks.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 07, 2019 Nov 07, 2019

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Well EUREKA!! So easy when you click on Create Frame Animation, not just select in from the dropdown.... Phew!

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New Here ,
Jul 16, 2020 Jul 16, 2020

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So happy to see this!!!! So relieved!!!

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 19, 2020 Aug 19, 2020

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Same here, I can't tell you how long I was trying to figure this out. Thank God I found this!

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New Here ,
Jul 18, 2021 Jul 18, 2021

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It doset let me press it anyway.14424484-9ED7-4088-85DB-3559C2B8B4C9_1_105_c.jpeg

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New Here ,
Aug 02, 2021 Aug 02, 2021

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I'm having the same exact issue. someone please help.

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New Here ,
Aug 29, 2021 Aug 29, 2021

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I have the same issue , Timline option dont allow me as well.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 30, 2021 Aug 30, 2021

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Hello, on which computer are you? On a M1 mac, there is no video layers yet in the native mode, you need to switch to the rosetta version: https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/kb/photoshop-for-apple-silicon.html

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