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Photoshop Timeline is Completely Unintuitive

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Mar 08, 2017 Mar 08, 2017

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Why does creating a new frame in "frame animation" not create an associated layer or group? (give you the option to select one, and set say opacity)
Why cant I drag and drop layers or groups onto new frames to set the frame?
Why cant I drag a new layer on to the timeline to create a new frame?
Why cant I toggle between frame using the arrow keys?
Why cant i delete the entire timeline and remove the frame animation from a menu ON THE TIMELINE?
Why when i create a frame animation the default frame time is 5 seconds? That will very rarely be needed.
Why when i create or swap from frame animation to video timeline, do all my frames STACK ON TOP OF EACHOTHER?
Why do i have to key a layer to a frame by toggling visibility?

Most importantly, why did you, Adobe, add a timeline and animation system to Photoshop, and then make it complete and total unintuitive crap?

If i am being DEAD honest, your timeline feature complete garbage. Fix it. Make it usable. Make it reasonable. MAKE IT INTUITIVE.

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 08, 2017 Mar 08, 2017
Hi Gearhart, Wow, it seems like you are really frustrated with the timeline feature in Photoshop. I have my students use it to create short and quick GIFs files. They find it fun. We also create animations using After Effects and Animate. These programs are made for animation. We use Premiere for video editing. Those timelines are intuitive for video, animation, and GIFs. Sometimes we create an animation in After Effects and then finish it in Photoshop to save it as a GIF. Some of these things m...

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Hi Gearhart, Wow, it seems like you are really frustrated with the timeline feature in Photoshop. I have my students use it to create short and quick GIFs files. They find it fun. We also create animations using After Effects and Animate. These programs are made for animation. We use Premiere for video editing. Those timelines are intuitive for video, animation, and GIFs. Sometimes we create an animation in After Effects and then finish it in Photoshop to save it as a GIF. Some of these things might make what you are trying to do easier.

Wow, it seems like you are really frustrated with the timeline feature in Photoshop. I have my students use it to create short and quick GIFs files. They find it fun. We also create animations using After Effects and Animate. These programs are made for animation. We use Premiere for video editing. Those timelines are intuitive for video, animation, and GIFs. Sometimes we create an animation in After Effects and then finish it in Photoshop to save it as a GIF. Some of these things might make what you are trying to do easier.

I am not Adobe, so I can't answer your questions. However, I want to share some ideas and our workarounds with you. I have my students use it to create short and quick GIFs files. They find it fun. We also create animations using After Effects and Animate. These programs are made for animation. We use Premiere for video editing. Those timelines are intuitive for video, animation, and GIFs. Sometimes we create an animation in After Effects and then finish it in Photoshop to save it as a GIF. Some of these things might make what you are trying to do easier.

I have my adult students use Photoshop timelines to create short and quick animated GIFs files. They seem to find it fun. We also create animations using After Effects and Animate CC. These programs are smooth and made for animation. We use Premiere for video editing. Those timelines are intuitive for video, animation, and GIFs. Sometimes we create an animation in After Effects and then finish it in Photoshop to save it as a GIF. Some of these things might make what you are trying to do easier.

Not sure what you were trying to do, but maybe you could try some of these ideas in the meantime.

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Feb 16, 2020 Feb 16, 2020

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I ended up here searching about "Adobe Photoshop Timeline is garbage" . It's ridiculous. Compared to Image After and After Effects I have serious doubts they have ever actually used the function themselves. We really regressed, didn't we? Photoshop WAS better a decade ago. And like you when giving lessons it's sad to make myself look like a fool because the software has turned against me. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 16, 2020 Feb 16, 2020

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"Compared to Image After and After Effects"

 

Hi MagnusKallas,

 

If you did not read Andrea's excellent response to the question you found with your search, please read it now. Note the Photoshop is at its core an image editor with other capabilities. As Andrea says, After Effects (and Animate CC) were made for animation, so by all means use After Effects for animation since you have it and know it.

 

Can you tell us what "Image After" is? 

 

~ Jane

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THE SAME HOLDS TRUE FOR AFTER EFFECTS. SUPER BIG TIME WASTER. 

THINKING ADOBE IS FOR ROBOTS NOT ACTUAL ARTISTS.

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