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Quick Steps! How to easily create a GIF

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Create a GIF from a series of photos or a video clip

 

Have you ever wanted to create a GIF of your own to post on social media? It really isn't hard!

You can easily turn a series of photos or a segment of a video into an animated GIF in a few minutes using Photoshop.

Here's how:

       Hi there!Hi there!    Hi! I'm DexHi! I'm Dex

 

Create a GIF from a series of photos

 

Import the still photos you want to use to create a GIF 

  • Identify a series of photos that would make a good GIF

  • Open Photoshop and go to File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack

    Screen Shot 2020-01-23 at 11.21.07 PM.png

     


  • Click Browse and locate the photos you want to use (Use the Shift key to select more than one file) and click Open

    Screen Shot 2020-01-23 at 11.24.10 PM.png



  • Click OK to import the photos into layers 

  • If it is not already open, click on Window > Timeline to open the Timeline panel

  • Click the arrow to the right of the Create Frame Animation button in the middle of the Timeline panel and select Create Frame Animation

    Screen Shot 2020-01-23 at 11.30.17 PM.png



  • Now click the Create Frame Animation button to the left of the arrow and it should look something like this

    Screen Shot 2020-01-23 at 11.40.18 PM.png



❷ Convert the layers into animation frames

 

  • Click the menu icon from the upper right corner of the Timeline panel and choose Make Frames From Layers

    Screen Shot 2020-01-23 at 11.40.48 PM.png



  • This will convert all the layers in the Layers panel into individual frames in your animation

    Screen Shot 2020-01-24 at 1.26.57 PM.png



❸ Configure the animation loop

  • If you want to reverse the way the animation is playing, click the Timeline menu icon again and select Reverse Frames

    Screen Shot 2020-01-24 at 1.36.06 PM.png


  • If you want to change the delay before moving to the next frame, you an click on the time below each frame and change it

    Screen Shot 2020-01-24 at 1.34.00 PM.png



  • Click on the triangle next to the word Forever (it might say Forever, Once or x times depending on the setting) at the bottom of the Timeline panel and select Forever if you want to create a looping animation, otherwise set the loop count you desire

    Screen Shot 2020-01-23 at 11.46.13 PM.png



  • Click the Play button from the bottom of the Timeline panel (or press the spacebar on your keyboard) to preview the animation

  • Click the Stop button or press the space bar to stop playing the animation

 

Export the animation as a GIF

  • Go to File > Export > Save for Web (Legacy)

    Screen Shot 2020-01-24 at 1.37.21 PM.png

     

  • Select GIF 128 Dithered from the Preset menu and then select 256 from the Colors menu 


    Screen Shot 2020-01-24 at 1.43.40 PM.png



  • If you are using the GIF online or want to limit the file size of the animation, you can change the Width and Height fields in the Image Size options (if you keep them linked, you only need to select one and the other will change to keep the proportions)

  • Select Forever from the Looping Options menu if you want it to loop continuously, or choose the times you want to loop if you want to change the setting you made earlier

  • Click the Preview button in the lower left corner of the Export window to preview your GIF in a web browser

  • Click Save and select a destination for your animated GIF file

    Screen Shot 2020-01-24 at 1.51.17 PM.png



  • Click Save again

    Contrats! You have successfully created a GIF from still photos.

 

Wave.gif

 

 

 

Create a GIF from a video

Import the video you want to use to create a GIF 

 

In order to keep the GIF short, you might want to clip the video and/or limit the number of frames.

 

  • Click on File > Import > Video Frames to Layers 

    2 gif.png

 

 

  • Navigate to the video you want to use, click Open, 

    3 gif.png

     

     

  • In the Import window, you can clip the video by choosing selected range only and moving the sliders under the video from either side

  • You can also limit the frames you import to an interval, such as every 2 frames

  • I have done both here. Click OK when you are done

    4 gif.png



  • Now the individual video frames have been imported in to individual layers

  • If it is not already open, click on Window > Timeline to open the Timeline panel 

    5 gif.png


❷ 
Configure the animation loop (as in step 3 above)

 

  • If you want to reverse the way the animation is playing, click the Timeline menu icon again and select Reverse Frames

  • If you want to change the delay before moving to the next frame, you an click on the time below the frame and change it

  • Click on the triangle next to the word Forever (it might say Forever, Once or x times depending on the setting) at the bottom of the Timeline panel and select Forever if you want to create a looping animation, otherwise set the loop count you desire

 

  • Click the Play button from the bottom of the Timeline panel (or press the Spacebar on your keyboard) to preview the animation

  • Click the Stop button or press the space bar to stop playing the animation

 Export the animation as a GIF (as in step 4 above)

  • Go to File > Export > Save for Web (Legacy)

  • Select GIF 128 Dithered from the Preset menu

  • Select 256 from the Colors menu

  • If you are using the GIF online or want to limit the file size of the animation, you can change the Width and Height fields in the Image Size options (if you keep them linked, you only need to select one and the other will change to keep the proportions) 

  • Select Forever from the Looping Options menu if you want it to loop continuously, or choose the times you want to loop if you want to change the setting you made earlier

  • Click the Preview button in the lower left corner of the Export window to preview your GIF in a web browser

  • Click Save and select a destination for your animated GIF file

  • Click Save again
  • As with many features in photoshop, there is often more than way to accomplish a task. You can read up on another way to save a GIF and other related features in the links at the bottom of this page

    Congrats! You have successfully created a GIF from a video clip!

    Hi! I'm DexHi! I'm Dex



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Quick Steps! How to easily create a GIF

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Jan 24, 2020

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Create a GIF from a series of photos or a video clip

 

Have you ever wanted to create a GIF of your own to post on social media? It really isn't hard!

You can easily turn a series of photos or a segment of a video into an animated GIF in a few minutes using Photoshop.

Here's how:

       Hi there!Hi there!    Hi! I'm DexHi! I'm Dex

 

Create a GIF from a series of photos

 

Import the still photos you want to use to create a GIF 

  • Identify a series of photos that would make a good GIF

  • Open Photoshop and go to File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack

    Screen Shot 2020-01-23 at 11.21.07 PM.png

     


  • Click Browse and locate the photos you want to use (Use the Shift key to select more than one file) and click Open

    Screen Shot 2020-01-23 at 11.24.10 PM.png



  • Click OK to import the photos into layers 

  • If it is not already open, click on Window > Timeline to open the Timeline panel

  • Click the arrow to the right of the Create Frame Animation button in the middle of the Timeline panel and select Create Frame Animation

    Screen Shot 2020-01-23 at 11.30.17 PM.png



  • Now click the Create Frame Animation button to the left of the arrow and it should look something like this

    Screen Shot 2020-01-23 at 11.40.18 PM.png



❷ Convert the layers into animation frames

 

  • Click the menu icon from the upper right corner of the Timeline panel and choose Make Frames From Layers

    Screen Shot 2020-01-23 at 11.40.48 PM.png



  • This will convert all the layers in the Layers panel into individual frames in your animation

    Screen Shot 2020-01-24 at 1.26.57 PM.png



❸ Configure the animation loop

  • If you want to reverse the way the animation is playing, click the Timeline menu icon again and select Reverse Frames

    Screen Shot 2020-01-24 at 1.36.06 PM.png


  • If you want to change the delay before moving to the next frame, you an click on the time below each frame and change it

    Screen Shot 2020-01-24 at 1.34.00 PM.png



  • Click on the triangle next to the word Forever (it might say Forever, Once or x times depending on the setting) at the bottom of the Timeline panel and select Forever if you want to create a looping animation, otherwise set the loop count you desire

    Screen Shot 2020-01-23 at 11.46.13 PM.png



  • Click the Play button from the bottom of the Timeline panel (or press the spacebar on your keyboard) to preview the animation

  • Click the Stop button or press the space bar to stop playing the animation

 

Export the animation as a GIF

  • Go to File > Export > Save for Web (Legacy)

    Screen Shot 2020-01-24 at 1.37.21 PM.png

     

  • Select GIF 128 Dithered from the Preset menu and then select 256 from the Colors menu 


    Screen Shot 2020-01-24 at 1.43.40 PM.png



  • If you are using the GIF online or want to limit the file size of the animation, you can change the Width and Height fields in the Image Size options (if you keep them linked, you only need to select one and the other will change to keep the proportions)

  • Select Forever from the Looping Options menu if you want it to loop continuously, or choose the times you want to loop if you want to change the setting you made earlier

  • Click the Preview button in the lower left corner of the Export window to preview your GIF in a web browser

  • Click Save and select a destination for your animated GIF file

    Screen Shot 2020-01-24 at 1.51.17 PM.png



  • Click Save again

    Contrats! You have successfully created a GIF from still photos.

 

Wave.gif

 

 

 

Create a GIF from a video

Import the video you want to use to create a GIF 

 

In order to keep the GIF short, you might want to clip the video and/or limit the number of frames.

 

  • Click on File > Import > Video Frames to Layers 

    2 gif.png

 

 

  • Navigate to the video you want to use, click Open, 

    3 gif.png

     

     

  • In the Import window, you can clip the video by choosing selected range only and moving the sliders under the video from either side

  • You can also limit the frames you import to an interval, such as every 2 frames

  • I have done both here. Click OK when you are done

    4 gif.png



  • Now the individual video frames have been imported in to individual layers

  • If it is not already open, click on Window > Timeline to open the Timeline panel 

    5 gif.png


❷ 
Configure the animation loop (as in step 3 above)

 

  • If you want to reverse the way the animation is playing, click the Timeline menu icon again and select Reverse Frames

  • If you want to change the delay before moving to the next frame, you an click on the time below the frame and change it

  • Click on the triangle next to the word Forever (it might say Forever, Once or x times depending on the setting) at the bottom of the Timeline panel and select Forever if you want to create a looping animation, otherwise set the loop count you desire

 

  • Click the Play button from the bottom of the Timeline panel (or press the Spacebar on your keyboard) to preview the animation

  • Click the Stop button or press the space bar to stop playing the animation

 Export the animation as a GIF (as in step 4 above)

  • Go to File > Export > Save for Web (Legacy)

  • Select GIF 128 Dithered from the Preset menu

  • Select 256 from the Colors menu

  • If you are using the GIF online or want to limit the file size of the animation, you can change the Width and Height fields in the Image Size options (if you keep them linked, you only need to select one and the other will change to keep the proportions) 

  • Select Forever from the Looping Options menu if you want it to loop continuously, or choose the times you want to loop if you want to change the setting you made earlier

  • Click the Preview button in the lower left corner of the Export window to preview your GIF in a web browser

  • Click Save and select a destination for your animated GIF file

  • Click Save again
  • As with many features in photoshop, there is often more than way to accomplish a task. You can read up on another way to save a GIF and other related features in the links at the bottom of this page

    Congrats! You have successfully created a GIF from a video clip!

    Hi! I'm DexHi! I'm Dex



If you want to read more about related topics and settings, here are some informative links:

 

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I am currently on Photoshop version 21.0.3, it is impossible to access the creation of "frame" in the contextual navigation of the "edition" area, therefore impossible to make an animation ... The problem did not arise on earlier versions of Photoshop.

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The problem is solved...
You must select "create an image animation" then click on "create an image animation" to validate !!!

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Hi this is a short video about it

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Very useful!

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Thank you, this is very helpful.

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