How to make an animated GIF in Adobe Photoshop

Animated GIFs are a popular way to add visual interest to your web pages and social media posts. They can also be used to create simple animations and explainer videos.

To make an animated GIF in Adobe Photoshop, you will need a series of images or video frames. Once you have your images or frames, you can follow these steps:

  1. Open Photoshop and create a new document. The document size should be the same size as the final GIF.
  2. Import the images or video frames into Photoshop. You can do this by going to File > Import > File into Stack.
  3. Once the images or frames have been imported, go to Window > Timeline. This will open the Timeline panel.
  4. In the Timeline panel, click the Create Frame Animation button.
  5. To add a frame to the animation, click the New Frame button.
  6. To duplicate a frame, click the Duplicate Frame button.
  7. To delete a frame, click the Delete Frame button.
  8. To adjust the duration of each frame, click the Frame Duration drop-down menu and select the desired duration.
  9. Once you are happy with the animation, click the Play button to preview it.
  10. To save the animation as a GIF, go to File > Export > Save for Web (Legacy).
  11. In the Save for Web dialog box, select GIF from the Preset drop-down menu.
  12. Adjust the Colors and Dither settings to your liking.
  13. Click the Save button to save the GIF.

Tips for Making Animated GIFs

Here are a few tips for making animated GIFs:

  • Use high-quality images or video frames. The better the quality of the images or frames, the better the GIF will look.
  • Use a consistent frame rate. This will help to create a smooth animation.
  • Keep the GIF size small. This will help to load the GIF quickly on web pages and social media posts.
  • Use a descriptive filename. This will help people to find your GIF when they search for it.

With a little practice, you can use Photoshop to create animated GIFs that are both informative and entertaining.