How to make a GIF in Photoshop (in detail)

A GIF, which is short for Graphics Interchange Format, is just an animated image. Although there are several ways to make a GIF, Photoshop is simple and accessible. GIFs are not videos, they are animated images.

After we learn what a GIF is, let’s learn how to do it. It’s easier than you think. All you need is the Photoshop program and the ability to follow instructions. Again, we assure you that it is not difficult.

Import images into Photoshop

Import images into Photoshop

To make GIFs in Photoshop you have to follow different paths. If you have a bunch of pictures, follow these instructions.

  1. Open the “Photoshop” program.
  2. Drag the mouse pointer in the navigation bar to the top of the screen.
  3. Find the File bar. It’s on the left side of the screen and next to the Edit menu.
  4. Click the “File” menu and go to “Scripts”.
  5. After clicking the Scripts option on the File menu, you will come across “Load files in batch …”.
  6. A window with the text “Load Layers” appears. Clicking “Browse” in the window will open another tab. This tab allows you to select images from your computer. You need to select multiple images to create a GIF.
  7. After selecting the images, select the “Open” button.
  8. These images are loaded into Photoshop as a single file.
  9. Click the “Okay” button.

For single to no pictures

  1. Move the mouse pointer to the top of the screen in the navigation bar.
  2. Find the File bar. It’s on the left side of the screen and next to the Edit menu.
  3. Click the “File” menu and go to “New …”. (Or you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + N.)
  4. Select your image and drag it into the Photoshop project window, or select your image by clicking the “Open” button listed under the “New …” option.

To create additional frames for other images in this new document, you will need to manually create layers for each of these images. You have two options here.

  1. You can either select the “Level” menu, switch to the “New …” bar and switch to “Level …”. The keyboard shortcut is Shift + Ctrl + N).
  2. You can also click the New Layer option in the Layers palette, located to the left of the Trash icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.

When you have completed this step don’t forget to name each layer. This prevents disorganization in the workflow. To rename each one individually, double-click the layer name in the Layers palette and enter the name.

Open the timeline panel

Open the timeline panel

After you’ve uploaded your images to Photoshop and followed these steps, you’re one step closer to creating an animated GIF in Photoshop. In the next phase, the “Timeline” window is opened and work is carried out in this window. Since it isn’t open by default when you open Photoshop, you’ll have to open it manually

  1. Find the “Window” in the navigation bar.
  2. Click on it and go to the “Timeline” option. You will see a whole new window that appears at the bottom of the screen.

Create a frame animation and create frames from layers

This step is the easiest as there isn’t much to do. As we complete this step, we are nearing the formation of our GIF.

  1. Go to the Timeline panel and click Create Frame Animation. This option automatically creates the first frame.
  2. In the same menu, find the option “Create frames from layers” and click on it. It is located as a flyout on the right-hand side of the “Timeline” menu. This allows you to select each individual frame in the Timeline panel and edit it to your liking.

Looping options

If you want to repeat the image multiple times, you can change it in the Timeline panel.

  1. Find the “Once” option at the bottom of the toolbar and below the timeline.
  2. Click the “Once” option. You can set it to 3 times for an unlimited period of time or you can specify the number of times by clicking on “Other …”.
  3. Select the Forever option to allow your GIF to play repeatedly.
  4. Select all of the images by holding the Shift key and clicking the arrow below the last image.
    This way you can adjust the timing. This means how long each image will be displayed before moving on to the next. Although that down arrow is below each frame, after selecting all of the frames, it is sufficient to click on the last one.
create the gif

Create GIF

  1. After you’ve chosen the speed you want, click the Play button at the bottom of the Timeline panel to preview your gif. Do not forget now; You didn’t create the GIF. Make sure you save the GIF.
  2. To do this, open the navigation bar and click on the “File” menu.
  3. Come to “Save As …”. A new window is going to be opened. Select where and under what name you want to save your GIF, then click the “Save” button. Your file will be saved in PSD format.
  4. If you’d like to share it online, head to the top navigation bar. Click the File menu, choose Export, then choose Save For Web (Legacy).
  5. A window will open. Choose the GIF option from the Preset drop-down list. Click the “Save” button below to save it to your computer.

FAQ on creating a GIF in Photoshop

Where is the navigation bar?

It’s at the top of the screen.

The Timeline panel does not appear. Where is it?

You can open it by clicking on “Window” in the navigation bar and switching to the “Timeline” option.

How can I save the GIF on my computer?

Click on the “File” menu in the navigation bar and select “Save as…”. After you have assigned a name and a folder, click the “Save” button.

How can I share the GIF online?

On the navigation bar, click the File menu and choose Export, then Save for Web (Legacy). Click the “Save” button after selecting “GIF”.

Can I adjust the loop number?

Yes, you can do this by changing the “Once” option in the Timeline section to how many times you want it to play.

Conclusion on creating a GIF in Photoshop

In this article we have explained how to make GIFs in Photoshop. If you read and follow each step carefully, you can easily create an animated GIF in Photoshop too. While there are many types of images on social media, this one is likely to keep its impact on social media users. Don’t forget to share it with others on the internet! Here’s how you can share it on Instagram.

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