How To Make a GIF in Adobe Photoshop (It's So Easy!)

Adobe Photoshop has been morphing into more of an everyday kind of tool over the last few years than something just for professionals. Let's face it, we do more now than we ever did with photos. It's not just color correction, it's titles, animation, effects, and just about anything else you can think of.

Now, Photoshop makes it even easier to make gifs out of anything, without using any other software. It could be with a burst of photos you took or even a video, it's just as easy with one or the other.

If you're going to do this with a series of photos, start by importing all the photos you want as a stack. Tha's as easy as opening photoshop and going down this path

File>Scripts> Load Files into Stack

OR, if you're making a gif from a video, you need to strip down the video into individual frames first, which is also super easy in Photoshop. (NOTE: if your file is too long Photoshop might have a hard time stripping down the images, so, you may have to adjust the number of frames you import, which you do by simply selecting the number of frames in the Import Video To Layers window.)

File> Import> Video Frames to Layers

Whether you started with a video or a stack of photos, Photoshop has now made your imported files into a bunch of layers in your project. Which will look like this:

Next you need to access your timeline.

Window> Timeline> Create Frame Animation

From there you just convert the frames to animation. Click on the menu icon in the top right of the timeline '=' and then: Make Frames From Layers.

Now you're almost done...

Click play to see your GIF in action, and change the repeat option (to the left of the play button) to 'Forever'.

To save and export your GIF...
  • 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, change Width and Height fields in the Image Size options.
  • Select Forever from the Looping Options menu.
  • 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.

Head over to Adobe's official page for more information and a free download of Photoshop along with test files to make your own GIF.

Source: Adobe