Looking to create a GIF in Photoshop? Here’s how to do it in under five minutes using any photo, video or illustration.
The acronym GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. The file type is commonly used to upload moving graphics to websites and create silent looping clips to be shared across social media and instant messaging apps.
While GIFs aren’t the most high-quality files around (the 8-bit format is limited to just 256 colours) they are small and easy to share amongst others. This has made them a popular choice for creating memes and animated reactions to post on Facebook and Twitter.
We’ve put together this guide to teach you how to create your own GIFs in Photoshop.
What you’ll need:
- Adobe Photoshop
- A Creative Cloud subscription
The Short Version
- Open the frames of your GIF as separate layers in Photoshop
- Open the timeline panel
- Click Create Frame Animation
- Select Make Frames From Layers
- Export your GIF
How to create a GIF in Photoshop
Open your frames as separate layers in Photoshop
You can use photos, illustrations or individual frames from a video to make your GIF.
You can find this menu at the top of Photoshop.
This will open the timeline panel.
Click Create Frame Animation
You might need to click the small arrow to find this option.
Click the four-line icon on the right
This will open up the timeline menu.
Select Make Frames From Layers
This will create a frame from each Photoshop layer.
Use the timeline panel to make any changes to your GIF
You can choose how long each frame lasts, how many times it’ll loop and preview your GIF from here.
Once you’re happy with your GIF, click File
Now we’re going to save the GIF.
This will be under File.
Choose Save For Web (Legacy)
You can also skip steps 8 to 10 using the shortcut Alt+Shift+Ctrl+S.
Then just choose a location to save your GIF.
To make a GIF from a video, you’ll first need to open your video in Photoshop by clicking File, Import and Video Frames To Layers. Choose your video and select the frames you want to use. Then follow the steps above to edit your frames using the timeline panel and export your GIF.
Yes, you can create a GIF with a transparent background.