How To Make an Easy Animated GIF using Photoshop

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In this blog post, I will help you get closer to creating your own simple animated GIF in a just a few easy steps!

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So, what is a GIF?

Wikipedia says,

” The Graphics Interchange Format (better known by its acronym GIF/ˈɪf/JIF or /ˈɡɪf/GHIF) is a bitmapimage format that was developed by a team at the bulletin board service (BBS) provider CompuServe led by American computer scientist Steve Wilhite on June 15, 1987.[1]

In other words, it is a file format that supports static and animated images!

You see GIFs all the time, and I’m sure you have sent a couple of funny ones to your friends on Facebook Messenger 😉


Step By Step GIF Making Process


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Make animated gif using photoshop


Now, we will go through the basic steps of how to create an easy animated GIF in Photoshop.


First things first:

Setting Up Your Workspace

  • You need a couple of images ready, or better yet a great idea for your upcoming project!
  • Have your Photoshop file set up.
  • Go to Window –> Workspace –> Motion.
  • You will see a “timeline” window pop up at the bottom of your screen! Great 🙂
  • Now click “Create Video Timeline”
  • You can work from here if you like, however, if you are new to this, I would suggest clicking on the squares icon at the bottom. This is your workspace now!

Preparing Your Layers

  • Work as you usually do with layers! You can use as many layers as you like, 20 layers don’t equal to twenty keyframes!
  • When you have all your layers ready, you will notice that the little square in your timeline looks exactly as your canvas right now! Congrats, you have your first keyframe! 🙂
  • Now click on the icon within Video Timeline that looks like the one we are all used to “new layer”, and a new square will pop up with exactly the same image as your canvas! Great, now you have 2 keyframes!
  • Go ahead and turn of opacity for the layers you only want visible on the first keyframe, and create a new image or tweak the previous one.
  • Now the 2 images are different, and you can press the “play” button, or hit your spacebar to view your brand new gif!!
  • bonus tip: in the bottom left corner you can decide if you want it looping once or forever! I suggest the forever option if you will only have 2 keyframes as I do in my GIF 🙂


To export this file for web, go to File–> Export –> Save for Web.

Now you are all good to go!!

Share your GIFs with us here, I would LOVE TO see them all! 🙂


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  2. Hi! Are you using 2017 or 2018? I upgraded to 2018 and I’m not getting this to work. Now granted I’m insane on the holiday sugar and caffeine and probably shouldn’t be attempting this but I have photos of a Christmas puppy that would make a great gif. Thanks!

    1. YourArtBud

      Dear Eloise,
      I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you right away, but from what I can tell you are a smart cookie and you figured everything out for yourself right away! Good job!!
      And if my post could be of help – I’m really happy 🙂
      Great GIF by the way!!! The puppy is so cute <3 🙂
      Good luck in your creations!

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