Complete Video Tutorial
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Here is an introduction Video to my lesson:
So, what is a GIF?
” The Graphics Interchange Format (better known by its acronym GIF/ˈdʒɪf/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.“
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 😉
How To Make an Animated GIF in Photoshop:
Now, we will go through the basic steps of how to create an easy animated GIF in Photoshop.
Just like the one I made below:
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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