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How to make animated GIFs in Photoshop

September 7, 2019

Hello! I’m Cristina from Elan Creative
Co and in this tutorial I’m going to show you how to make simple animated
GIFs in Photoshop. I’m going to make the intro for this video and then I’m going
to show you how to save the animation as a GIF and as a video. I’m going to
make the first frame and then i want to make small changes to it and create 4
other frames. I want to have 5 frames. We are going to work with the Layers panel,
so if you can see it you can open it from Window>Layers or by pressing f7. Now
I’m going to click on the padlock next to the background and unlock the layer.
Then I am going to switch to the Paint Bucket tool, select this very light pink,
and change the background color. I’m going to switch to the Type tool, the
shortcut is T, and I want to write “how to make gifs in Photoshop”, the title of this
tutorial. So i am going to use this gold and I am using the Just Awesome font
family because I’m going for a hand-drawn look. You can make really great-looking
GIFs using your hand lettering. So let’s type “how to make”. Now I am going to
switch to Just Awesome Regular font, and let’s make it bigger,
probably 300 points, and let’s type GIFs. Now this font family doesn’t have other
weights, so I am going to use the Character panel to make it thicker and let’s make the S a little bit smaller.
Now I want to type… Let’s make this also 150 and change the weight. This needs to
be smaller, maybe 100. Okay! So this is what I want. Now let’s
select all of them and make sure they’re centered. This looks great!
The next step is to change the colors of these letters and then add a texture to
it to get that hands-on feel. So let’s select the Type tool again and change the
colors. I like how this looks. So the last step is to add a texture. I’m going to
create a new layer. The new layer is on top of all the other layers, and then I’m
going to switch to this off-white, and using the Brush tool and a texture I
made, I am just going to add this to the animation. I really love the way this
looks so I am going to switch back to the Selection tool, I’m going to select
all the layers, and then click here to add them to a folder. This will be my
first frame. So let’s call it Frame 1. Now select the group and drag it to the new
layer button and rename it Frame 2. This will be our second frame, and I am just
going to make a few small changes. First I’m going to delete the texture because
I want to have different textures. Well, I’m going to use the same brush, but I
want it to be a bit different for each frame. Then I’m going to switch to the
Type tool and change the colors in the word GIFs. Now I’m going to create a new layer,
switch to the off-white, and then to the Brush tool, and maybe let’s make this
brush a bit bigger. I use the bracket keys to make the brush bigger or smaller.
And I’m going to apply it to the frame. Now I’m going to make another copy of
the frame and call it Frame 3. So again I’m going to change the colors
and add a different texture. Now that we have 5 frames we can start making the
animation. You can make as many frames as you want, but keep in mind that the more
frames you have, the larger your file will be. So if you want to add it to your blog
you shouldn’t have a very large file. If you want you can right click on the
frames and merge the groups. I like to keep them as groups because I can go
back in and make changes to them if I need to. We can make animations from the
timeline panel. Just go to Window>Timeline to open it. Make sure you click
on Create Frame Animation. If Creative Video Timeline is at the top, click on
the arrow and then switch to Create Frame Animation, then click on it to open
the panel. The timeline is open and we already have a frame. The first frame is
actually the layer or the group that’s on top. So if you want you can change the
order of the layers or even change the order of the frames. Next, I want to
change the delay between frames, the time each frame is visible. I am going to
switch to 0.2 seconds. You can also change this later, but if you have many
frames, it’s better to do it in the beginning. Make sure you change the
looping options from Once or 3 times to Forever. That
will create that GIF effect that goes on forever. Then create a copy of
the first frame by dragging it to the Duplicate Frame icon and then go to the
Layers panel and make the first frame invisible. So as you can see this is the
first and this is the second. Now create another copy and make the second frame
invisible. Do the same for all the other frames. So now we have five different
frames. If you have too many frames then using this manual method might be too
time-consuming. So you can merge each group and then go to the Timeline
settings and click on Make Frames from Layers. I cannot do that now because I
made each group into a frame. To test your GIF, just click on the play button. As
you can see, it looks great. The colors are changing and you can also
see that the texture is a bit different. Now click on stop to close it. And if you
want, you can also play with the width or size of your font, or just rotate it for
a little bit. You can create a really great effect if you use your own hand
lettering. If you are satisfied with your animation, let’s save it. So go to File>
Export>Export for web. If you are using an older version of Photoshop, this
option might be under Save as. So let’s change the preset to GIF. The first
option is usually the best one, especially if you have many colors. Now
it’s really important to take a look at the size of the GIF, and if it’s too big
you might want to compress it or maybe remove some of the layers.
Another important thing, if you want to upload your GIF to WordPress, make sure the
image size is the same size as the area where you want to use it. So for example,
if I want to use this GIF in a blog post, I am going to make it 800 by 450
pixels. That’s because the width of my blog
post area is 800 pixels. If the GIF is larger than your blog post area or your
sidebar, WordPress will resize it and instead of saving the animation it will
only save the first image so your GIF won’t be a GIF anymore. Then click Save
and search for a place on your computer to save it. Now to test it, just drag it
into a browser and as you can see the GIF works. I want to use this animation
on Instagram so I’m going to make a few changes to it. First Instagram works
better with square images so I’m going to go to Image>Canvas Size and resize it.
Let’s change to pixels and I want to make it 1000 by 1000 pixels. This option
will not change the size of my image, it will only change the size of my canvas.
That’s very important because it will not distort the image. Click on Proceed and
as you can see I have this empty space here so I am going to create a new layer
and then just fill it with the same color as the background. So now each
layer is the same color. You should also use videos that are at least 5 seconds
long on Instagram. My video is only 1 second long so I will have to make 5
other copies of this, well 4 other, so I’m going to select all of them and just
create another copy. So now I have 2 seconds, 3 seconds, 4 seconds, and finally
5 seconds. So if I want to save this as a GIF, this will be much larger than my
other GIF. To save it as a video, just go to File>Export>Render Video.
You can change the settings if you want, and maybe rename it, and then press
Render to save it. So let’s test the video. This looks really pretty actually.
I really love that vintage look it has because of the texture. Hope you enjoy
making GIFs! If you want to see more Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials,
don’t forget to subscribe to my channel. Thanks for watching!


  • Reply Hugo Lima July 11, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Thanks for the upload. Greetings from Mexico!!!

  • Reply sehviina August 6, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    I‘m so glad I found your YouTube channel! It definitely is one of my favorites by now. I could never quite figure out how to use illustrator/photoshop but you make it look so fun! 🌸☺️

  • Reply Marriages August 14, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    legit thank you

  • Reply English Squared August 15, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Very organized and clear. Also good sound quality!

  • Reply Jewel Cox August 21, 2018 at 9:53 am

    I ddnt find Export as web option in file tool, plz hlp me

  • Reply Srishti arora August 22, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Very clear and helpful. Thanks alot.

  • Reply Annette Bowie August 30, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Thank for this tutorial!! You are a good presenter and teacher.

  • Reply Rita Poutivskaia August 30, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    this was so awesome & helpful, thank you!

  • Reply SILAMBARASAN September 14, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Wow super thanks

  • Reply musemonster October 1, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    This helped so much!

  • Reply Annegela Denisse Sta. Maria October 19, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    What brush did you use?

  • Reply Aung Oo October 20, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    cutest accent ever

  • Reply DanArt November 4, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    When I change a layer in one frame, it applies that change to all the frames, do you know why that is and how I can fix it?

  • Reply Emy Nwakanma November 5, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    u are a great teacher

  • Reply Maria matthews November 7, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    best tutorial on here thank you!!!!

  • Reply Ogre Supreme November 8, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Awesome! Thanks so much!

  • Reply George Cocciglia November 16, 2018 at 12:39 am

    Grazie Christina 🙂

  • Reply Wabo Motiki November 19, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    this is so helpful thank you

  • Reply Cristina Bernedo November 20, 2018 at 4:32 am

    Thank you…good and clear tutorial.

  • Reply Milena Molho December 5, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Thank you!!

  • Reply ilys story December 10, 2018 at 1:10 am

    why it doesnt appear on my timeline when i set it to frame animation?

  • Reply Chris December 13, 2018 at 10:32 pm


  • Reply Jasper Burchfield December 23, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    How did you make it shift back and forth?

  • Reply Rucheek Kuppachi January 3, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you so much you saved me 100 points! Thank you!😊

  • Reply Janienne Aquino January 14, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    What typeface did u use?

  • Reply BSienk Art January 24, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Great video!

  • Reply William Vincent January 25, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Your voice is cute

  • Reply Momtaj Akter Rita January 30, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Nice video <3

  • Reply Zahra Emanuel February 2, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    Very helpful!

  • Reply Anahita E February 14, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Thanks, It was a complete video for Beginners like me

  • Reply Veronica Vassileva February 20, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    I love this! You make really good tutorials, I just subscribed, keep on with the good work. I'm looking forward to more tricks 🙂 it's really useful for social media

  • Reply Iris Lizarraga February 25, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    I tried to render and it takes very long. so I just cancel it every time.

  • Reply Rachel Green April 18, 2019 at 2:31 am

    Thank you for this nice tut.

  • Reply Raiza Khan April 19, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Thank you very much, I really like this tutorial

  • Reply Scott Hollingsworth May 1, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks but I just want to learn how to do a simple GIF. Nothing more. All the GIF tutorials on YouTube bury the part about the GIF! Just do one short video about the GIF please!

  • Reply Ployminister May 5, 2019 at 4:45 am

    Thank you so much. This video literally tells me everything I need to know about "How to make GIF". Very easy to follow and so many inspirations!

  • Reply rose xd May 11, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    For some reason I don't get the "Create Frame Animation" selection.. It just goes right to the timeline.

  • Reply HB June 4, 2019 at 1:17 am

    I love your tutorials, always easy to understand. Please do more tutorials if you can. Thank you always.

  • Reply Akshay Chan June 14, 2019 at 10:01 am

    u should sing …lily allen

  • Reply Information June 22, 2019 at 9:48 am

    your tutorial helped me lots, Thanks very much.

  • Reply D B July 5, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    omg I love your voice and french accent <3

  • Reply Aimee Bernardo July 22, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Thanks for this—really helpful!

  • Reply YOUNESSE XD July 25, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you so much for this toturial

  • Reply Terrance August 12, 2019 at 5:41 am

    That voice though.

  • Reply XperiaVideosCR August 12, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Gracias por compartir!

  • Reply Lady Duchess August 30, 2019 at 12:18 am

    Can this be done on a tablet?

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