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How To Create an Animated GIF on Photoshop

A few weeks ago I had to create the advertising campaign for TEDxCibeles 2013 “ReStart”. I will use this example to explain step by step how to create a GIF file with Photoshop.

TEDxCibeles-Banner-300x300-Things you’ll need:
1. Photoshop: You can try any version here.
2. The images you want to use: No matter how many.
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Step 1:
Create a new document with the final size you need. In my case 300×300 px. Then paste all the layers on this document.
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Step 2
:
Take the file to ImageReady, it comes with Photoshop  (Shift+Ctrl+M).
Virginia Duran Blog- How to Create an Animated GIF on Photoshop- 3Once here you’ll have your animation palette, your layout, and your layers palette, looking more or less like this.
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Step 3
:Create the new layers you want on your animation palette. To do this click on the new layer button and change the visibility of the layers.

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Step 4
:
Drag the layers to put them in order and select the interval you would like the layers to play at.
Virginia Duran Blog- How to Create an Animated GIF on Photoshop- 8 Virginia Duran Blog- How to Create an Animated GIF on Photoshop- 9And then select how many times you would like it to play. Once, Forever or other.
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Step 5:
Save your file. Click on Save Optimized As (Ctrl+Shift+Alt+S).Virginia Duran Blog- How to Create an Animated GIF on Photoshop- 11Done!
TEDxCibeles-Banner-300x300-Oh and if you want to know what it means:
Sueña (dream it), Piensa (think it), Hazlo (do it)
The event is this Saturday, can’t wait😀
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Frequent problems:

The final .gif goes so fast I am not able to see each layer: You forgot to change the time of each layer.
The final .gif weights more than usual: Try editing the layers on Photoshop, changing the image quality and its resolution.
I want to change the size of the canvas do I need to go back to Photoshop?: No, click on Image->Canvas Size and change it from here.
I want to add another layer: Click on Layer->New Layer and paste there the new image.

Hope this was useful, if you have other questions post a comment and I’ll try to answer as soon as possible.
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If you liked this tutorial try this other one:
How To Make Creative Cyanotype Prints
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18 thoughts on “How To Create an Animated GIF on Photoshop

  1. That’s the method I used to create the looping GIF animations in my “October Horses” post (http://bit.ly/17ul0jU). I also outputted movies, but those are not as nice because they do not loop, and are much too short. For some things, an animated GIf definitively works much better than a movie.

    However, if you want to do it with photos, it helps to plan ahead and get all the photos one wants to use).

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