Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create GIF Animations from Video, Graphics & Photos!

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create GIF Animations from Video, Graphics & Photos!

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create JIF animations,
more commonly called GIFs. The guy who invented it, Steve Wilhite, said
in 2013 that the correct pronunciation is “JIF”, like in “giraffe”, therefore, “JIF” it is! First, I’ll show you how to make a GIF from a video. Go to File, Import and “Video Frames to Layers”. Locate and click your video and click “Open”. You can either use the entire video from beginning
to end or more than likely, you’ll select a range of frames within the video. You can also import it every 2nd, 3rd, 4th
frame and so on, to reduce the file size. Check “Make Frame Animation”. Since I want to use a very short range of frames within this video, I can either tick “Selected Range
Only” or bypass that step by just moving the main slider to the frame that you’d like your GIF to start at. Then move the lower, left slider to that frame. Move the lower, right slider to the frame
you’d like your GIF to end. Then, click OK. Immediately, all the frames within the range
you selected are placed in your Layers panel. Go to Window and “Timeline”. All of these frames are now in an animation timeline. Choose “Forever”. This will play your frames in their order
until you stop it. So, when you click, the “Play” button, you can see your frames advancing in order as they’re played. Click the Space bar to stop it. GIFs play back best when their sizes aren’t too large. The maximum sizes of GIFs vary depending on
the platform they’re playing back on. My suggestion is to try to play your GIF using
a larger size and if it doesn’t work, just decrease its size until it does work. Go to Image and Image Size. Make the Resolution 72 pixels per inch. For this example, I’ll make its Width: 380
pixels, so its Image Size is less than 240 kilobytes. If you’re working on version CC or later,
go to File, Export and Save for Web (Legacy). If you’re using an earlier version of Photoshop,
go to File and “Save for Web”. Save it as a “GIF” and make sure “Convert to sRGB” is checked. The Looping Options is “Forever”. Click “Preview” to see how it would look on the web. If you like it, close the window and click “Save”. I’ll save it to my Desktop and name it. Then, click “Save”. To actually see it on the web, minimize Photoshop
and any other windows that may be open and then, open your Browser and drag the GIF video
directly onto the open Browser. Next, I’ll show you how create an animated
GIF from photos or artwork. I’ll reset my workspace, so we can start from scratch. For your convenience, I provided this PSD
document, so you can follow along. Its link is located in my video’s description
or project files below. I purposely didn’t include a background to
show that you that GIFs can be be saved and played back without a background. If you want to add a background to your GIF
animation, simply add the background below your other layers in the Layers panel. Go to Window and Timeline. Notice the timeline at the bottom. Check “Create Frame Animation”. Then, click the button to place our image
into the first frame. If your Move Tool isn’t selected, press “v”
on your keyboard. With our soccer ball layer active, place your
cursor on the soccer ball and press and hold Shift as you drag the ball to the top of the head. You’ll notice that the soccer ball moved down
to the head in your timeline frame, as well. Click this icon to duplicate the frame. Go back to the ball and press and hold Shift
as you drag it straight up to the top. Make the player layer active and drag it down
just above the eyebrows, but not lower than that. Next, we’re going to create additional frames
between the first and second frame that will give us a smooth animated transition between
the two frames. To do this, click this icon called “Tweens
Animation Frames”. Tween it with the “Previous Frame”, tick “All
Layers and check all the Parameters. For this example, let’s add 10 frames to make the transition. Then, click OK or press Enter or Return. Instantly, it added 10 additional frames that
give us a perfectly smooth transition between the first frame and the last frame. To loop it from the last frame back to the
first frame, click the “Tweens Animation Frames” icon again and this time, click “First Frame”. We now have a complete cycle from the first
frame to the last frame and back to the first frame. Before we play it, notice that each frame
has 0 seconds. If you click on the arrow pointing down, you can pick the amount of time you’d like between each frame. “0” seconds means that there’s no delay
between each frame. Click “Forever” to see it play until we stop it. Click the Play button to play it. To stop it, press your Space bar. Save it to the web using the same way you
saved your video GIF. Click “Preview”. You’ll immediately notice that your GIF is
animating very slowly, unlike video GIFs, however, I’ve found a way that plays it back
at normal speed. Close the window and click “Cancel”. Click this icon at the upper, right of the
timeline to open the fly-out list and click “Convert to Video Timeline”. Because this GIF is so small, let’s slide
the Zoom Slider to the right to zoom into the timeline. Open the fly-out list and click, “Set Timeline
Frame Rate”. Double the frame rate from 30 to 60. Notice the length of our timeline doubled. Go to File and save it as you did earlier. Loop it “Forever” and click “Preview”. Now, our animation is playing back at normal speed. Close the window and click Save. I’ll save it to my Desktop and click “Save”. Minimize Photoshop and open your Browser. Then, drag your GIF onto your Browser’s window
to check it. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!

57 thoughts on “Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create GIF Animations from Video, Graphics & Photos!

  1. Very nicely done, thanks for this tutorial it's been something I've wanted to try out for some time now. I'll post it to facebook.

  2. Why not many people are smart and simple teachers as you are? the world would be a better place, simplicity is the key.

  3. Man, you guessed my wishes! 🤓Today I was asking myself "how do they make gif?" 🤔🙄I'd love to find out! Thanks sooooo much!

  4. Thanks for your excellent teaching style! I'm a photographer and have been using Photoshop for nearly 20 years. Your tutorials have opened my eyes to tools and techniques I've never tapped.

  5. thanks for the detailed video 🎞📽😀
    Can u tell me that voice software you used in you're video's or its your real voice :O
    thanks. 🙂

  6. Hello everyone! There's been a lot of discussion about the correct pronunciation of the acronym, "GIF". Acronyms are always treated as their own new words. Please go to 0:57 in the following video:

  7. thank you so much
    from last 1 year i am following you….
    and thank for your video length . under 10 minute awsome

  8. Thanks Marty!

    I have a question, can I use this method on many pictures/sequenced pictures? Thanks again!

  9. Hi marty, can you do one tutorial on slice tool, like i am wanting to make my flyer clickable on my website which i am failing to do so.

  10. hi there blue lighting, are u a professional graphic designer ???? or just regular you tube video maker . whatever MAN ! YOU ROCK

  11. HELLO
    first thanx for all your videos
    and i like the way you work on CC , can you show us how to make icons & carton sky l thanx

  12. Hi Marty, Im Raffy i need some help if you can help me out, I've downloaded the latest version of Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 but after installing it's not launching up.

  13. Thanks so much for this. I'm making a video on Ouroborous and I wanted to animate him turning and your just made my day!

  14. Big fan of the work, Marty. Would you ever consider putting together a tutorial on how to create a cinemagraph? They're widely popular and I've struggled to complete one with the tutorials out there in photoshop tutorial land. Since most of your tutorials you run are between 10-30 minutes in length, I thought maybe you could come up with a condensed version using your usual quick and simple instructions. Or if anyone else has found a solid tutorial that worked for them, I'd love to hear about them. Thanks!

  15. now I'm learning Photoshop CS6 pls I want basic video I don't know how to use Photoshop I'm fresher pls teach me

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