How To Create GIF Using Adobe Photoshop?

Saurabh Tiwary | 30th August 2016

GIF is a popular name when we talk about pictures in motion. It is a lossless format that supports static as well as animated images. GIFs are nowadays very popular on Social Media such as Facebook as they are very engaging when we talk about small video content and have very small file size compared to a video file.

Here, we list few steps through which you can easily create animated GIFs using Adobe Photoshop.

Step 1: First of all, create images that you want to use for gif or use any existing image.

Move all the images you want to use for GIF in a separate folder. Browse them to upload into Photoshop, click on File > Scripts > Load Files Into Stack.

GIF Using photoshop

Then, click Browse and choose the image files that you would like to use in your GIF, then click OK.

Image 2

When you select all images, Photoshop will automatically create a separate layer for each image that you have selected.

Step 2: Open The Timeline Window

To do this, go to the top navigation, then click Window > Timeline. The Timeline lets you turn various layers on and off for different periods of time, by transforming your static image into a GIF.


Once you do this, the Timeline window appears at the bottom of your screen.  This is how it looks like:


Step 3: Now click “Create Frame Animation, in the Timeline window.

It won’t happen automatically, for this, choose it from the dropdown menu  but make sure to actually click it or the frame animation options will not show up.

Step 3 Image 1

Now, your timeline should look something like this.

Step 3 Image 2

Step 4: For every frame, create a new layer.

For doing this, select all the layers by from top navigation menu and then choose Select > All Layers.

Now, click the menu icon present on the right side of the Timeline screen.


Now use the dropdown menu to choose “Create new layer for each new frame”


Step 5: Now choose “Make Frames From Layers.” by Opening the same menu icon on the right

This will generate each layer as a frame of your GIF


Step 6: Now set the time you want the frame to switch from one to other.

This can be done by clicking the time options below each frame and choosing how long you want it it to appear. Here, we prefer to chose 0.5 seconds per frame.


Step 7: Now, at the bottom of the toolbar, set the number of loops

As per the default default settings, it will say once, but it can be modified and set as you want it to loop. You can also set it to keep looping always. You can set manually by clicking on “custom”


Step 8: You GIF is ready.

Now you can simply click on the play button to preview the new GIF that you have created.


GIF is in vogue in Web and Graphic Design since decades. However, in modern design, they are aggressively being employed on website as well as social media applications. So, it becomes quite indispensable to employ them.

Additional Read, How To Add Textures To Vector Graphics In Photoshop?

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