Make GIF Animations Using Adobe Photoshop CS5 and CS6

2013-06-27

Adobe Photoshop CS5 is one of the best known programs used to edit images. The latest version created, Adobe Photoshop CS6, also allows you to edit videos with a high speed and quality. Both programs are compatible with each other for which you can achieve high quality results if you practice how to manage them together.

As much as they were originally created for Apple computers, it was soon extended to PC with Windows operating system for which you can use it with XP, Vista and Windows 7.

Both program versions can easily be downloaded and used for a free trial period or you may get the full version. It is easy, fast and convenient to use.

In this tutorial, we are going to focus on how to easily create a GIF animation in Photoshop CS5 and CS6.

Now, you can choose any photo that you have in your computer. You can type a text or choose an icon that you want, but in this case we are using my feather logo. Lets get started with our GIF animation logo.

If you can see in the screenshot below, there is a small window down in the Photoshop page. If you don’t have it, click on ‘Window’, and then click ‘Animation’.

Now, after you click ‘Animation’, see screenshot below, and then click the encircled tool.

Now, if you are going to look on your Photoshop CS5 or CS6 page, scroll down to the open window below where you can see a frame.

Click the frame, and choose ‘No Delay’. Meaning, your animation will not stop for like 10 seconds or so. Now, click that small triangle tool right below your frame, and then choose ‘Forever’ – this stands for how many times the animation will play itself.

Now, we need to duplicate our frame. See screenshot below, and click that small tool right down the animation frame.

Every time you duplicate a frame, you need to move your selected photo, then duplicate another frame again, and move your photo until it disappears. In this case, I made 2 duplicates of frame, and then hide my photo by clicking and moving it to the right side.

Once you are done duplicating two frames and moved the photo to disappear – click on the ‘Play’ button right below your frame and see how your animation plays like.

The animation is very fast, for sure. Now, let’s go back to the frames below. Click ‘control’ and click the second duplicate frame. Once the two frames are highlighted in blue – click on that small tool below the frame, which is shown in the screenshot below.

Now, a small window will pop up. In this case, we are going to put ‘10 frames’, and then click OK. These layers of frames will be added down into the frame window.

Click the second to the last layer and combine it with the last layer of frame by hitting ‘control’, and do the same process again (I prefer adding 10 layers of frames), or any amount of layers that you wish to add for your GIF animation.

After you repeat the process of adding frame layers – hit ‘Play’ down into the frame window below, and then see how the shift of the photo changes. It is not as fast like the first trial earlier.

Next, we need to click ‘File’ – ‘Save for Web & Devices’ – choose the ‘GIF’ file – choose 128 – and then click ‘Save’.

After you click save, open your saved GIF animation, and it will automatically play. And that’s it on how to make a GIF animation in Photoshop CS5 CS6.