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How to Make a Riveting GIF in Photoshop in Minutes

Posted on: Aug. 24, 2021

Suppose you came back from your friend's wedding ceremony and you shot some terrific videos and images for them. And you really wanna make parts of the video or series of images into a GIF to post on Instagram or Facebook. So, how to do it?

Well, in this post, we will walk you through an A-to-Z tutorial on how to easily make a GIF in PhotoShop using both videos and images and offer you a free Photoshop alternative to creating captivating GIFs in minutes.

Here’s What You Will Learn:

How to Make Animated GIFs in Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is more than an expert photo-retouching tool. It’s also a workhorse for making animated GIFs, using either video or image assets. So, let’s find out how to make a looping GIF in Photoshop in these two mainstream ways respectively.

Make a GIF in Photoshop from a Video

A slam dunk GIF made by Photoshop using a video

Step 1
Customize the Canvas and Color Mode for a GIF

Open Photoshop CC and hit “Create New” > set the width, height, resolution, color mode (RGB color, and 8 bit for web use) and under the “Advanced Optons” you may set the Color Profile to Srgb IEC61966-2.1 > Click on “Create”

Create the canvas and color mode for a GIF in Photoshop

Create the canvas and color mode for a GIF in Photoshop

Remember, the higher the resolution and width/height, the bigger the physical size of the GIF file. If the GIF is mostly used for posting online and on social media, do select the “RGB” color.

Step 2
Import the Clips and Open the Timeline

Head to “File” > “Place Embedded” > select the clips in the folders and hit the “Place” button to upload it to the Photoshop as a layer > hold “Shift” key (for proportional scaling) and drag and drop the video to fill the negative space of the canvas > go to “Window” > hit “Timeline”

Import and resize clips and open timeline window in Photoshop

Import and resize clips and open timeline window in Photoshop

Step 3
Convert Clips into a GIF on the Timeline

On the timeline drop-down, select “Create Video Timeline” and left-click on it > your clips will be added to the timeline > scrub through the playhead to choose the start and ending frame of the GIF and move the slider to trim the clips.

Create a video timeline and trim the video

Create a video timeline and trim the video

Step 4
Set Loop Play Effects for the GIF

Click on the 4 line icon > select “Loop Playback > preview the final effects of the GIF. Now, you can have the looping animated GIF.

Set loop play effects for a GIF in Photoshop

Set loop play effects for a GIF in Photoshop

Step 5
Export the Clips as a GIF in Photoshop

Go to “File” > “Save for Web” (legacy) > Select “GIF” for the format and set “Loop Option” as “forever” > hit the “Save” button. Done. Find out how to make GIF transparent

Make a GIF in Photoshop from Images

A jumping frog created by a series of images in Photoshop

A jumping frog created by a series of images in Photoshop

If you use the continuous shooting mode of your camera or iPhone to shoot a moving subject or happen to have several comic images in succession, then you can use make an original GIF in Photoshop with ease. Check top 7 images to GIF converter.

Step 1
Import a Stack of Images to Photoshop as Multiple Layers

Go to “File” > “Scripts” > “Local Files into Stack” > browse your image folder and upload images in batch to Photoshop

Import multiple images into Photoshop as many layers

Import multiple images into Photoshop as many layers

Step 2
Open the Timeline and Bring all the Images to the Timeline

Head to “Window” > hit “Timeline” > select the drop-down option “Create Frame Animation” and left-click on it; then the first image layer will be added to the timeline > click on 4 lines icon > select “ Make Frames from Layers”, then all the image layers will be added to your timeline.

Create frame animations and add all images to the timeline

Create frame animations and add all images to the timeline

If you find images are not in chronological order, just click the 4 lines icon and select “Reverse Frames”. Then all images will be in the right order.

Step 3
Customize the Delay Time and Looping Effects for the GIF

Shift+click to select all the images > hit drop-down option > Other > set the delay time to 0.15 secs, which works best for a smooth looping GIF > below, set the loop as “Forever. Then preview the looping GIF.

Set delay time and looping effects for all frames

Set delay time and looping effects for all frames

Step 4
Export the Images as a GIF

Go to “File” > “Export” > “Save for Web (Legacy) > select GIF as the format and set “Loop Option” as “forever” > hit the “Save” to export a GIF from the PhotoShop

The exported GIF made from images in Photoshop

The exported GIF made from images in Photoshop

Bonus Tips
You may also export images as an MP4 to be posted on Instagram. To do so, head to “File” >” Export”> “Render Video” > Name the tile of the video and save it as an MP4. A small trick is your video length to be at least 3 secs to meet the minimal duration of a video for an Instagram news feed. You can copy and paste the same images to extend the video length on the timeline. Check 5 ways to convert GIF to MP4.

Perfect Photoshop Alternative to Creating Compelling GIFs

Though Photoshop seems to be a fantastic software to make GIFs from videos or images, its drawbacks are also obvious:

  • It’s a daunting task for computer novices to figure out the complicated options in Photoshop.
  • Most importantly Photoshop does have a vast stock asset of trendy GIFs, HD video and images and stickers, etc. to create thumb-stopping GIFs.
  • The computer available to you at the office or somewhere else might not have Photoshop installed.
  • In this respect, a flawless Photoshop alternative to creating captivating GIFs is FlexClip, a feature-packed online video editor, with perfect integration with Giphy’s vast GIF assets, and tons of user-friendly video tools for you to create unparalleled GIFs.

    FlexClip GIF maker

    FlexClip GIF maker

    Apart from uploading your assets to create a GIF, you may also explore the hottest Giphy GIF assets in the “Photo” sidebar and royalty-free videos, images within FlexClip to create your GIF project. Then use the trimmer to decide the beginning and end of the GIF.

    Upload your GIF, images, video assets to FlexClip GIF maker

    Upload your GIF, images, video assets to FlexClip GIF maker

    Step 2
    Set the Aspect Ratio for Your GIFs

    Head to “Move” on the left toolbar. With one click, you can set the perfect aspect ratio of your GIFs for Instagram, Facebook, or TikTok, etc. Then slightly adjust the imported assets to fill the negative space.

    Adjust the aspect ratio of a GIF

    Adjust the aspect ratio of a GIF

    Step 3
    Add Text Animations and Dynamic Elements

    To make your GIFs second-to-none, you can easily add designer-made text animations, and customize their color scheme, fonts, motions. While the featured elements give you wings to poke fun at an idea or person in the GIF or can be served as great call-to-actions for branding and marketing.

    Add text animations and elements to a GIF

    Add text animations and elements to a GIF

    Step 4
    Preview, Export, and Share

    Preview your great GIF works > hit the “Export” button > select “GIF” ’and customize its resolution and fps to download the GIF to your local computer. You may also save it to your Dropbox as well.

    Export GIFs from FlexClip GIF maker

    Export GIFs from FlexClip GIF maker

    Final Thoughts

    So, hopefully, now you know how to make a cool GIF in Photoshop using your videos and images. If you want to enjoy a hassle-free GIF-making experience with tons of stylish GIPHY GIF assets and royalty-free stock assets, FlexClip can also be your man. Start using FlexClip or Photoshop to create your first GIF now.

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