Creating a GIF Animation

Creating a GIF Animation

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Create a GIF Animation in Photoshop



To build an animation is Photoshop, you must first design the individual cells or frames as a series of layers. Once the layers are complete, the frame content is recorded to the animation timeline.


Step One

Open a new blank document in Photoshop (File > New).

Step Two

Determine what you want to display for each frame of the animation. In this example we will spell out Pixel Street Studios one letter per frame.

Step Three

Sometimes it is easier to start at the end of the animation and work backwards. Select the Text tool and add a text layer with all the letters.

Step Four

Duplicate the text layer multiple times by dragging the layer to the Create New Layer icon (Cmd/j (PC-Ctrl/j)).

Remove one letter each time you duplicate the layer. The letters should hold their registration provided you set the text alignment to left.

Step Five

Since the first frame is blank, we will need a total of 19 frames. With the visibility off for all the layers, open the Animation Timeline (Window >Timeline). Choose Create Frame Animation from the pull-down menu, then click the Duplicate Frame icon multiple times to create 19 frames.

Step Six

Click on the Frame One thumbnail and turn on the visibility for the layer(s) that you want to show. Click each additional frame, one at a time, and continue to record the content for each frame.

Step Seven

Use the timeline controls to play your animation. You can adjust the Frame Tweening by clicking the Tween Animation Frames button next to the timeline controller. To use your animation for the web, see topic Saving a GIF Animation.