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How to create .GIF files in Photoshop

By: Nicole Cain, Evermore Imaging

Incorporating .GIF files into your online galleries is a great way to impress clients! These little “snippets” of video bring you back to the emotions of that session or day. If you use a gallery hosting service like Cloudspot, they will even auto-play in the feed. Here’s how to create a .GIF file like this below:

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Here’s the step-by-step process to make a .GIF file in Photoshop!

Step 1: Edit and Sync Settings to all photos in Lightroom before assembling your .GIF

Once you add your photos to Photoshop, they will be converted to a file type not suitable for heavy editing.

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Step 2: Select All Images, then select Edit In / Open as Layers inPhotoshop

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Step 3: Select All Layers, then under Edit menu, select Auto Align Layers / Auto Projection

This will ensure smoother playback once your frames are playing one after another.

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Step 4: Under the Window menu, select Timeline

It’s time to start animating our .GIF!

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Step 5: In the Timeline window, select the button, Create Frame Animation

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Step 6: Select the top right button in the Timeline window (lines) to Make Frames From Layers

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Step 7: Select all frames, Right Click and choose your desired time interval for each frame.

This will determine the overall playback speed.

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Step 8: Crop in to remove negative space

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Step 9: Under the File menu, Select Export, then Save for Web

Make sure to choose your desired dimensions for posting. Menu pictured below:

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That’s it! Not too bad, right? Make sure to think about moments that would make great .GIF’s at your next session and really impress your clients!


Nicole Apuzzo