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Photoshop: How To Convert Multiple Images Into Animated GIF?

Yet another Photoshop tutorial, this round is about how to create animation (animated GIF format) from multiple static images using Adobe Photoshop.

Just takes about two minutes to look at this YouTube video, I assure you that it is pretty easy to create animated GIF from static images using Photoshop:

For clarity, please switch to full screen view (click the button at bottom-right corner of video) and change low resolution mode to 720p HD (if your broadband is fast and stable).

Uses Photoshop to create animated GIF file from multiple static images.Again, this guide is using Photoshop CS3, but it’s good to be served as reference for newer version of Adobe Photoshop, e.g. Photoshop CS5. I believe the guide is applicable, with or without little correction, for Photoshop CS4/CS5 or newer release:
  1. Open the static images on Photoshop – select the images on Windows Explorer and drag them to Photoshop.
  2. Uses Rectangular Marquee Tool to select the whole image or part of it (one image file at a time) and press CTRL+C to copy selection.
  3. CTRL+N to create a new layer with transparent background content (the width and height automatically set to the size of selection you’ve copied to Windows clipboard).
  4. CTRL+V to paste selection of step-2 onto new layer window created by step-3.
  5. Repeat step-2 and step-4, EXCLUDE step-3, for other static images opened on Photoshop, i.e. copy and paste selection to transparent layer created in step-3.
  6. Click Window menu and select Animation to open Animation window.
    open Photoshop animation window
  7. On the Layers tab of Layer window (at right pane, by default), click the eye icon next to each layers, to hide all images except the 1st layer.
    open Photoshop layer window.
  8. On “Animation (Frames)” tab of Animation window (at bottom of Photoshop window, by default), set frame delay time (default is 0 sec.) for the first frame (which shows image in 1st layer).
  9. Click “Duplicates selected frames” icon on Animation window and then repeat step-7 to hide all images except the 2nd layer.
    duplicates animation frame.
    By now, there are two frames on Animation window, where 1st frame shows image in Layer 1 and 2nd frame shows image in Layer 2, each with a non-zero frame delay time (Photoshop allows different delay time for each frame). If there are more static images to make the final animated GIF file, just repeat step-9.
  10. Click “Play animation” button to preview your work and change frame delay time if appropriate.
    Play animation on Photoshop.
  11. Press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+S hotkey (Windows) to open “Save for web & devices” dialog box, change file format option in Preset frame to GIF with Transparency feature turned on.
    Configure GIF setting on Photoshop

There is an animation preview control too. For better image quality, tune the number of colors used for GIF format (max. 256). If you satisfy with the final work, just click Save button to save the animation to GIF file.

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  1. Juliana 19-04-12@04:38

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, one billionth thank yous! This was driving me crazy but the tutorial finally lead me to it. It was so helpful, merci!

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