If you read my recent blog post on “Rise of the GIF in Content Creation”, you’ll have a better understanding of why knowing your way around motion graphics and the basics of creating a GIF is important for marketers, developers and designers.

In this post, I attempted a video tutorial to teach you all how to create a “Hello World” GIF Animation in Photoshop! *NOTE* Since the tutorial’s main focus is the animation portion, I didn’t include how I created a new .PSD (Photoshop) file because I already have the design ready-made. To create a new file, Click New > File > Enter your presets (width, height, 300 resolution, etc) and Create.

Feel free to skip to the point

  • 00:23 – Get Adobe’s exclusive benefits through my affiliate link
  • 00:35 – Tutorial begins
  • 00:55 – Photoshop Workspace
  • 01:22 – Import/open photos into Photoshop
  • 01:48 – Copy image
  • 02:43 – Add new layer
  • 02:55 – Paste image
  • 03:05 – Move image
  • 03:17 – Adjust size with free transform tool
  • 05:27 – Animate each frame with Timeline
  • 05:52 – Hide/show layer
  • 06:57 – Adjust speed and length of animation
  • 08:04 – Export GIF file
  • 09:30 – Upload your GIF Collection on GIPHY.COM

Download .PSD Source File

Another great way to teach yourself is to experiment with the source file from this tutorial. Download my .PSD file in Github to understand the workspace, layers and timeline in Photoshop. Feel free to create your own GIFs in this file. Also, please be sure to credit me!

Keyboard Shortcuts in Photoshop CC

  • CMD+A or CTRL+A – Select All
  • CMD+C or CTRL+C – Copy
  • CMD+V or CTRL+V – Paste
  • CMD+T or CTRL+T – Free Transform
  • CMD -/+ or CTRL -/+ – Zoom in or out
  • Hold Shift Key + Drag with Mouse – To adjust size without distorting image

Photoshop Workspace

Here are four key elements of the default workspace in order to create a GIF animation. Make sure you have the following checked by going to the “Window” tab at the top.

  • History
  • Layers
  • Timeline
  • Tools

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Avidbits Can Help You Customize your GIFs

If learning Photoshop isn’t your thing and you prefer someone to help you create appealing GIFs with imagery that fits the mood of the message, contact Avidbits to customize your GIF. We use tools such as Photoshop and After FX to create dynamic animations for your brand.

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March 1, 2019

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