How To: Create A GIF from Scratch

By Daniel Turk | August 4, 2015

Ah, GIFs. We all have our favorites. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a moving picture can convey a whole slew of emotions. Can you imagine what’s on this little guy’s mind?

But let’s say you want to create a GIF from scratch using pictures you’ve already taken. Where do you start? Look no further. We’ve got your GIF game covered in these 10 simple steps with Adobe Photoshop.


1. Open Photoshop. Go to “File” and rollover to “Scripts.”


2. Select “Load Files into Stack.”



3.  Click “Browse.”




4.  Select two or more files within the “Finder.” (Your preference)




5. Scroll to the bottom of Photoshop and click “Timeline.”




6. Click “Create Video Timeline.”



7. Adjust the length of time for each photo by clicking and dragging the edges of each purple bar. 



8. Test the video by hitting the play button on the left side.




9. Go to “File,” and click “Save for Web.”




10. Go to “Preset,” and select “GIF 64 Dithered” or “GIF 128 Dithered.” Then, go to “Looping Options” and select “Forever.” Now, click “Save.”




And your final product should look something like this:



Easy enough? We hope you learned something here. And if you consider yourself a GIF master creator already, we hope you enjoyed your refresher course.

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What are some of your favorite GIFs? We’d love to see them! Post them in the comments below or tweet them to us at @robcoxdfw and @thecreativehyde.



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