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TUTORIAL

 

CREATING AN ANIMATED GIF

TUTORIAL

Creating an Animated GIF using Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will be demonstrating how to transform a video into an animated GIF using Adobe Photoshop. A GIF (or Graphics Interchange Format) is a lossless format for images that support both animated and static images.
The video I have chosen to use for this demonstration is a clip from the TV show, The Office. To download this video I first went to the website Chameleon to download a plugin that will allow you to save a video from the internet.
Once you have selected and saved the video you would like to transform into an animated GIF, open Adobe Photoshop.
Once Photoshop is open, in the top left corner of your screen select File, Import, "Video frames to layers." After choosing the video from your desktop a window will appear and it will give you the option to limit your video clip to a certain number of frames. In this tutorial, I chose to limit the clip to every 4 frames. Once you have selected this, on the right side of the window it shows you the full video clip. In order to shorten the footage use the sliders to select the portion of the video you want to use, then select OK.
A timeline will appear at the bottom of the Photoshop window showing you each individual frame. It is best to limit the number of frames used in the GIF, in my tutorial I trimmed it down to around 45. After ensuring that you have all the frames you want to include, make sure that the clip is selected to loop forever. On the bottom of each frame, there is a number that depicts the delay of the reel. For this tutorial I chose to increase the delay slightly, setting each frame at 0.07 seconds.
After the GIF clip is finalized, select File, Export, Save for Web and save the GIF formatted clip to your computer. Once it is saved, open a web browser and drag the GIF file onto the page and your GIF will play.