I've been wanting to do a quick 'tutorial' so to speak on how to create GIF's using Photoshop since I first started my How to series.
GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format and is the term used for an image file compressed to reduce transfer time. However you can also use it to link multiple images giving an animated clip effect. You can use anything from 2+ photos to create an animated GIF but have patience when making one (using this method) with lots! There are other ways to make them and online websites that will make them for you, but be warned they will leave nasty watermarks all over it.
My old 'about me' section photograph (top of this post) happened to be just a two image GIF and I had many questions about how I had made it so here we go...
Step 1 : Open all the photos you wish to use and make sure they are cropped and re-sized to the same size.
Step 2 : Using the 'Window' menu on the top tool bar, open the animation bar.
Step 3 : With the animation bar open, select the image which you want to be the first in the GIF. While on this photo click the 'duplicate selected frames' button on the bottom of the animation bar. It looks like a little post it note with the page being turned haha (circled in image below).
Step 4 : Next click on the second photo in your sequence. Use the 'Ctrl' key along with the 'A' key to select the full image and 'Ctrl' + 'X' to cut it.
Step 5 : Then click back onto your original image in the GIF. 'Ctrl' and 'V' will paste the photo you have just cut onto the new layer.
Repeat steps 3,4 and 5 until you have all the images in the sequence done.
Step 6 : This next bit is where it gets a tiny bit confusing, well if you're easily confused or completely Photoshop illiterate. You need to click on each tile on the animation bar and deselect all of the 'eyes' in the layers box (bottom right hand corner) apart from it's corresponding position. For example, animation tile 1 will be the background layer. Tile 2 will be layer 1 and so on.
Step 7 : Here is where you can adjust the speed of your mini animation! Below each number tile is a speed and an arrow. Click on the arrow and a list of speeds will pop up, try out different ones to see what will suit your GIF.
Step 8 : You're done! Make sure to 'Save For Web' when saving it or your GIF won't play.
Ta-Dah! There we have it. I hope you found that easy enough to follow. Let me know if you try it out and how it goes or if this is how you already make your GIFs. If not what method do you use?
Anyways, here is my final example and a few more for good measure :)
Oh and as a last thought, it needn't be all similar images in order. Here's one I made displaying lots of different photos for Jake's Birthday back in February!