Have you ever thought, wouldn't it be amazing if I could show off all the steps of my Photoshop editing process from before to after and watch my photo magically change?
You can! In a few easy steps, all you need is Photoshop.
In this tutorial, I will guide you through the steps you need to do in order to create an animated GIF of your Photoshop process.
I will use one of my photos from as an example.
This GIF Photoshop tutorial can be applied to any Photoshop process though, whether it's a quick skin retouch or just lightening a photo.
Let's get started!
Step 1: Open up your PSD/Photoshop file with all your layers of your editing process.
Step 2: Hide all the layers except the original background layer. This will be your 'before' example.
Step 3: Save this as a jpeg file. I named mine 'step 1' and the next 'step 2' etc, so I knew the order of the layers.
Step 4: Contiune to save other layers as you unhide them one by one. You don't need to do this with every layer. If you unhide a layer and the difference is so small only you know about it, then move on until you unhide a layer that shows a more noticeable change.
Step 5: Once you have all your layers saved as individual jpegs. Go to File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack.
Step 6: Press Browse and select all of your files and press Open to load them into the window.
Step 7: Now you will see all your files in the right order in the window. Press Ok to load them into Photoshop.
Step 8: Make Timeline visible in Photoshop. Go to Window > Timeline.
Press Create Frame Animation then from the 3 lines menu icon on the top right-hand side of the Timeline menu click Make Frames From Layers.
Now you should have all your layers in order like this:
Step 9: Decide how long you want each layer to show. I decided 0.4 seconds and the final layer to last longer so that the person viewing it could take in the finished result. I set this one to 2 seconds.
To preview your GIF in action press the play button to see how fast it is.
To change the number of seconds press the number under the little boxes to bring up the window with the time options. You can also set your own time by pressing Other... This is how I set the number to 0.4 seconds:
Step 10: Select Forever from the options window below the Timeline. (Your default settings might be set to Once). This will ensure that GIF plays continuously on a loop.
Step 11: Go to File > Export > Save for Web (Legacy).
This will bring up the window below:
Step 12: In the box below Preset choose GIF from the options. In your window, the default may be set to JPEG.
Step 13: Chose 256 from the Colors options to retain as many colours as possible. (Note: The quality of your photo will be reduced when creating a GIF).
Step 14: The GIF file size most likely will be too big to upload online. Mine was 9.020MB at 100% size. You want to aim to have it around 1MB / 3MB. Here is a useful guide I found about sharing GIFs on different social media websites like Facebook and Instagram in more detail.
To adjust the size of the file, type in a lower percentage and watch the file size change. I chose 33%, which gave me a file size of 1.05MB.
Also, you will notice the picture will shrink when you lower the percentage, which I found useful as I wanted a smaller picture size and at 100% it was filling up the whole screen.
Final Step 15: Press Save.
Now you have successfully created your own Photoshop editing process GIF, which proudly shows off your before and after in a creative way!
Please add a link to your finished GIF in the comments at the bottom. I would love to see your results!
Watch This Space!
New photos to come on my Instagram page.
More useful and interesting photography related topics coming soon on this blog!