- lets you choose the in and out points using the controls at the bottom. Use the scroll thumb to quickly look through the movie, and drag the bookends below that to set the range of frames to import.
- "Limit To Every [n] Frames" will cut your frames by at least half, at the expense of choppier animation.
- "Make Frame Animation" enables both the conversion of the movie into layers, and turns the layers into an animation. Deselecting it will still import the movie into layers, but does not then create an animation. For this tutorial, we will leave it selected.
- When you're set up, click OK to import your movie. It will take a couple seconds, then you will see all the individual frames in the Layer menu, and each individual frame spread out across the timeline.
- 4Apply adjustments. You can use Photoshop's adjustment layers to add effects, color correction, brightness and contrast, and more. Adjustment layers are, by default, applied to all layers below them.
- You can apply a wide variety of built-in adjustments. You can also add a new layer using an overlay to change the character of the video, or a new base layer to add a background.
- For example, you could have a short video of somebody just standing there looking around. On the lowest layer, you might add a picture of the city—or the country—to place them in a particular environment. You could then add adjustment layer on top of everything, to give it a sepia tone. You could even recreate the look of the animated newspapers in the Harry Potter movies.
- 5Edit individual layers. Click on a frame in the Timeline window, and find the matching layer. By default, the frame number is the same as the layer's name, i.e., frame 18 can be found on Layer 18.
- You can modify any individual layer, either to add effects, or clean up glitches, or whatever strikes your fancy. If you do this over several frames, you can even animate your effects.
- For example, if you add a lens flare to one frame, in the next frame you could type Control-Alt-F (Command-Option-F on Mac) to bring up the same filter. Reduce the effect by 10%, then move to the next frame and repeat the process. Continue until you've reduced the effect to 0, and it will look like the lens flare is animated.
- 6Save your animated GIF. From the File menu, select Save for Web... This will let you set the size and output options for the GIF, as needed to fit your requirements.
Method 2: Photoshop CS3, 4, and 5 Extended
- 1Create a document. Put each frame of the animation on a different layer.
- Alternately, open an existing video. From the File menu, choose Import > Video Frames to Layers...
- 2Select the layers to be used in the animation from the Layers window.
- Note: To select a group of layers, select the layer at the top of the group. Then hold the shift key and click on the bottom layer. This will highlight every layer in between.
- 3Open the Animation window. From the Window menu, choose Animation. When the Animation window opens, it should look like the photo below. If it doesn’t, that means it opened in the Timeline view.
- 4Change to Frame Animation. Click on the "Flyout" menu in the upper right hand corner of the Animation window and select “Convert to Frame Animation.”
- Create frames for each individual layer. Click the "Flyout" menu on the Animation window and choose “Make Frames From Layers.”
- Note: All layers don’t have to be selected. To select a few layers, use the copy layer button at the bottom right of the animation palette to add layers.
- 5Modify each frame as desired. Select the frame on the Animation window and change it as desired in the main Photoshop window.
- Note: To add or remove a graphic from another layer to any frame, select the frame and in the layers palette. Click the “eye” to toggle the visibility for that layer either on or off.
- 6Click on the arrow head under each frame to display the timing menu. Select the display time for each frame.
- 7Save your GIF. From the File menu, choose "Save for Web and Devices" and choose GIF from the drop-down menu.
- To save as a movie, select Export > Render Video from the File menu to export the document as a movie.
- Because Adobe ImageReady is no longer being developed, most of the features from ImageReady are available on Photoshop CS3. Those which are not will be available on Adobe Fireworks.
- If you save an animated GIF file from Photoshop CS3, the animation frames are lost. To solve this, open the animated GIF file in Adobe Fireworks, which provides editable layers and timelines for GIF files.
- Note: To loop your animation continuously, choose "Save For Web and Devices" under the Save option. Under "Looping Options, select "Forever" and save the animation. You can also pick "Others" and select the number of times that you want your animation to loop.