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Create Fun & Easy GIF's for Social Media

teacher avatar Krittika Mittal, Graphic Designer

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Lessons in This Class

14 Lessons (55m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. What's a GIF?

    • 3. GIF 1

    • 4. GIF 2

    • 5. GIF 3

    • 6. GIF 4

    • 7. GIF 5

    • 8. GIF 6

    • 9. GIF 7

    • 10. GIF 8

    • 11. GIF 9

    • 12. GIF 10

    • 13. Reverse Engineering

    • 14. Wrapping Up

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About This Class


Been wanting to step up your social media game for a while? Well, this is the perfect class for you. 

  • Join in and learn to create quick, engaging and eye catching GIFs. GIFs are super versatile and tend to break the monotony while scrolling through any social media platform. These also tend to also get people to interact more with your creative and often lead to a higher CTA (Call-to-action or more swipe up/link clicks/more moolah in short)
  • There's also a bonus argument over how to pronounce GIF!
  • We would cover various steps in this class from understanding what a GIF is to finally making 10 different GIF's and exporting them in different file types for different platforms. As a bonus, we would also apply the reverse process and understand how we can break down an existing GIF into easily followable steps and hence re-create our favorite GIFS.
  • At the end of the class, you will walk away with various hacks to create your own GIFs, which is exactly what you have to do for your class project.
  • This is a class for all levels. While prior knowledge in Photoshop would be great, don't worry even if this is your first time using the software!

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Krittika Mittal

Graphic Designer



Hey everyone! I'm a graphic designer based out of New Delhi, India. I started my education in architecture & realized mid-way that making art made me more happy than making buildings. I started learning Illustrator and Photoshop in my free time (thanks to Skillshare) and moved into the line full time post graduation.

 I currently work as a graphic designer and social media manager with a start-up. I love all things colorful and pattern-isc (the INDIAN ROOTS). I realized that my journey has only been possible because of the wonderful teachers I had and motivates me to give back my teaching.

PS. I would love for you to join me on Instagram. I often share tit-bits about upcoming classes, current art projects, my do... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hey everyone, I'm critical method and I'm a graphic designer and illustrator from India. I have been working in social media marketing for over five years now. And Monday night relates is that if you want to get someone's attention, make a gym. Just asked him Bobo today and then do break the monotony by industry scrolling through social media. They also tend to get people to interact more with your four-star story. And this can also lead to a higher CTA slide bus or just invented and more interaction forced. So if you're looking to step up your social media game unknown, how to make just this class is perfect for you. We will cover various steps in this class, from understanding what a budget is, to making 10 different types of objects to toward learning how to export them in different file types for different platforms. As uploaders, we would apply the reverse process and understand how we can lead down and existing chip into easy following those steps. At the end of the class, you will walk away than Bailey's had to complete your orange here. By his prior knowledge and Photoshop was being cleaved. Notify me if you haven't used the software that book. Let's begin. 2. What's a GIF?: So what exactly is a GIF? To break it down? It is a moving image. They were invented in 1987 to compress and send high-quality pictures. And now they're mostly used for means. Make combining multiple for those offerings, you can make a GIF. These streams put together are called the loop. Now there are two kinds of loops, closed and open. Applause loop. The first and last frame are actually did. So you can easily identify where the start and ends. In an open loop, the force and mass stream dying together to make one continuous sacred. To this class, we will create both open and close loop tape of chips. Let's begin. 3. GIF 1: Let's get started. I'm going to open a new document in Adobe Photoshop, which is 1080 by 1920 pixels. This size usually works well for two years. Stories of videos. Let's add this, add 300 BPA and color moon as RGB, since this is for the web. Now once my document is open and willing to go to my Layers panel, and now we can new layer using this small icon below. And now I'm going to color this leg. To do this, I'm going to pick a color from my swatches panel. Now, let's lift up being bucket tool from our left toolbar. The shortcut for the bean bucket tool is G. And now I'm just going to left-click on the screen. Similarly, I'm going to make another layer by using the command G sharp good. And fill this with another shade of blue. Just usually work by looping together different frames to create movement. These two colored layers will become offerings. If you want to, change of Portugal, Gallo on, you have to do is toggle over to the color panel and pick a color from here. Once you're done, just click on the screen. So now let's write some text. Select your type tool from the left toolbar. You can use this top bar to change your font, weight, size, and color. So let's begin by writing new post alert. Now, let's change the size of this text. Press Command D to get our transform tool and vinyl pressing Alt or Option. Let's resize this window. Now we're going to align our text. I usually like to keep a background layer in my file which are used to align my text. I'm just going to make sure if this lead is logged by checking if it hasn't block, I get on the same. Now my pressing command, I'm going to select both my unless you immediately see this alignment, bop, bop, bop. And I use this to align my decks horizontally and vertically in the center of my frame. Now that nasa edge ready, Let's make our Geoff to do this, go to timeline from Windows, timeline from hill, select frame animation. We can see our fourth stream in the timeline. Now, for my second frame, I would like to background color to change. So I'm going to click on this icon to create our new frame. So now I'm gonna go to my layer panel. And from here I'm going to turn up the dark blue color and turn on the light blue color instead. As you can see, it was that easy. Both my frames are created. Now let's duplicate this by selecting both the frames and pressing Add frame icon. Again. Now that I have multiple frames me, I'm going to select all of these. So then I can set a duration to do this by pressing Shift, click on the last frame and the frame. This selects all the frames in the middle. Now, I'm going to choose to do nation lose 0.5 seconds from HIO. Just hit the play button. And a first-year Firth ready? 4. GIF 2: Now that we have learned how to create or to frame Jeff, let's move on to a more detailed one. In this lesson, we will learn how to play with the text. I have a file open with my texts written and center align. Now I'm going to reduce the size of my text by pressing Control or Command T and then dragging while holding the Option or Alt key. Once I've resized my text, I'm going to go to my Layers panel and reduce the opacity of my text layer to 20, 21 percent. Now, let's duplicate this layer by dragging our layer to this icon below. And now the opacity to 30 percent. I'm now going to increase the size of my text. Similarly, I'll create multiple layers until I reach a 100 percent opacity. Create as many layers as you want. I'm going to switch off and then begin creating objects. So once again, go to my face. I will select one and keep the other switched off. Msu done, let's pay my setting our duration. I'm going to try 0.12 for this and press Play. Now in this case you can see my differs continuously playing in a loop. To do that, we're going to click on this drop-down menu and choose forever instead of ones. Let's play this again. A second. Jeff is now ready. 5. GIF 3: Now for this GIF, we even make a story for the flat scene. I have Photoshop file open and my legs mean hill. I have a pulpal background, a text layer with the words flash sale and a lightning bolt icon. In case you don't know how to make one or urine use Adobe Illustrator. You can simply download a PNG on lane, which is available for commercial use. I have downloaded this one from here. And now we're going to place this by going to File place Embedded. Now I'm going to resize this by holding Alt or the Option key. And let's rename this to bold. And now we're going to duplicate our lightning bolt layer. Then I went to please these all over my art board in case you have multiple layers at any one particular point on your Canvas, likely on this point. And you will see all the layers which contains some data. At that very point. This way, I can select the needed layer and then this it accordingly. I'm going to now turn on my text layer and start placing these. So let's resize them. You can do this by selecting all low, less than one goal and the sizing them. Let's make our GIF now. Once again, open your timeline and I will create those frames, plasma, usually after a short duration. So we wouldn't want our GIF to have a sense of urgency. For this one. I will turn on and off all my lightning bolts. So here's my force F3. For my second frame. Now, I will turn off all the lightning bolts. Now since I want this full leg, this really fast duration, we can maybe experiment and try something different. So from here, go do our though, and let's try it Zerocoin 15 seconds instead of the usual zero-point one or 0.2. Press Play. Now let's export a GIF. To do this, let's go to File export. Save for Web. Overkill. You can either choose original or optimize. Sometimes when you export your GIF, each vendors and low quality and that gives, you need to choose original. But for this example, let's just use optimized. From here. Make sure your colors are setter, 256. And overhead. This should be set to no deter. Press Save. I'm going to name this flask. Now, let's play this and see how it looks. To do that, I'm going to take my file and drag this. Do Sephardi, it immediately opens up as a new dab. It's perfect. 6. GIF 4: In this lesson, we will learn the gifts diet I often use creating a showcase using multiple images. Imagine if you run a small jewelry business and are looking to showcase radius products in one video. This isn't great way to do this. This is very often seen in Instagram Reels these days. Here, I have taken a square of 1000 AD by 1000 AD pixels. I have downloaded some images from Unsplash, which I will be using for this example. I've already please them and resize them according to my art board. Now, I'm just going to make each image one frame on our time length. And I'm going to change the duration to 0.5 seconds. Hit Play. If you wanted to change the order of the images, all you have to do is drag and drop. Do change your flings. Like this. Unfortunately, platforms like Facebook and Instagram actually don't allow you to upload anything in a GIF format. So whenever you're uploading something, we have to export it as only do. To do this, go to File, export, render video or video. Just make sure your video says matches your documents site. So I'm going to name this and then just going to export this. Usually widow's might take a bit of time to render. Let's now play our medial and C. Now as you see our reduced only two seconds long, this is why I usually make multiple copies of our frames in untimely. Let's go back and now let's create some copies. Let's explored our video again and check it out. Well effect. So now that we have a video, daddy didn't use this for our Facebook or Instagram post. 7. GIF 5: For our next lesson, we will be creating no fun dancing scrimp Jeff, let's begin by typing hello. Now usually for these kind of Jeff's, it's easier to either use a font with a heavy lead. Honestly, just add a stroke to our text. I usually avoid script fonts for these because it's hard to separate. Don't let those. Let's increase the size of the text. Select your text and while pressing older option, use your arrow keys to increase or decrease the space between the letters. Now, let's add a stroke to our text by clicking on this tiny effects or effects button and choosing stroke as an option. I just mean the stroke color jane C, you can see what's happening on my screen. We can increase or decrease the size as needed. We can also change the position, do outside, inside or center. Let's give the position as outside. And then let me in this black again. Now, let's convert objects towards smart object and rasterize it. This way, our stroke and monitoring get combined in one layer. For a next step, we will separate each level of our board into an individual level. Again, we can do this by using the Lasso tool. I'm going to draw a so good around my edge. You can see this marching ants, which means my area is highlighted. Simply right-click and choose Layer via cut. I'll rename this to edge. If you're not very comfortable with the lasso tool, you can also use the Polygon Lasso Tool instead as it allows for a bit more control. And now do this for all my letters. Let's now grab all five of these by selecting them and using the shortcut command, this G. And now let's create a duplicate of enough second group. We will not rotate or non lactose. Hit Command T. Now we can do this randomly all weekend. Don't bleed, define, selects, use minus six degrees for this. Now that I've rotated all the letters, let's create another copy of this group. We will repeat this process and rotate. Let's make our GIF now. Here are my friends. And wallah, I have a nice funky dancing would, but narrowly turning in one direction. So let's have a word due date back. To do this, I'm going to duplicate our frame do and place it after the flame tree. This is now a closed loop. Gif F31 becomes a start. In the end, we have the middle frame, which is our free number 3. And the second theme is around frame three in both directions. 8. GIF 6: Now for this lesson, we will create a swipe up story. We would be working mostly directly in the timeline. In this case, it's always easier to create your frames and then use the timeline medication LEA, you might have to make some changes after you've made your frames do. Let's begin my keeping a simple white background. I'm going to make our so-called to do this, go to your rectangle tool and click on the drop-down menu. From here, choose ellipse. This probably will look like a rectangle. In your case. In my case, it looks like a soccer because that's what I used last. Now, while holding Shift, click on the screen and drag to create a socle. The properties of your shape open up in the top bar. From here, choose a black stroke with four-point line weight. Let's keep the fill as no fill. Let's make an arrow. Now. I want to go back to my shape tool and choose rectangle. We make a small, teeny rectangle for the body. Let's keep the fill as blue and no stroke. Now so the head, we needed a triangle for this. Just click on this green and press Okay. Alternatively, you can just drag your mouse on the screen and drag it up or on the say, do change your shape. Now I have my rectangle and the triangle. Let's put these two together to make my arrow. Once you're happy with your shape, select both of these and right-click and choose mode shapes. I'm now going to pull my color scheme. I have this nice Be still colored background, which I don't Google. And I'm just going to copy paste this into Photoshop. Now for this GIF, I'm going to change the color and the position of my so-called. Let's complete our fourth stream. Now. Let's select our eyedropper tool. I'm going to select the first color. Now let's go to a circle and click on the Shape Tool. This opens up our shape properties. Again. I'm going to change the color to the dark pink we have selected. And now position myself good and add the arrow in the middle. Here. I'm going to change the arrow color to white. This becomes our force frame. Now let's create another stream. I'm going to duplicate my circle and fill it with the lighter pink. But when I'm in my timeline and I made this change, it usually gets reflected in all my things. Sometimes we see position of an object change on its own to here, I will delete the first frame, since I wanted to keep the arrow in the second and start again. Let's duplicate this and turn off our core beat so-called. Let's create our third frame. Now. I'll change the color of a circle to beat. Once again, it gets reflected in all my frames. So in order to avoid this, go to this bar on top and on Digg, new layers visible in oil streams. Now I'm going to make another copy and go to my new frame. Let's change the color to green. It doesn't get deflected. I'll just repeat this. Once all my frames are ready, Let's write out the x. I'm going to write swipe up. Since we ticked off new layers visible in oil frames may even manually have to go to each frame and bone this on. Now we've used this position problem again. So do avoid this, we will delete our text layer and writer text again. This time, I'm going to draw guidelines alongside. In case your ruler isn't showing up, use shortcut Command plus r. Now, drag a line from here. We'll do the top offered text. Let's also repeat this on the left-hand side. Let's go to our old frame now and turn this on. And now we can easily position on the x and repeat this and oil frames. Diets really come in handy when Photoshop is messing with us. Now. This just with the changing colors, but I also want the whole unit to move up during the animation. I also just realized I missed the flame. And once again, our text is all over the place. Files quickly fix this. This can be a good time, which is why I almost always recommend meeting beforehand. And then doing our animation. So now let's go to frame. Select US so good. And arrow unit, while pressing Shift, click on the up key three times. If we were to go back to frame one vacancy, our arrow positions stays the same. We essentially only have one arrow layer. Budget takes the properties of the frame. It isn't like you saw with the text, this box for movement, but you really cannot do this slope value. So if I was to change the color of an object, it will reflect through all my frames, which is why I created six separate circles. Now, full-frame three. Let's move this out by six steps. Let's add our duration. Is now ready. 9. GIF 7: In this lesson, we are going to make up the DNG if I want to begin by writing my index and aligning it in the center. Let's add some fun effects to our text. Convert this into a smart object by clicking on the layer and choosing Convert to Smart Object. Now, let's go to Filters distort. And she was Drupal and went play with this a little Dylan. Happy. I am. I think there's 100 percent looks fun. In case you want to change this, just double-click on the IIT and you can edit your effect from here. Let's keep this at 25 percent for now. Now that we are done, Let's rasterize this text. Now, we will make our gradient. To do so, click on the Paint Bucket tool and choose Gradient. Immediately. You see that D1, bop, bop, bop. Now, I mean from a foreground and background color. So right now, this is black and white. If I was to make my foreground colored red, my gradient would also change. In this case, I want a nice sunset grading, so I will randomly choose pink and an orange. To apply a gradient, Let's open a new layer and simply drag the mouse in the direction you want your gradient to be. For this GIF, I want mine to be horizontal. Now, I'm going to create a clipping mask by going to right-click and create clipping mask. My text now has a nice gradient, but I just want to lead position mind-reading some more. I'm now going to create another copy of main region by Command J. And now using Control D, I'm going to reverse this. When you're rotating object, you shift to rotate anything in-degrees of 90. And now let's create a clipping mask. Again. Perfect. Let's make IGF now. Now overview, you can choose to tween our things. This is used to make the animations Moodle, click on tween, and you can choose to twin previous frame and set how many frames you want in the middle to make the whole animation smoother. And now we can see the fields changing colors MOOC gradually. Let's add a duration and leave. Now, we can also tween are for sin last frame. I will make a copy of my first stream, budget hero twins, these two frames, and then delete my photo stream. This looks great. You can also make multiple gradients hill, instead of choosing just a boat below one. 10. GIF 8: Now, for the age, if we will make an animation for the discount code, this could be great for twiddle. We are going to use an inline font for this, I'm using citrus Gothic. I have to detect less prepared one, the night in lane decks, and the other two, which are solid. The inline text has empty space in the middle through which we can see what's behind. Now, I'm going to make some Twinkies here. Let's hit to our shape tool and click on the polygon tool. I'm going to make this 100 pixels by 100 pixel symmetric. Four sides. Sti in then does 20 percent. Okay? Now I'm just remove the stroke. And I don't want this to be like those retro Twinkies, so I'm just going to rotate this. Now. I'll fast dots and change the signs of spread them across. Now I'm going to make another copy of this. Foot three things. One, simply keep checking across groups, changing throughout the device. Now, you need to change the position. And maybe this looks good. 11. GIF 9: In this example, the other into takeoff from my last less than, It's a really nice we need here. So it kind of Devyn far-fetched leave with our lesson. So for this example, the Hindu takeoff from what we learned in the last chip. Once again, we've been using our sheath during and creating multiple sheets and animating them. In this case, we will be making triangles. So I have my texts written in the middle. Now, I'm going to go to my shape tool and use the triangle option here. Let's make an equilateral triangle and pallidus. I'm now going to make copies of this and I'm going to follow them in the other colors of my day. Now, I'm going to begin by duplicating these, reducing the side and spreading them through art, art board. We will then create two more groups. And in each group, we will rotate and move our plank moves. This dial usually takes a bit more time than the others. Honestly, I find it very therapeutic. Usually when I'm changing the position, I like to go layer by layer to avoid confusion. Sometimes when I'm done with main groups, I like to change the properties of main group to multiply. This makes it easier to identify in teeth. I haven't accidentally change the position of any particular shape. Once offerings are ready, Let's animate them. I can see this one trying new, which repeats in the same position in both the second and poetry. So let me quickly go here and change its position. And voila, we're done. 12. GIF 10: Now, in our final example, I'm going to show you how I created an animation for an advertisement for coffee. This is what the final animation looks like with the sleigh, the coffee beans are disappearing. Now to make this, I began by writing my text, Coffee. I then created six groups and rewrote the letters using coffee beans. As you can see, there are 22 different kinds of coffee beans here. Then frame by frame, I get editing within the group and changing the position of the coffee beans. For example, I can create a copy of the last frame and now change all the beans position. Since I'm not adding anything new from frame to frame, we don't have to worry about any list position changing and the time name, like what we had in our swipe up Jeff, this is a great example of web working within the timeline is very useful. Advice. I would have had to keep a track of 12 layers into six words, which is 72 groups, which would have been a nightmare. I'm Jeff, also a super heavy. We can also easily play this in the reverse and hand the coffee beans come in to me, coffee. All we have to do is reposition our frames. 13. Reverse Engineering: Before we wrap up, I have one last bonus for you. Let's learn how to reverse engineer jets. When I was starting out, I would often look to existing jobs to learn about the kind of animation I could do. And this process made it so much easier. Let's start. I found this really interesting, fun GIPHY. I'm going to now see this by pressing right-click and then pressing Save Image do Downloads. Now I'm going to drag and open the sim for the sharp image vaguely these legs open up, which are actually my flames for the Geoff. So let's compare them now. From my first frame to my second frame, there is movement in my text. In my face. The color of the hurdles changing and hearts are changing both size and color. Let's see The toward free adenosine, multiple changes. I can see the fees angled from the fourth stream to the beats in the fifth string. And how the color changes from greenish blue to violet to greenish blue again. So maybe the next time, omega j, if I can use a changing hair color as a reference to create my own colourful Jeff. Just use this as a way to learn and make sure that you don't accidentally end up copying any existing work. 14. Wrapping Up: And it's a wrap. Thank you so much for taking the time to see this class. Don't forget to check the resources section for your PDF, which contains short guy and details about the timeline section. I do hope you make a lot of chips for your social media. Bye.