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Photoshop for Entrepreneurs: Easy GIFs

teacher avatar Phil Ebiner, Video | Photo | Design

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5 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Introduction and Project Files

    • 2. Start Your Project and Place Your Video

    • 3. Adding Text to Your GIF

    • 4. Save as a Looping GIF

    • 5. Exercise and Thank You

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About This Class

Learn how to create an animated GIF in Photoshop. You'll learn how to add video, change the size of your GIF, add text and shapes to your GIF, and export a forever-looping GIF for posting online. 

Download the project file and video clip to follow along as we create the GIF below. Files are in the Project tab.


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Phil Ebiner

Video | Photo | Design


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Since 2012 have been teaching people like you everything I know. I create courses that teach you how to creatively share your story through photography, video, design, and marketing.

I pride myself on creating high quality courses from real world experience.


I've always tried to live life presently and to the fullest. Some of the things I love to do in my spare time include mountain biking, nerding out on personal finance, traveling to new places, watching sports (huge baseball fan here!), and sharing meals with friends and family. Most days you can find me spending quality time with my lovely wife, twin boys and a baby girl, and dog Ashby.

In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Film and Tele... See full profile

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1. Introduction and Project Files: Jeffs gifts. However you pronounce it, we're going to learn how toe create your own Jif in photo shop. Right now, it's a great way to make eye catching graphics that you can post on your website social media, even within emails when I do promotions for some of my new courses or my new digital products that I sell, all create a little sort of like a banner ad that has motion graphics. It has text, images, videos and these air more eye catching, and they convert better than just still images. So we're going to dive right in, learn how to do that. You can download the sample video clip that we're actually using in this project, and you can follow along, recreated yourself or find a video yourself. Whether it's just for fun or for an online business, find a video and so that you can actually use the Jif that we create in this class to promote your own brand website product, whatever it ISS. So thanks so much for watching. I can't wait to see your gifts and we'll see you in the next lesson. 2. Start Your Project and Place Your Video: in this section of the course, we're going to be creating a gift or a Jiff. However you pronounce it in photo shop. It's a great way to promote on article of yours or any product or service that you have to offer as an online business. I use them when I'm doing big promotions for my online courses or to put them in my articles And you can see here this is what we're going to be creating, and you have the movie that is a part of this course. So if you want to download that, you can and get going, that's the only value need. So the first thing we're going to do is figure out how to open up a video in photo shop. Well, there's a couple of ways to do it. One is actually just by going right click open with and then finding photo shop. Of course I'm with on a Mac, so if you're on a PC, you're going to have to do the similar thing on a PC. But an easier way is to start within photo shop, so I already have the project that I created open, but I'm going to go ahead and start a new project. So go up to file new. And now I want to set the size for this Jif so you can do a square image. You can do a banner, you can do whatever you want for this image. I decided to go with the square and I'm going to go 500 pixels wide by 500 pixels tall and then the resolution of 150 pixels purse per inch. So then just go ahead and click, OK? And we have our composition right here of our Photoshopped, Doc. So at first you probably won't see this timeline. So I'm gonna go ahead and close this timeline. You're probably going to be seen something like this. So what you can actually just dio is go to your finder, find the video that you want whether you're using this one or another and just drop it into photo shop. Photo shop is going to take a little time to load it. But now we have this video, but now we only see the first part of the video. So what we're going to do first is go up to a window and add timeline. So window timeline and we're going to click this create video timeline button. First, I'm going to have to actually press enter on my keyboard so that this video is actually placed in here and then I'm going to click this create video timeline. And now we have this timeline that starts at the beginning of this video clip to the end. So what's cool is that in photo shop, you can actually edit your video and only select absurd part of your video to create the Jeff. So what I'm going to do first is I'm going to increase the size of this video and you can see as I click and drag the corner, it starts to change the aspect. So I'm gonna hold shift down while I click and drag and just basically make this the size of the square, put it right about centered, and then what I'm going to do is I'm going to take this timeline. I'll call it a scrubber first pressing return on the keyboard to place that video right there in the center, and I'm going to find a good take. So I think something like that is a pretty good. Take. What I can do then is you have this in point and this out point on the timeline. So if I take this in point and drag it to the beginning of the clip where I want the Jeff to start, and then I go to the end and I moved thes endpoint in right there. Now what I can do is play through it. So I click this play button and it plays through the animation. And if it's not looping for you, you can goto tools loop playback. You can change the resolution to 25% or 100% depending on how Fasher Computer is. It might take a little bit of time for it to load and play, but this looks pretty good. So you can basically re edit your videos. You can move them around, and you can select where you want your gift to be. Our gift is about four seconds, which is a pretty good size going from 15 seconds to about 18 so about three or four seconds. So that's pretty good. That means the fall size will be a good size if you do create a gift that's 10 seconds long orm, or even more than five seconds long. This file size is going to be pretty big, and a lot of websites don't allow file sizes that big. And of course, it depends on how big the resolution and the size of your composition is. Right now. It's at 500 pixels by 500 pixels, which is good and sometimes even smaller. Oil export this at a lower, lower size, but in the next step, we're going to be adding text to this gift. 3. Adding Text to Your GIF: So we have our video here and we have the right spot where we want it to be created the gift. But we want to add text. So what we do is just taking our textile. We're going to click onto our image right? Here are video and you can see as soon as I did that added this layer. So I'm going to type how to well say bake red. And then I'm going to take my move tool and move this around. I can add different layers. I can change the color with the character panel, make it stand out a little bit more. So maybe I'll do something like blue something like bluish purple, but it still doesn't stand up quite as much as I want. So what I'm going to do is add a little background. So I'm going to take my shape tool. I have it set at White, and so I'm going to just create this bar over here. Now this bar is on top of the how to break red layer so I can just go over to my layer panel and drop it beneath, and you can see here on the timeline that it starts or it's underneath the text layer, and I'm going to just drop the opacity a little bit, so I'm gonna make it a little bit more opaque, so 50% or so and just move it. So it's a little bit centered. And maybe I'll change the color of the baked bread just to add a little bit. Make it a little bit more enticing, a little bit more dynamic. Okay, so now you can see that this text was added where we are in the timeline, and I can zoom in on the timeline with this little zoom bar right here. So here is our whole gift that we're going to anime, and then all of a sudden, right here our text appears. I want the text appear a little bit later after I'm done setting the bread down on the cutting board. So I'm going to select both of these layers by a clicking one and then holding shift down and clicking the next one and dragging them to the right. So right about there. So let me play this for you guys, so it's gonna play through Boom text on play through boom text on play through text on. So that's a pre good little promo for this article. This tutorial that I've created and the next thing we have to do is export it or save it. 4. Save as a Looping GIF: So now we have our video. We've added our text. The next thing we have to do is save it, so to save it as a gift. Goto file Export Save for Web We're going to save for Web using the legacy features that photo shop has that opens up this new module with different options for saving your images up in the top. Right, you have your presets. So if you click that and scroll up, you have these different GIF options. So you have gift. 1 28 dithered Gift. 1 28 No dithered, and then the same Forgive 32 30 64. What the 32 64 1 28 referred to are the amount of colors that will be exported in this gift . Exported or saved, I say exported because I'm coming from a video world. That's what we say when we save our video projects. But you can think of it as saving. So if I choose 60 32 I'll show you what it looks like with this image. It's not as bod because there's not many colors in this image, but you can see it starts to get a little distorted down here. If I go to another point in this gifts only, just click. Cancel, move. My timeline or right about here will probably be a pretty good point for you to see that file export Save for Web and then you go up to Gift 32 dithered. You'll see it better this time as it loads. There's just less colors, and it's still loading. But so they basically only have 32 colors that they use so you can see the red, the browns, and it really lumps the colors together. If I do 1 28 you'll see that it looks more normal like a normal video because it includes mawr points and more colors. In this gift dither adverse non dithered dithered means that it's more blended, non dithered. You can see as I did, that the edges become a little bit more harsh, so I typically do dithered. The other thing is, you can see the the size estimate down here, so it says that this is going to be 5.647 megabytes, so if you want to decrease that size, you can go from a hired 1 28 to something lower, so maybe let's try 64. So now that's 4.3 to 2 megabytes. If we need it to be even smaller, we can change the size. So over here, under image size, we can change this to, say, 400 and then click somewhere else so that it loads that preset and it's going to actually show up as what we're looking at. So now it's 2.791 megabytes. So there's different ways to basically changed the size of your gift, which is important when uploading online. You can also adjust all these things custom wise up here with the colors, the mountain dither, etcetera. Those are the two options that you really need to worry about. The other thing down here that you do need to worry about is this looping option. So right now it's set at once, and thats going means that it's going to play once and it's going to be done. But we typically want our gifts to repeat, so we're going to say before ever. So now how do we know if this works while we can preview it down here? Or we can actually preview it in on the Web by clicking this preview button down here, so it's going to optimize it for your browser. So this is actually how it's going to look like when someone, when you put it online, when you put it in an article, when you put it in an email, I had a break bread pretty cool. So when we come back toe Photoshopped weaken, just click save. We're just going to save our desktop. We're gonna call this bread gift click save again. And then now let's go over to our finder or your documents. Goto our desktop. We have our bread gift. There we have it, a new gift, all about breaking baking bread and it repeats. It loops infinitely. So that's how you create a gift, and you add text to it so you can do that multiple ways. You could add multiple layers of text. You could change up the text. You could add different videos to this just by doing the same process of dropping new video clips onto this timeline, or basically as a new layer moving around on the timeline so you can do lots of things with video right and photo shop itself. Let me know if you have any questions, otherwise we'll see you in another video 5. Exercise and Thank You: everyone. Thank you so much for watching this little Siris of videos on creating a Jiff. I hope it helps you out and hope that the jets that you create are beneficial to you And get mawr legs, shares and engagement. If you have already done so and created a Jiff, please post it to the course of the I can check it out. If you haven't go ahead, shoot some video, find some video of yours or just create a Jiff with text shapes. You can do that. He doesn't have to necessarily be images or video. Rather, you can use images and tax to create a cool looking Jif right within Photoshopped using the same techniques that we did use. Teoh do it with video. So have fun. Thank you so much for watching. And I can't wait to see your work by