Make a GIF using Photoshop

So I have made a tutorial on making an animated GIF using GIMP, so now I decided to show you how to make one using Photoshop! You get the best of both worlds. I have grown accustomed to using Photoshop and most certainly enjoy it more than GIMP, however, GIMP will always have a specially place in my heart because that is what I started with when editing images. Nonetheless, Photoshop offers so much more and usually produces much higher quality work. This is a simple short tutorial without the added information of image editing or turning video into a GIF. More or less it is a way to show viewers how a GIF actually works at its most basic form. So if you have any questions please feel free to ask, especially if you don’t understand something in the video below.

Also, if you are wondering how I was able to make this tutorial I used Quicktime Player by doing a screencast and recording audio simultaneously. When using Quicktime Player press File>New Audio Recording then press File>New Screen Recording. Press record on both and begin making your tutorial.

Screen Shot 2014-07-19 at 6.29.52 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-19 at 6.30.09 PM Then I simply mashed the audio and video together using Garageband and uploaded the video to Youtube. There is little editing required when making these types of videos unless it is extremely long and elaborate. However, I don’t believe tutorials should be terribly long unless it actually takes that long for the process. Keeping it short, sweet, and to the point will keep everyone satisfied because not trying to sound harsh, but you won’t waste their time. I hate when tutorialers have to explain their life story when I just want to find out how a simple process works. So, if you find I am being a hypocrite please let me know!

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7 Responses to Make a GIF using Photoshop

  1. randis1993 says:

    Thank you for this tutorial! Can you include a link to your GIMP tutorial also? I am currently better at GIMP than I am at Photoshop haha so I would like to see that one too! Also, can you explain how to get to a screencast from the Quicktime Player, I have yet to find how to do this. Thanks!

  2. admin says:

    Whoops I thought I linked to the other tutorial, but I guess I didn’t, but now it is! Also I’ll add the Quicktime stuff in a second!

  3. skasner says:

    Great tutorial! I though that it was very informative. I have never made a GIF before, but I thought that your steps were very easy to follow. You seemed to have a really firm idea of what you’re talking about and how everything works. It was great that you also added how you made the tutorial. The one I made I had to use screenshots for because I didn’t know any other way. Thank you so much for being so detailed and thorough!

  4. david says:

    Like other commenters, I haven’t made a GIF before either – mostly I haven’t done much editing at all until this class came along. The tutorial definitely served its purpose, though I do have one question – are any of these options different between the Windows and Mac versions of the product?

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