Animated GIFs in Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 Book

Step-by-Step Training Workbook: Create Short Animations for the Web

With the rise of mobile devices, animated GIFs have regained popularity because they just work (unlike Flash animations which do not work on mobile devices). GIFs are an easy solution for short animations.

In this training you’ll learn how to create animated GIFs for websites, ads, or even HTML emails. Photoshop lets you create numerous types of animations. Learn how to hide and show elements, fading them in or out, move things from one place to another, and more. You’ll even add short video clips!

This training is for people that have prior experience using Photoshop, but want to learn how to create and optimize animated GIFs.

Includes Downloadable Class Files (works on Mac & PC)
ISBN: 978-1-941333-52-5

Setup & Introduction
Downloading the Class Files
Section 1
Creating a Simple Animated GIF
  • Creating a frame animation
  • Adding frames
  • Setting frame duration using the frame delay option
  • Testing the animation
  • Saving as an animated GIF
Intro to Tweening
  • Animating position to create movement
  • Animating opacity to fade elements in/out
Keeping GIF File Size Down
  • Tweening multiple parameters
  • Tips & tricks for reducing file size
  • Reworking the animation to reduce file size
Creating a Complex Animation
  • Using clipping masks to create custom animations
  • Manually animating an object
  • Using Unify Layer options
  • Making edits that apply to all frames
Section 2
Using Video in Animated GIFs
  • Specifying a range from a video to import
  • Converting video into a frame animation
Creating a Video Timeline
  • Using keyframes to animate the Position property
  • Animating the foods into & out of the box
  • Moving the outermost foods along a curve instead of a line
  • Moving, editing, & offsetting keyframes in the Timeline
  • Copy/pasting keyframe values
Seamless Video Looping & Animating a Layer’s Transform
  • Adding a video background as a Smart Object
  • Making the video background loop seamlessly
  • Animating a layer’s rotation using the Transform property
Embedding Animations in Smart Objects
  • Embedding an animation within a Smart Object
  • Adding a filter to an embedded animation
  • Copying Smart Objects
  • Final positioning & blending modes
Reference Material
Image Optimization Tools
  • Further reducing the file size of animated GIFs

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