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Photoshop Animated GIFs

Animations That Work Everywhere

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 6-hour class 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, use Photoshop's video timeline, and more. You’ll even add short video clips, and learn tips and tricks to create seamless loops!

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

  • You’ll start out simple by showing & hiding layers.

  • Create custom reveals for interesting animations.

  • Use the timeline panel to animate with keyframes.

  • Seamlessly loop background video.

  • Learn advanced techniques to create animated waves.

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Price: $325 Click for Discounts

  • 6 hours of Hands-On Training
  • Custom Written Workbook Included
  • Mac or PC
  • In New York City and Live Online

We Literally Wrote the Book!

Animated gifs

To make the perfect class we had to write our own workbooks which are included with each class.

Can’t take a class? Our workbooks are the next best thing.

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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

Why Train With Noble?

27 Years of Experience

Noble Desktop has been teaching computer graphics and web development since 1991. In all those years we have perfected the craft of teaching. If students get hung up on any issue, we tweak the class to make it work better. Every instructor uses the same time-tested curriculum we have developed. Ask around: Noble Desktop has a stellar reputation for exceptional computer graphics training.

Our Teaching Method is Better

We don't ask you to simply "follow along," copying what the instructor does. Instead we ask you to focus 100% attention on the lesson at hand. Only after the lesson do you then put into practice what you have learned by working on a computer with our step-by-step workbooks. This "learn, then practice" method results in the student learning and retaining much more than traditional "follow along" classes.

We Wrote the Book Ourselves

Most of our classes include a custom training workbook written by our top instructors. Take it home with you: with step-by-step exercises and power-user keyboard shortcut guides, it’s like having a refresher course right on your desk. We wrote the book ourselves because we couldn't find any book that was good enough. Now our books are being used by other schools and training centers worldwide.

We Provide Computers, Mac or PC

Since when did training centers expect you to "bring a laptop"? Noble Desktop has always had classrooms full of computers, Mac and PC. Each computer is loaded with software and has a 19-inch monitor. The next time you are asked to "bring a laptop," ask why you aren't being provided a computer. Noble Desktop always has up-to-date equipment in our state-of-the-art classrooms.

Not Just Anyone Can Teach

All our instructors are working professionals who bring on-the-job experience to the classroom. But we don't just let anyone teach a course. How many experts do you know who can't teach? We've learned to audition and test our instructors. Only after they have been through our screening process will they be put in front of students. And they are required to use our time-tested curriculum, assuring a positive learning experience for all our students. Read our instructor bios.

Money-Back Guarantee

We’re the only school to offer an unconditional money-back guarantee. If within the first half of the class you don’t absolutely love it, we’ll give you a full refund. Please note any request needs to be made before the halfway point of any class.

We Are NY State-Licensed, and Adobe Authorized

When looking at a computer training school, check to see if they are NY State-licensed. Any school in New York should be licensed by law. Noble Desktop follows state-issued guidelines for curriculum development and teacher licensing. Adobe Authorized means our instructors have passed the rigorous Adobe Certification Exam, and that we follow Adobe's quality-control standards.

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We offer our guarantee because we think we’re the best—but don’t take our word for it. Ask more than 2200 industry professionals who have enjoyed our classes and are putting what they learned to use on the job. Read their testimonials.