Photoshop Create Animated GIF Banner

GIF is a (Graphics Interchange Format) of computer graphic file, which is very useful to create logos, icons, banners or symbols with transparency.

Some facts about GIF.

  • GIF is a Graphics Interchange Format of image file
  • GIF Image files are Platform independent
  • GIF is an 8-bit format which means the maximum number of colors supported by the format is 256
  • GIF files Support transparency
  • Using a GIF for photos is not recommended because GIFs are limited to 256 colors
  • GIF files also support a feature called interlacing, which preloads the graphic

In this tutorials I have created a simple and useful banner advertisement by using Photoshop, just follow the steps mentioned below and design your animated GIF banner.

Step 1

Select Photoshop -> File > create new page (according to your requirement).

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Step 2

Create few new layers of animation.

Layer 1

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Layer 2

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Layer 3

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Layer 4

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Layers widget is used to manage layers in Photoshop, so Press F7 to view Layers widget if already not showing.

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Step 3

Just go to top menu Window and launch Animation. It will help you to apply the animation effect to your image.

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Step 4

Animation frames appear like this, by default it will select top layer image.

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Step 5

By clicking on time, you can set the animation frame timing in seconds.

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Step 6

By creating the second layer, you can duplicate the existing layer.

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Step 7

Select the second layer.

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Enable second layer image visible for the second frame and hide previous frame visibility.

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You can follow the same for all frames if you want to increase the frame timing click on the frame and follow step 5.

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Step 8

For repeating this animation just change Once to Forever Animation

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Step 9

The final step to save the image into GIF format. Go to File and launch Save for Web & Devices

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Select the GIF format and save done.

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You have successfully created an animated GIF banner by using Photoshop.


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