How to make Photos into a GIF – Learn how I make my photos come to life

March 18th, 2018

STEP ONE: Prep Your Images

  • Using Adobe Lightroom, choose the series of photos you want to use for your gif. For this tutorial, I chose a 1×1 crop, although any ratio will work.
how to make a gif from your own images
  • Apply the crop you chose to to all your photos. Do this by: command+a -once they re all selected, select sync. (Pictured below)
how to make a gif from your own images
  • Select Crop, straighten angle and Aspect ratio should also be selected. Then click synchronize.
how to make a gif from your own images
  • Now that all your photos are cropped the same, export them to your desktop Settings for web: 2400px long @72ppi)
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STEP TWO: Creating your GIF in photoshop

  • Open photoshop
  • Select the first photo in your series of exported photos
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  • Drag and drop your photo onto your photoshop app on your desktop.
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step by step instructions on how to make a gif
  • Now your photoshop canvas is automatically the size of the image.
  • Go to Window and select Timeline
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  • Click: Create Video Timeline
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  • Drag the red curser to the end of your first clip on the timeline.
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  • Then click the plus icon to the right of the timeline strip 
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  • Navigate to your folder of cropped images, and select all the photos except the first image you opened in photoshop. Click open
  • Now all your images should be loaded onto the timeline. 
  • Next, “Convert to frame animation” by click the three boxes in the lower left of your photoshop window
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  • Select all the thumbnails on the timeline so they are highlighted
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  • Make sure that forever is selected
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  • change the first thumbnails time by clicking the arrow next to 5 sec.
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  • In dropdown, Choose .01 seconds, or the amount of time you want between frame. 
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  • Press play to make sure you like the tempo
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STEP THREE: Exporting your GIF

  • Go to: File/ Export / Save for Web
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  • (Note this what I have found to work for me, I know there are tons of great ways to save a gif) 
  • Copy these settings, also pictured below):
    • GIF
    • Colors: 256
    • Dither: 100%
    • Looping options: Forever
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