Editing an Animated GIF in Photoshop

Animated GIF in Photoshop

Photoshop is an incredibly powerful tool that is capable of doing many things, but the trick is figuring out how to get it to do what it does. Editing an animated GIF in Photoshop CS4 is easy… when you know the steps to take. With these steps you can edit an animated GIF using Photoshop CS3 or CS4 using a Mac or a PC.

Edited Animated GIF in PhotoshopHome Architects animated GIF

  • To open an animated .gif on Mac cs4, click Open
  • Select your GIF
  • In the bottom left corner of the open file dialogue box select Quicktime Movie as the format
  • Then open your GIF.

edit GIF animation in Photosohp
You’ll need to open your animations window by going to the window, then click on “animation”. This will bring up a time line that you’ll have to get familiar with.

Open Animated GIF CS4If you want to have all of the frames broken up into layers, click the options in the animation window, and select Flatten Frames into Layers. This will give you access to all the frames as layers and you can now edit the GIF as though it was a movie.

In my case, I didn’t need the last step.  I had an animated GIF where the animation was perfect.  I just wanted to edit the static parts of the GIF. So rather than editing each frame or the layer for each frame, I created a new layer on top of them all and entered new text and home architect’s logo.

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23 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, same here. Been scanning sites for some time looking for animated gif info. No luck until I found this post. Cheers.