If you are new to photoshop and want to learn how to gif tutorial under the cut.
- Find a video on YouTube of the video you want to GIF.
- Go to this conversion site here.
- Copy the URL of the video and paste it in the conversion box.
- Make sure your conversion format is on MP4.
- Click ‘continue’.
- I pick one of the higher/middle qualities. Whichever you have room for.
- Click on ‘start’ at the bottom and it will start converting.
- Click ‘download’ once the conversion screen has went through and you’re done converting.
- Open Photoshop (obviously :P)
- Click on ‘Window’ and make sure the option ‘Animation’ has a tick next to it and it will bring up a panel at the bottom used to GIF.
- Go to File > Import > Video Frames To Layers.
- Find the video you converted in your files. Mine are usually in my downloads unless you put them somewhere else. Open up the video and a little page will pop up with the video and options.
- Underneath the video should be a slider. Find the part in the video with the slider that you want to GIF, once you find where you want to start, hold down ‘shift’ and slide the slider until you reach where you want to end and release the ‘shift’ key. (You may want to go just a tad before where you want to start in the video and tad bit after where you want to end, just to ensure you get the whole part you want into it. Don’t worry, you remove the extra later).
- In the options beside it, put a check mark in the box next to ‘limit to _ frames’. Type the number 2 or 3 into the box and click ‘OK’.
- You will see the frames at the bottom in the panel now. Click the first frame, and then find the last frame, hold down shift and click that last frame to highlight all of them and click on one of the numbers at the bottom and switch it to 0.1 seconds.
- Click on Image > Image Size and only mess with the width. I put mine to 400, but you can put yours to 500 if you want. Whatever works for you. Just something under 500 width. Make sure all 3 options at the bottom have a check mark.
- At the top, make sure you put the zoom back to 100 because the frames are usually pretty sizable before scaling it down and will zoom out.
- Click around in the frames and delete the parts you don’t want in the beginning and end. If it’s a big chunk to remove, just do the shift trick except only on the part you want to remove. Click on the little trash bin and click ‘yes’ to delete.
- That’s the basic to making the GIF.
- If you want to add colours to it, make sure you have the last layer in the layers panel clicked (so the effects go on top of the frames) and the select the first frame in the frames panel.
- You can add PSD’s to it.
- If you want to do the colouring yourself, make sure you do all colouring from the ‘Adjustments’ panel or else it won’t affect all the layers.
- Go to File > Save For Web & Devices.
- A window should pop up with a bunch of options and a preview of your GIF.
- Make sure your settings are ‘Selective’ ‘Diffusion’ ‘Diffusion Transparency Dither’ and a checkmark is next to ‘Transparency’.
- Way up in the upper right hand corner, you should see a small arrow with some short lines next to it, click on it and go to ‘Optimize To File Size’.
- Next to the words ‘Desired File Size’ type in 999. Make sure ‘Start With’ is selected with ‘Current Settings’ and ‘Use’ is selected with ‘Current Slice’ and click ‘OK’.
- That will set the limit to 999KB (999 because I learned if it’s over that but a small fraction, it won’t play, even though the Tumblr limit is 1000). Chances are your GIF wont be that high, but it makes sure the GIF is at it’s highest quality if it’s under 1000KB. If it’s over, then it will just slightly down the quality, but make it playable for Tumblr.
- Click ‘Save’, Save it wherever and then you’re done.
I hope this helped someone. I know it may look long, but it’s just really detailed is all. :P If you have any questions or need more help, message me I’ll try my best to help.