How to create animated GIFs using Photoshop

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One of the main features of this wiki is that in the galleries scenes are usually saved in animated GIF format.

Known our motivation for animated GIFS, then we will share the method to create them using Photoshop, which is the fastest method and guarantees the quality known to date.

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is mandatory that you know how to get screenshots from FFmpeg, since we need to obtain frames accurately.

There is also an alternative method to create animated GIFs without using Photoshop, but it requires a very high Internet connection speed (and if you do not have it, I do not recommend that method). In any case, the method of using Photoshop is the best for me.

This method may be somewhat tedious at the beginning, but with practice it is done very quickly, you will see.

Frames (download them one by one)

We will start this exercise assuming that, with FFmpeg, you managed to get the frames of Jungle de Ikou! - EP3 (this episode, in my opinion, had one of the best animations with respect to the current anime standard). And like any anime series, then it must have 24 frames per second (24 fps).

One of the scenes that most captivated me was the destruction of a building whose external structure is composed of glass windows that reflect even the hand of the giantess. Seeing each frame is a visual delight.

You will have to download the following frames one by one (in its original resolution, which is 704 × 528). It's not that I want to torture you, but the Wikia rules forbid us from giving a download link.

Steps to follow

Part 1: Preparing the animation

# Image (central click to enlarge) Description
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Gif Photoshop Tutorial 01.png
Suppose that during the extraction of frames, you stumble over the frames of a beautiful destruction scene that you want to save as an animated GIF. Note that in the bottom left of the screen tells us that you have selected 68 items.
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Gif Photoshop Tutorial 02.png
We are going to delete the repeated frames. To see which ones are repeated, we simply open the first image of the list (zzb3771.png) with the Windows photo viewer. We click on "Next" (or press the "->" key on the keyboard) and it will take us to zzb3772.png, which is identical to zzb3371.png. And if we press "Next" again, we realize that zzb3773.png is identical to the previous 2. But when pressing "Next" again, the image zzb3774.png shows to be different from the others, since from here the hand of the giantess begins to be seen (in the upper left part of the frame). Therefore, we must remove (delete) zzb3772.png and zzb3773.png because they are identical to zzb3771.png. This procedure is continued with all the frames until all the annoying repeated frames have been removed (deleted).
  • NOTE 1: it has to be done manually because normally the softwares that erase identical images usually fail or mistakenly erase some valuable frames. It is better that the process of erasing repeated frames is supervised by a human being.
  • NOTE 2: in the case of tremors (when the image moves oscillatingly), it is not a good idea to delete the frames, since you also have to keep those frames in order to have the effect of the tremor.


Finished this process, we will now have 56 images instead of 68 (we lost 12 images).

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Open Photoshop and go to File->Scripts->Load files into stack...
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Gif Photoshop Tutorial 04.png
In the pop-up window, we click on Browse...
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Gif Photoshop Tutorial 05.png
Selected all the files that interest us. To do so, we select the first one (zzb3771.png) with a left click and then go to the last one (zzb3838.png) and select it by pressing Shift+(Left click). Then we click "OK".
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Gif Photoshop Tutorial 06.png
In the pop-up window you can see the list of files that we have selected. Do not touch them! Just verify that you have both the first (zzb3771.png) and the last one (zzb3838.png). You click on "OK" (which is in the upper right part of that window).
  • NOTE: This process may take depending on the number of images used. I recommend that you wait between 1 or 2 minutes until the process has "calmed down".
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Gif Photoshop Tutorial 07.png
You probably do not have a timeline, so to activate it go to Window->Timeline.
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Gif Photoshop Tutorial 08.png
The timeline will appear in the lower part of the window. In the middle of this one select the option Create Frame Animation.
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Gif Photoshop Tutorial 09.png
At the bottom left of the timeline, you'll see a phrase that says "Once." Change it to "Forever", otherwise the animated GIF will not restart (and that's very bad).
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Gif Photoshop Tutorial 10.png
In the upper right part of the timeline, there is a button that will give us several options. Select "Make Frames From Layers". Then, do not touch anything!
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The layers are now the frames of the animation, but they are in the opposite direction. To fix it, go back to the button on the top right of the timeline and choose "Reverse Frames".
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The frames are already arranged in chronological order, but their speed of change is instantaneous (0 seconds), you have to give them all an appropriate speed according to their original animation (that is, the anime style, which is 24 frames per second) .

To begin, go back to the button on the top right of the timeline and choose "Select All Frames."

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Now that all the frames are selected, we go to any frame and change "0 sec" for "Other...", then we write "0.04". If you are wondering what is special about that number, we will see an explanation below.

Explanation about frames per second (fps)

In general, animated series and films based on drawings have 24 frames per second (but those of European origin have 25, which is a negligible difference). This means that every second that passes, 24 frames have been used during the animation footage.

Reinterpreting this data, we can say that each frame corresponds to a stay of 1/24 seconds on the screen. Approximately:

1/24 seconds = 0,04166666666666666666666666666667 seconds (precise)
1/24 seconds = 0,04 seconds (approximate)

And this is the reason why the frames have been given a speed of change of 0.04 seconds.

  • NOTE 1: If you work with a European animation (that is, 25 fps), you will continue using 0.04 seconds, since 1/25 = 0.04 (exactly). Therefore, the difference is negligible.
  • NOTE 2: You are likely to stumble upon an animation video based on drawings that use 30 fps. This is not normal, it has unnecessary frames. Therefore, when you extract your frames with FFmpeg, give it the value of 24 (the command "-r 24").

Identify the speed of each frame

At the beginning of the tutorial we had eliminated several repeated frames. Because of this, we will have to identify the rate of change of each one. This is simple, since we should simply see the difference (or "distance") between each frame, and this we can easily observe through the file names of the extracted frames. At the side of each file we will put the difference between the one that follows less the one of the file itself, also a number of asterisks so that it is more "graphic" (for didactic reasons):

zzb3771.png (3) ***
zzb3774.png (2) **
zzb3776.png (2) **
zzb3778.png (2) **
zzb3780.png (2) **
zzb3782.png (2) **
zzb3784.png (2) **
zzb3786.png (2) **
zzb3787.png (1) *
zzb3790.png (3) ***
zzb3792.png (1) *
zzb3793.png (1) *
zzb3794.png (1) *
zzb3795.png (1) *
zzb3796.png (1) *
zzb3797.png (1) *
zzb3798.png (1) *
zzb3799.png (1) *
zzb3800.png (1) *
zzb3801.png (1) *
zzb3802.png (1) *
zzb3803.png (2) **
zzb3805.png (1) *
zzb3806.png (1) *
zzb3807.png (1) *
zzb3808.png (1) *
zzb3809.png (1) *
zzb3810.png (1) *
zzb3811.png (1) *
zzb3812.png (1) *
zzb3813.png (1) *
zzb3814.png (1) *
zzb3815.png (1) *
zzb3816.png (1) *
zzb3817.png (1) *
zzb3818.png (1) *
zzb3819.png (1) *
zzb3820.png (1) *
zzb3821.png (1) *
zzb3822.png (1) *
zzb3823.png (1) *
zzb3824.png (1) *
zzb3825.png (1) *
zzb3826.png (1) *
zzb3827.png (1) *
zzb3828.png (1) *
zzb3829.png (1) *
zzb3830.png (1) *
zzb3831.png (1) *
zzb3832.png (1) *
zzb3833.png (1) *
zzb3834.png (1) *
zzb3835.png (1) *
zzb3836.png (1) *
zzb3837.png (1) *
zzb3838.png (?)

Note that at the beginning it is a bit unstable, but then the other frames acquire a uniform pattern in "(1)", except "zzb3803.png" (since its consecutive is 2 frames away). The last frame has (?), But we can give it the value of (1) to follow the pattern of its previous ones.

To all these numbers we will multiply them by 0.04:

1 × 0,04 = 0,04
2 × 0,04 = 0,08
3 × 0,04 = 0,12
4 × 0,04 = 0,16
...etc.

And so we can know what is the speed of each frame, that parameter we will enter in the timeline that Photoshop.

zzb3771.png (0,12) ***
zzb3774.png (0,08) **
zzb3776.png (0,08) **
zzb3778.png (0,08) **
zzb3780.png (0,08) **
zzb3782.png (0,08) **
zzb3784.png (0,08) **
zzb3786.png (0,08) **
zzb3787.png (0,04) *
zzb3790.png (0,12) ***
zzb3792.png (0,04) *
zzb3793.png (0,04) *
zzb3794.png (0,04) *
zzb3795.png (0,04) *
zzb3796.png (0,04) *
zzb3797.png (0,04) *
zzb3798.png (0,04) *
zzb3799.png (0,04) *
zzb3800.png (0,04) *
zzb3801.png (0,04) *
zzb3802.png (0,04) *
zzb3803.png (0,08) **
zzb3805.png (0,04) *
zzb3806.png (0,04) *
zzb3807.png (0,04) *
zzb3808.png (0,04) *
zzb3809.png (0,04) *
zzb3810.png (0,04) *
zzb3811.png (0,04) *
zzb3812.png (0,04) *
zzb3813.png (0,04) *
zzb3814.png (0,04) *
zzb3815.png (0,04) *
zzb3816.png (0,04) *
zzb3817.png (0,04) *
zzb3818.png (0,04) *
zzb3819.png (0,04) *
zzb3820.png (0,04) *
zzb3821.png (0,04) *
zzb3822.png (0,04) *
zzb3823.png (0,04) *
zzb3824.png (0,04) *
zzb3825.png (0,04) *
zzb3826.png (0,04) *
zzb3827.png (0,04) *
zzb3828.png (0,04) *
zzb3829.png (0,04) *
zzb3830.png (0,04) *
zzb3831.png (0,04) *
zzb3832.png (0,04) *
zzb3833.png (0,04) *
zzb3834.png (0,04) *
zzb3835.png (0,04) *
zzb3836.png (0,04) *
zzb3837.png (0,04) *
zzb3838.png (0,04) *

Since the vast majority are 0.04 seconds, then when selecting all the frames, we give them a value of 0.04 to be able to modify the relatively few frames that have other speeds.

  • NOTE: As it was said before, in the animes the fps usually have a fairly regular pattern, you could even stumble with constant patterns of 8 or 12 fps, which greatly facilitates the work.

Part 2: Adjusting the speed

# Image (central click to enlarge) Description
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We modify the speed of each frame as appropriate (we have already explained it). This in practice can be seen by quickly looking at the name of each layer (because they inherit the name of the file) and we compare it with the layer below (which is the one that follows it).

The explanation given above is to understand what the values are for 0.04 sec, 0.08 sec and 0.12 sec (which are the most used, according to my own experience).

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Once the animation is complete, Photoshop has a special method for saving animated GIFs.


  • Go to File->Export->Save for Web (Legacy)...; or simply press Alt+Shift+Ctrl+S.
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A window will open.


  1. The button that is indicated will show us what the animation looks like, if you notice any anomaly, close the window and fix the error. If the animation is good, we continue.
  2. In the parameters, we give you and the values that are shown in the image (you can modify them if you want the file to become smaller, but quality is lost). The parameters shown are those that provide the best image quality.
  3. We make sure that the file does not exceed 10 Megabytes!!! In the bottom left, we can see how much the file finally weighs. We noticed that almost almost exceeds 10 Megabytes, but that is not luck, but is a consequence (better said: a reward) for having eliminated the repeated frames.

Final result

Okay, it's nice to know that a beautiful animation is saved to be exposed on this wiki. And the best: its quality is maximum and optimal. We can contemplate it again and again!

Samples

# Image (central click to enlarge) Description
2 Reverse: This happens when you forget to reverse the order of the frames (step # 11). Unacceptable.

Although it can also serve as to transform the shrinking scenes into growth scenes (that is acceptable).

Gif Photoshop Tutorial Muestra 2.gif
3 No delay ("instant" change of frames), that is, "0 seconds" of frame rate change. Ridiculously fast, it is unacceptable. The speed varies according to the browser and according to the user's PC, that is, its speed is unstable.
Gif Photoshop Tutorial Muestra 3.gif
4 All frames are delayed by 0.04 seconds. The beginning is faster than normal, but what follows has its correct speed. Unacceptable.
Gif Photoshop Tutorial Muestra 4.gif
5 All frames are delayed by 0.08 seconds. The beginning has its correct speed, but what follows has its slowest speed. Unacceptable.
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6 All frames are delayed by 0.12 seconds. Everything in general is slower. Unacceptable.
Gif Photoshop Tutorial Muestra 6.gif

Frequent questions

What would happen if I did not delete the repeated frames?

You would have more frames and therefore the GIF would become heavier. It is easier to work, since its frame rate is 0.04 seconds (for all), but it makes the GIF file heavier. Therefore, it is better to prevent than to regret, that is, it is always good to eliminate repeated frames.

Do I have to check the frames one by one?

Yes, it is mandatory. But neglects, in general, anime series has "framerate" (rate of frames) regular, that is, sometimes its framerate is a constant of 8 fps (8 frames per second) or 12 fps, which facilitates the elimination of repeated frames since the pattern is well known.

Should I save animated GIFs at the highest possible resolution?

YES, because that way smaller resolutions can be obtained from there. Read the next question.

But this is not too big for a GIF? Can not I make it smaller?

From any image, Wikia can offer you smaller versions of that.

For example, if you want this image, whose resolution is 704x528, to have the resolution of 400x300, then do the following:

  1. Below the image there is an option that says "Size of this preview". Choose anyone, in my case, I chose 320x240.
  2. Look at the URL: https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/giantesses/images/5/5a/Gif_Photoshop_Tutorial_Muestra_1.gif/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/320?cb=20171220025750
  3. "scale-to-width-down/320" means that the image has a width of 320 (the height is proportional to this number, since it respects the geometric scale of the image). Change that number for the one you want.
  4. But if you want to change the size of the image based on the height, then change "wight" to "height" and the number will be the size of its height in pixels. For example, if you want your height to be 450, then the URL will be: https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/giantesses/images/5/5a/Gif_Photoshop_Tutorial_Muestra_1.gif/revision/latest/scale-to-height-down/450?cb=20171220025750

So you can use it as an avatar in a forum or publish it on other websites that do not tolerate animated GIFs with high resolutions like tumblr (maximum tolerated width: 500px).

Why is this process slow?

It's not slow! In fact it is the fastest and most efficient that there is in a way that guarantees quality. For those who are just learning, this is slow, but with practice and experience it is gaining speed.

Are there situations in which it is not necessary to animate?

The blinking or when a character "speaks". When it is said that it is not necessary, it is because you are not forbidden to do so.

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