If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a GIF must be worth a lot more. GIFs (pronounced “jif”) are fun, humorous ways for people to express joy, anger, and love while also showing off their pop culture knowledge.

Perhaps you’ve scoured the internet, looking for that perfect GIF but always came up short. You have the image in your head, and you’re just wondering if someone has already created and shared it. If that perfect GIF doesn’t exist, don’t worry.

Learning how to make a GIF in Photoshop is fairly easy and straightforward. Even if you don’t use Photoshop that often, there’s no need to stress out about it. So continue reading and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know!

How to Make a GIF in Photoshop

Before you get into how to make a GIF, you’re first going to need a group of images. You can either screengrab frames from a video online or set up your own stop-motion photoshoot in order to get the perfect frames.

After you’ve got your images ready to go, get your computer and open up the latest version of Adobe Photoshop.

First, go to “Window.” This tab is on the main task bar.

Click on “Timeline.” When this is selected, a checkmark is going to show up on the left-hand side.

Then, click on “File.” From that same upper task bar, scroll down to “Scripts.”

Choose “Load Files into Stack…” Another window will then come up, titled “Load Layers.” Click on “Browse…”

You’ll want to choose your images. As we already mentioned, you should have multiple images in order for this to work.

In order to select more than one image, hold down the “Shift” key. Then, click “Open.”

If you took the photos on your own but didn’t use a tripod, then you can select “Attempt to Automatically Align Source Images.” Do this before you click “OK” in order to exit “Load Layers.”

The application will then start the process of making a layer for each image that you uploaded. You can find these layers in the Layers panel in the bottom right corner.

Adding Layers to the Timeline

Now, it’s time to add these newly made Layers into your “Timeline” panel, at the bottom. Begin by selecting “Create Frame Animation.”

This can be found in the middle of the Timeline panel. One of your frames is going to show up inside of the panel.

After you do that, you’re going to expand what’s referred to as the “flyout menu” of the Timeline panel. The menu is made up of four horizontal lines. You’re going to find it in the top right of the panel.

Click on the menu and choose “Make Frames From Layers.” All of the layers that you uploaded are now going to show up inside of the Timeline panel.

At this stage in the process, your layers are now going to be referred to as frames. You want to make sure that your frames are in the order that you want them to be in when the GIF is run. Simply drag and drop the frames in the desired arrangement.

Once you’re satisfied with the order that the frames are in, you want to select all of the frames. You can do this by holding down the shift key and tapping the last and the first frames.

Now that all of the frames have been selected, you can go to any frame and click on the v-shaped icon at the bottom. Here, you’ll see “0 sec” on its left side. Select 0.1 seconds from the menu.

If you want to have a longer pause for each frame of your GIF as it runs, then you want to pick an amount of time that’s greater than 0.1 seconds.

Looping

If you want, you can set the looping cycle of your GIF to “Forever.” You can also limit the GIF to play only a certain number of times. You will see these different options just underneath the frames in the bottom toolbar.

It’s finally time for you to preview your GIF. You should see the words “Plays animation” pop up when you toggle the cursor over the play button in the bottom toolbar. When you’re satisfied with how your GIF appears, go ahead and save it.

You can save the GIF by clicking “File” in the top menu bar. Then, click “Export” from the pop-up menu, and then click “Save for Web (Legacy).”

If you need to, you can resize the GIF. Then, just click “Saveโ€ฆ” and name your GIF. Then, click “Save” again.

Size

You might have to resize your GIF in order to make sure that it’s compatible across various platforms. A max of 500 pixels for width and height is usually a good size.

The Importance of Knowing How to Make a GIF in Photoshop

GIFs can be a lot of fun. And their growing popularity and importance are obvious, as Apple and Android both give you the option to use them in their text apps. But when you can’t find a GIF that truly expresses what you want to say, it’s good to know how to make a GIF in Photoshop.

And even if you can’t find a good video to use in your GIF, you can always just take the GIF photos on your own!

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All start-ups and small businesses have heard that the cloud is everywhere and can transform your business. But what is it and what can it do? Cloud-IT specialists Principal have the answers.

Confusingly, the cloud is used by providers, software sellers and businesses who want your money as a catch-all term for a variety of things. It can become quite complicated, but it doesn’t need to be.

The cloud is basically an on-demand storage or software resource that you can access immediately through the internet.

Tech giant IBM offers a handy definition of the various different types of cloud applications which is a good place to start. It’s likely that after reading that you’ll have more questions than you started with. To help, here are 5 simple steps to getting started in the cloud.

1. Pick your cloud

The first thing to clarify is, like the sky above, there isn’t one cloud – there are infinite numbers of potential clouds. As a business, you need to configure one that works for you.

As a small business you will want to focus on how the cloud can benefit you. For most, that’s likely to be moving certain data and applications to the cloud.

The first step is to analyse your data centre usage. This audit can identify your current software and storage requirements, enabling you to identify areas that could be better served in the cloud.

It’s important to recognise that to work any proposed move needs to improve efficiency and be cost-effective.

The bottom line is, if it won’t save you time or money, then think again.

2. Solid security

The cloud is as secure – if not more secure – than your own proprietary network, but you still need to be cautious.

Once you’ve identified the information and software you’d like to be hosted by the cloud then take the time to assess what this means for security.

The Data Protection Act and European Data Protection Regulation all have implications for how you manage and store data, and how you select your partners too – more on that below.

3. Simple strategy

Once you’ve done the groundwork, you can begin straight away. Microsoft, Adobe, SAP are just a couple of the huge names who have moved to providing software via the cloud. Dropbox is a leading name in cloud storage, but isn’t the only one.  All you need to do to get started in the cloud is get your credit card out and sign up.

If you do though, you could be making a mistake. According to tech bible ZDNet, what most cloud projects miss is a strategy – and we agree.

A solid cloud computing solution needs structure. This will help create a system that works for the organisation and your customer. It is also built with the future in mind, growing and developing as your business does.

4. Cloud culture

Your implementation strategy is important. Equally important is how your organisation embraces the cloud. It’s all about culture.

The cloud offers freedom to access information, work collaboratively, remotely and at all times of the day. But it comes with some new risks. These are particularly important to recognise as employees increasingly use their own devices for work.

Businesses need to develop working practices and approaches that are fit for the new world of the cloud. You’ll need to introduce new staff guidelines for document sharing and storage to help you and your employees work in a new way.

5. Provider or partner

If you’re tech minded it’s relatively easy to set-up a personal cloud, but you need to explore whether it’s the right approach for you.

Focusing solely on individual providers can leave you with a fragmented cloud system, with complex and inefficient interdependencies between different pieces of software from different providers.

In the end, you could end up paying for a system that far more complicated than the one it replaced.

One way of avoiding this is working with a partner who can help you configure a cloud solution that works for you. They can also take care of some of the security and access issues, helping you devise a strategy for success.

A successful transition to the cloud needs some thought and some planning, but genuinely does have the power to transform the way you work – increasing productivity, efficiency and profit.

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