How to create a gif from your product images in 8 easy steps

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Learn to present your products using GIF animations with this foolproof tutorial.

Creating videos can be a tedious and lengthy project, but there are other ways to present a product in a moving frame. One way to do this is by creating -Graphic -Interchange Format -(GIF) files in Adobe -Photoshop or a similar program. A -GIF is a compressed file that combines multiple frames together into a short animation sequence. In product photography -GIFs are ideal for presentation. of your products -move from angle to angle and -improve the visual experience of your customers significantly. In addition, publishing -GIFs viaSocial Media and other advertising platforms can help reach even more customers.

Follow the few steps below to create your own -GIF files and showcase your products in a fresh, new way. Let’s get started!

1. Create a new file folder.

Next, select all the images you want to have in your GIF animation and then add them to the GIF folder.

Here we have gathered the eight images we will use in our GIF file in a folder

For this tutorial we are going to create a -GIF with eight product images of a women’s shoe, that’s why we included these eight images in the folder. When these photos are combined, they will show a 360-degree rotation of the shoe. We recommend this for your own -GIF images too. If you want to get ideas on what the best angles are to photograph shoes, check out our ultimate guide to maximizing your shoe product listings.

2. Open your files in Photoshop.

To do this, choose File> Scripts> Load Files into Stack. A pop-up window will appear where you select the GIF folder you created in step one. Click Browse, to select and open the images, then click on OK. Photoshop will create a new file with all your images layered on top of each other.

This is the window you see when you open files.

This is how your stacked file should look like

3. Arrange the layer files in Photoshop.

The newly created layers should be sorted in numerical order according to the file names you assigned to each photo after retouching. However, if your images don’t appear in that order, you’ll need to rearrange the layers; to do this, click and drag each image to the right place so that your product ends up spinning clockwise.

Examine each of the layers and make sure your photos are all aligned so that when the -GIF animation changes from image to image, your product doesn’t jump back and forth.

4. Creating the frames in the Animation palette.

Select Window> Animation (or Window> Timeline depending on your version of Photoshop) to open the Animation palette and to create the animation window at the bottom of the screen.

Here is the animation window in frame mode. The dropdown menu and frame window opposite the timeline icon are circled in red.

Click on the top right of the -dropdown menu and select Make Frames From Layers. At this point it would also be advisable to make sure that you are in the image view instead of the timeline view. You do that by clicking on the lower right icon. Depending on the order of the images you see, and the order in which you want the images to appear in your -GIF, you may need to use Reserve Frames apply using the drop-down menu in the upper right corner.

5. Change the duration of individual frames.

In the -dropdown menu at the top click on Select All Frames. To set the duration of time on all frames, go to the bottom of one of the frames, and click on the -dropdown arrow to select the programmed time speeds for the frames, or if you want a different one, then click on Others, to adjust the image speed.

The drop-down menus to change the duration and length of the animation are circled i.

Each frame can be changed individually, so if you want one frame to appear longer than the others, just set it for a longer duration. If not, choose the same duration for each frame so that your product ‘rotates’ seamlessly from frame to frame.

6. Set the number of loops the GIF will play.

Under the first frame of the -Animation-Frame palette at the bottom left, you can also specify how many times your -GIF "loop" should play when viewed. We recommend choosing continuous animation, i.e. ‘loop’, so that your customers can admire the product for as long as they like.

7. Saving the GIF.

Now that you have all your images set in the correct order and duration you want them to appear, you should save your new animation. To save a -GIF file, select the File> Save For Web& Devices.

Here is the Save for Web& Devices menu. Be sure to check all settings!

Make sure all settings are -in Save -For Web& -Devices screen are set to your preferences and then click on Save, to select the -GIF folder you originally created in step one.

8. Testing the GIF.

Now that you’ve created and saved your -GIF file, try it out by dragging the file directly into your Internet browser or right-clicking on the image file and selecting Open With> and then select the Internet browser of your choice.

Here is the finished GIF image of our ladies shoe. Looks good!

When the animation plays, you have done everything right. Enjoy your new GIF!

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