Article B6: Write a Tutorial: Making an Animated Logo Gif

Making a GIF on Photoshop sounds likes something you cant do, but you definitely can. I will show you that it is as simple as counting from one to ten. You are going to have to get your base though so you can actually get started, perhaps you can make it in Illustrator or get it from screen shots from a different program or what have you. So boot up Photoshop and get started on this fun project, this could be very useful for anything you want to do in the future. So lets get to the first step.

Step One; Make your subject

First you get your subject for your logo whether you make it in illustrator, or just get something else from your computer, you can use it to make this GIF. Make sure you have a reference for your logo, like so…..

This is required if you want to have a logo. So any way, on to step two.

Step 2 Import into Photoshop

Putting in your image into Photoshop is quite simple, all you have to do is drag the project from the illustrator program and then plop it into Photoshop and then start to animate it. I suggest you have different animation frames in illustrator before you begin. This next step is the most important.

Step 3; Animate

To begin the animation all you have to do is open the Window tab and then you select the Timeline tab. Select the layers that you want to use and drag them into the timeline, they will be the frames of animation. The purple bar represents how many seconds the frame will appear for. Test your animation over and over again until you are satisfied with it, you will know when that will be. Now for the final step.

Step 4; Export as a GIF

To finish your GIF so you can share with anyone you want, all you have do is hover over the File tab and look for another tab called export, and then you must go to Save for Web (Legacy) When you get there, you change the file type to a GIF format. Make sure everything is in order and your sure that it works, press the save button and put in whatever file you want. Then you are done! You just made a GIF in Photoshop, pat yourself on the back why don’t you? Anytime you forget this, come back to this tutorial, you can thank me later.