How to make a simple animation from still images or photos

Do you have still images or photographs that you want to turn into interesting video? Read further. I will explain two ways to do it. One is longer and more demanding, one is shorter and very easy.

I will start with a longer and harder version 🙂.

Here’s an example of an animated GIF I made and you can try using this tutorial.

I will explain the longer version first, where I used Photoshop and this way you can either create a video or GIF.

Step 1: Upload your images to Photoshop.

Open Photoshop and click File > Scripts > Load Files Into Stack.

Then, select Browse, and choose which files you’d like to use in your video/GIF. Then, click OK.

Photoshop will then create a separate layer for each image you’ve selected. Once you’ve done that, skip to step two.

Step 2: Open up the Timeline window.

To open Timeline, go to the top navigation, choose Window > Timeline. The Timeline will let you turn different layers on and off for different periods of time, thereby turning your static image into a GIF.

The Timeline window will appear at the bottom of your screen. Here’s what it looks like:

Step 3: In the Timeline window, click “Create Frame Animation.”

If it’s not automatically selected, choose it from the dropdown menu – but then be sure to actually click it, otherwise the frame animation options won’t show up.

Now, your Timeline should look something like this:

Step 4: Makes Frames From layers.

Click the menu icon on the right of the Timeline screen and choose Make Frames From Layers.

This will make each layer a frame of your video/GIF.

Step 6: Under each frame, select how long it should appear for before switching to the next frame.

To do this, click the time below each frame and choose how long you’d like it to appear. In my case, I chose 0.5 seconds per frame.

Step 7: At the bottom of the toolbar, select how many times you’d like it to loop.

The default will say Once, but you can loop it as many times as you want, including Forever. Click Other if you’d like to specify a custom number of repetitions.

Step 8: Preview your GIF by pressing the play icon.

Step 9: Save and Export Your Video/GIF

Satisfied with your Video/GIF? If you want to save as a GIF, than go to the top navigation bar and clicking File > ExportSave for Web (Legacy)…

Next, choose the type of GIF file you’d like to save it as under the Preset dropdown. If you have a GIF with gradients, choose Dithered GIFs to prevent colour banding. If your image employs a lot of solid colours, you may opt for no dither.

The number next to the GIF file determines how large (and how precise) the GIF colours will be compared to the original JPEGs or PNGs.

Click Save at the bottom to save the file to your computer. Now you’re ready to upload this GIF to use in your marketing!

Step 10: Save your creation as a Video

Save it to use it as a video by going to the top navigation bar and clicking File > ExportRender Video.

Here’s what the final product might look like:

If you don’t use Photoshop, there is another way to do it. I use apps like Splice or InShot. But with these two app you can only save it as a video and not GIF. But if you use an app like Video to GIF – GIF Maker, that will turn your video to GIF.

If you use Splice, than follow these steps:

1. Open the app and press on the + at the top right corner.

2. Choose from your photos collection which photos you want to upload.

3. Pick the ones you need for the video.

4. You can add Audio if you want.

5. Apply the project settings as you want.

6. Press play to preview the video and than click on the top right corner to export your video.

7. Save or share on social media.

If you want to use InShot, than follow these steps:

1. Open the app and press on the video.

2. Press new.

3. Select you photo.

4. The photo you have selected will show first. Than you can add other photos by pressing + button in the left bottom corner. You have to add them one by one.

5. You can adjust the setting by pressing the photos.

6. Play your video.

7. Save it or share on social media.

On social feeds, animated GIFs and videos can be a great way to stand out in a crowded feed.

Happy creating!