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How to Animate a Picture With Adobe Photoshop

    • 1). Open Adobe Photoshop. Click "File" from the top navigation menu and click "Open..." from the drop-down list. Click the picture you wish to animate. Press and hold the "Ctrl" key on your keyboard and click the other pictures you will be using in your animation. Release the "Ctrl" key and press the "Open" button in the top right of the window.

    • 2). Click the view bar of the first image in your animation. Click "Window" in the top navigation menu and select "Animation" from the drop-down list to open the animation window. A new animation window will appear at the bottom of the Photoshop workspace. Click the downward arrow at the upper right portion of the animation window and click "New Frame" from the drop-down list.

    • 3). Click on the top view bar of the next image of the picture that you wish to add to the animation. This will be the next image added to your animated picture. Press the "V" key on your keyboard to activate the move tool. Click and hold the image and drag the image on top of the original image. Release the mouse button. Click and move the new layer so that it is placed directly on top of the second layer.

    • 4). Create a new frame and click and drag your third image into the animation. Continue creating new frames and dragging your images onto the original image to compile your animation. Press the forward arrow "Play" button to view your animation after inserting every five frames. Click on the frame and press the trash can icon at the bottom of the animation window to delete any unnecessary or duplicate frames.

    • 5). Click "File" at the top of the navigation menu and select "Save For Web & Devices..." from the drop-down list. Click "Save" on the resulting window. Type "animated_picture" in the "File name" field and click the "Save" button to save your animation as a GIF. Click "File" and click "Save As..." from the drop-down list. Type "animation_source" in the "File name" field and click the "Save" button to save your animation as a PSD so that you can edit it later.

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