Turn Photos into Animated GIFs with Photoshop Actions

Adding an element of animation can bring your images to life. See how you can turn your photos into GIFs with Photoshop Actions.

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Posted 27 Mar 2017

Adding an element of animation can grab the attention of your readers and bring your images to life. But did you know that you can achieve that effect without video? With Photoshop Actions, you can easily transform an ordinary photo into something fresh and new.

We've seen this effect in the news and in popular culture; for example, watch how adding some movement to the image enhances the overall effect for TIME Magazine, which recently transformed their 'Nothing to See Here' cover into a powerful animation to convey the chaos of the Trump administration.

And how the moving pictures in Harry Potter adds to the magic of the movie:

These captivating living photos are calledcinemagraphs. Cinemagraphs are still photographs with small repeated movements that loop endlessly to create the illusion that you're watching a video. See these examples, from Hongkiat:

(Image source: From Me To You)
(Image source: From Me To You)

Below are Photoshop actions you can use to add an element of animation to your images:

Weather Effects

Add a weather effect to your photo to transport your audience. Add rain, fog or snow to create the perfect storm or winter scene.

Sparkle Effects

Infuse light into your work and liven up your images with the below lighting and motion effects.

Add Movement

Social Media Movies

Create animated works of art and share your videos on Instagram with these powerful tools!

The Animated Parallax Tool Kit offers animated text, weather effects and sharpening and blur effects to bring your image to life.

Create vintage Instagram videos and animated GIFs with this Photoshop action.

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