7 Replies Latest reply on May 20, 2013 2:47 PM by conroy

    How do you insert an animated GIF into a PSD and preserve animation?

    daffodilian

      Hi all,

       

      I have an animated GIF that I'd like to insert into a regular PSD file that I'm using as the background. The GIF is a foreground object. Another way to phrase my task is that I'm trying to add a static background to an animated GIF. How should I do this in order to  preserve the animation?

       

      What I've tried to do is insert the animated GIF into a smart object in the PSD file but I can't get it to preserve the animation, even after making sure all the frames are copied.

       

      Cheers,

      Daffy

        • 1. Re: How do you insert an animated GIF into a PSD and preserve animation?
          Level 5

          My guess is you're going to have to place a copy of your PSD behind evey single frame of your animated GIF and blend the two layers for each frame, or use a proper video or animation application instead of Photoshop.

           

          Don't take my post seriously because I don't really have a clue , I'm just marking the thread.  I'll be checking here to see what progress you make. 

          • 2. Re: How do you insert an animated GIF into a PSD and preserve animation?
            conroy Level 5

            You don't say which version of Ps. Here's a way to do it in CS6:

             

            Open the animated GIF into Photoshop. You'll have a document with one layer per frame. Place/paste/drag the desired background image, move it to the bottom of the stack and if it's bigger than the GIF then do Image > Reveal All. Optionally convert it to an actual Background layer. Ensure the bottom layer is still targeted then, in the Timeline (animation) panel's menu, pick Match Layers Across Frames and click OK. Now the bottom layer will be displayed behind each frame.

             

            Edit: There is an option named "New Layers Visible in All Frames" in the Timeline panel. If that's enabled before you put the background into the animation document then the background will be automatically made to appear behind each frame.

            • 3. Re: How do you insert an animated GIF into a PSD and preserve animation?
              daffodilian Level 1

              Conroy - thank you for your detailed instructions. I tried following along but I don't get either of the options - "Match Layers Across Frames" or "New Layers Visible In All Frames" - when I look at the Timeline menu. 

               

              I should probably add that the GIF I'm trying to insert is not one that I created with CS6, but rather one that I created from an imported .mov file, so there aren't any layers - each frame is flattened.

               

              Is there still a way I can add a static background image? There are hundreds of layers so duplicating the background across them all would be infeasible.

              • 4. Re: How do you insert an animated GIF into a PSD and preserve animation?
                conroy Level 5

                You should have one layer per frame of the animation regardless of where the GIF was created.

                 

                Are you opening the GIF, as I instructed, or are you using Place command or dragging it into an already open document?

                 

                 

                 

                • 5. Re: How do you insert an animated GIF into a PSD and preserve animation?
                  daffodilian Level 1

                  I mentioned I have Timeline which means I have CS6

                   

                  I actually figured out how to add a static background layer to an animated GIF, but this is probably not the optimal method. I just place the image I want and then go to Layer --> Create Background From Layer and then it gets applied across all the other frames.

                   

                  I did open the GIF as you instructed and then pasted the static image in as you instructed, but the options you said to select didn't appear in the Timeline menu. Any idea why?

                   

                  Finally, I have another similar problem that you might know how to solve given your depth of Photoshop knowledge: I'm trying to do the same thing - i.e. put a static image behind an animated GIF - except that the GIF in question is in a Smart Object that I transform and place into a master PSD. More specifically, I have flat UI screens for an app design that I transform into a perpective view to overlay over a photo of an iPhone. For whatever reason, in the master document, I only get the first frame of the animation, not the full GIF. Any thoughts on how to do this?

                  • 6. Re: How do you insert an animated GIF into a PSD and preserve animation?
                    JJMack Most Valuable Participant

                    daffodilian wrote:

                     

                    I should probably add that the GIF I'm trying to insert is not one that I created with CS6, but rather one that I created from an imported .mov file, so there aren't any layers - each frame is flattened.

                    You can drop a .mov on to CS6 or open a .mov file trim it and make frames. You can also import a .mov import Video Frames to Layers.  So you can get or make frame layers.  However these layer as far as I know will not have any transparency they will be 100% opaque.  You may be able to blend a layer into these frames, or partly overlay the frames or add a layer mask to the Frames to alow a lower frame layer show. 

                     

                    You also seem to be going at it backwards in you mine trying to insert and animated gif into a psd.   And Animation document can be saved as a psd to preserve your work.  However web browsers do not support PSD animation files.   What you seem to be wanting to do is to insert a layer into all frames in an animation.  An animation can be saved as an animated gif, I believe a sequences of image files and rendered as a video.

                     

                    So I believe you want to be working in the timeline palette in frame animation mode.... You may also be able to blend a layer into a video. I have only played a little with CS6 video

                     

                    Message was edited by: JJMack

                    • 7. Re: How do you insert an animated GIF into a PSD and preserve animation?
                      conroy Level 5

                      daffodilian wrote:

                       

                      I mentioned I have Timeline which means I have CS6

                       

                      Yep, I noticed and deleted my sentence about you still not stating which version of Ps.

                       

                       

                      I actually figured out how to add a static background layer to an animated GIF, but this is probably not the optimal method. I just place the image I want and then go to Layer --> Create Background From Layer and then it gets applied across all the other frames.

                       

                       

                      That's as good a way as any and will work when the Timeline is in Frame Animation mode if the option "New Layers Visible in All Frames" is enabled. I'm now suspecting that you have the Timeline in Video mode, though, because...

                       

                      I did open the GIF as you instructed and then pasted the static image in as you instructed, but the options you said to select didn't appear in the Timeline menu. Any idea why?

                       

                       

                      The menu items I mentioned should be in the Timeline panel menu if the Timeline is in Frame Animation mode, as it should be when a GIF has been opened.

                       

                      If the Timeline is in Video mode, such as when a video file has been opened, then the panel menu is different and doesn't contain the items I mentioned.

                       

                      Were you opening an actual GIF, i.e. a file with .gif extension, or a video file which you've been referring to as a GIF for some reason?