Photoshop: Animated GIFs


Jan 31st,

8:30am — 11:30am

Location: Steinberg 006

About The Workshop

The workshop will focus on creating animated Gifs in Photoshop. These will be short looping animations made from self-generated or found content. Frame and timeline animation techniques will be covered as well as the correct file export setting. Students
will have access to Wacom tablets for image manipulation or to illustrate their own content. Layers and adjustment layers will be introduced in the context of animation.

Cross Disciplinary Connections

Animated content is used prominently throughout digital platforms and social media. Learning how to design motion for an illustration, text or photo will benefit students’ design practice and broaden possibilities within their work.


Students will produce a short under 5 second Gif animation that is ready for web upload. Students are welcome to work in any visual style.

Resources for Continued Investigation

For further questions about animating in Adobe Photoshop, working with Wacom tablets, or learning different work-flows you can email me at For further inquiry into illustration practice contact Shreyas R Krishnan, Doug Dowd, John
Hendrix and Jeff Pike. For inquiry into 3D animation contact Tim Portlock and Jon Navy.

Next Steps

Look at the animated work Phantom Limb from illustrator Alex Grigg:

This is a great example of what is possible when animating in Photoshop.

He also has great in-depth tutorials about his animation techniques:

You can also explore motion design in After Effects, there are several LinkedIn learning tutorials that introduce the program.


  • Tom Moore

    Tom Moore is an illustrator based in St. Louis. He graduated with an MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in 2015 and has since worked a variety of editorial, video, and packaging illustration projects. His clients include The Boston Globe, Bleacher Report, The New Republic, Politico Europe, and The Saint Louis Brewery - Schlafly. His work has been featured in the Society of Illustrators - Los Angeles and American Illustration annuals. In fall 2019 he started working as the instructional technology specialist for the Communication Design program at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art.


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