Guide: Edit Your Animated Photoshop Template

Adobe Photoshop

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Photoshop is a well-known photo editor, however most people probably don't realise that it also includes some powerful video editing features, as well.

In this easy step-by-step guide you'll learn how to edit your animated Photoshop template using the Timeline panel to create a short-form video from static images.

Getting started

Before you start, download and install the fonts and have your images ready to go.

Open Photoshop

  1. Open Adobe Photoshop
  2. Open the template
  3. There are 3 different sizes to choose from, select the size that you require

Open Layers palette

  1. Make sure you have the Layers palette open, if not;
  2. Go to: WindowLayers

Add your images

  1. First we are going to add your images, to do so;
  2. Double-click on the thumbnail in the Layers palette to open the smart-object (see below)
  3. Photoshop will open a new .psb file (Image 1.psb)
  4. Place your image
  5. FilePlace Embedded / Place Linked
  6. Select your image > Place
  7. Click Tick in topbar / Enter / Return (to commit transform)
  8. File Save (to save the .psb file)
  9. File > Close (to close the .psb file)
  10. Repeat this process for the rest of the images, until you have added all your images.

Add your CTA (Call to Action)

  1. On the last layer (CTA) add your website url
  2. Double-click on the thumbnail to open the smart-object
  3. Edit the text to customise your message
  4. File > Save (to save the .psb file)
  5. File > Close (to close the .psb file)
  6. NOTE: This layer can be anything. It doesn't have to be a CTA. You can add another image here if you wish. In this template we've used a call to action.

Preview your video

  1. Once you have completed all your layers, you can now preview your video.
  2. Open Timeline panel
  3. Go to: WindowTimeline
  4. Click the Play button
  5. If you're happy with the preview you can move on to Exporting your file. If not, go back and edit your layers until you are happy with the outcome.

Exporting your video

Depending on what platform you intend to display your video, will require a different file format - GIF or MP4.

If your uploading to Facebook or Instagram you'll need a .MP4 file.

If your uploading to your website or email marketing platform (i.e. MailChimp), you'll probably require a .GIF file.

Creating MP4 file

  1. FileExportRender Video
  2. In the Render Video box (the default settings should be correct) however, double-check the following:
  3. Name: Name your file
  4. Select Folder: Choose the folder you wish to save your file to
  5. Preset: Choose the quality - High Quality / Medium Quality / Low Quality (if you find your file size is too large, try saving it as low quality to compress the file)
  6. Size: Make sure the size is correct (this should match your image size)
  7. Click > Render

Creating GIF file

There's a few ways to create a GIF file, this is the simplest option: 

  1. File Save a Copy (Latest version of Adobe CC)
  2. Save As: Name your file
  3. Format: Change the format to GIF
  4. Save
  5. The GIF Save Options box will popup
  6. Leave the default settings
  7. Click > OK

Another way to create a high-resolution animated GIF is: 

  1. File Export > Save for Web (Legacy)
  2. Change the format to: GIF
  3. Colours: 256 (so you have the most colours available)
  4. Looping Options: Forever
  5. Save

Upload your file

After you have exported your file to the required format, you can now upload your file to Facebook, Instagram or whatever platform you are using.

More Helpful Information

How to resize the Photoshop file

  1. If you need to change the image size:
  2. Image > Image Size
  3. Here you can edit the width and height
  4. Please note, they are linked. So to unlink, click on the chain icon
  5. OK

Understanding the Timeline Panel

A - Current time indicator
B -
Length of video / duration (6 seconds)
C -
Zoom In / Out
- All Layers

How to Close the Timeline Panel

  1. Click the hamburger menu on the top right-hand corner of the Timeline Panel
  2. Click Close
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