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.

Portrait for EnvatoBy Envato  |  Updated December 7, 2020

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:

Harry Potter's newspaper image

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:

Captivating living Photos with minimal animation - Spinning globe
(Image source: From Me To You)
Captivating living Photos with minimal animation - skirt moving in the wind
(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.

Weather effects Animated rain
Weather effects Animated fog
Weather effects Animated snow

Sparkle Effects

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

Sparkle Effects animated twinkle
animated Sparkle Effects
Sparkle Effects animated circles
Sparkle Effects animated circles

Add Movement

add Movement Animated Shatter Action
add Movement with double exposure
add Movement with animated lines

Social Media Movies

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

social media movies Animated Parallax Tool Kit

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

social media movies Animated Vintage Poster Action

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

social media movies Animated Image Photoshop Action
social media movies Animated Smoke Photoshop Action
social media movies Animated Particle Explosion Photoshop Action

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