10 Best Photo Animation Effects to Make Quick GIFs | How To

Making animated is a great way to add some interest and something a bit different to your photographs, and let's face it… it's fun too! Here are ten of our favourite Photoshop actions to create cool, animated GIFs, from the talented folks over at Envato Elements.

Gif Glitch Animated Photoshop Action is designed to help you
create a funky glitch GIF quickly and easily. Just pop your photograph in the
smart object, export to save for web and you'll have your GIF!

Gif Glitch Animated Photoshop Action
Gif Glitch Animated Photoshop Action

A pattern, brush and action set, Hacking for
Photoshop creates a very cool, futuristic, computerised effect.

Hacking Animation Photoshop Action
Hacking Animation Photoshop Action

3. Ephemera Animation Photoshop Action 

Captivating and ethereal, Ephemera for Photoshop creates an
animated GIF with gorgeous swirls of smoke and gentle, pastel colours. Create
something truly breath-taking with this action.

Ephemera Animation Photoshop Action
Ephemera Animation Photoshop Action 

For use as a static image or a looping, animated GIF,
Dimension is easy to use: just paste your photograph into the smart object. The
effect creates diagonal lines and a spot of glow/lens flare.

Dimension Animated Photoshop Template
Dimension Animated Photoshop Template

Double exposure effects are always visually interesting, but
add in some animation and you've got something really unique. Use images and
videos, and blend them to create the Animated Double Exposure effect – you can change
the colours, effects and light leaks, for full control.

Animated Double Exposure Action
Animated Double Exposure Action

Beautifully animated and realistic, the Fire Animation Photoshop
will help you create something really special. When your photograph just
isn't punchy enough to get attention, set it on fire.

Fire Animation Photoshop Action version 2
Fire Animation Photoshop Action version 2

From fire to ice… sort of. Animated Snow Photoshop Action
will give you chills with six looped video files, each with snow blowing in a
different direction. There are five fog brushes includes and ten colour options.

Animated Snow Photoshop Action
Animated Snow Photoshop Action

The joy of playing with sparklers doesn't end when you hit
adulthood. If you can't con your mum into writing a rude word with her sparkler
while you take a long exposure, then why not create a cute GIF instead. It's
almost as fun.

Sparklers Animation Photoshop Action
Sparklers Animation Photoshop Action

Create something fun and messy with the Ink Scribbles
Animation Photoshop Action
. With sketchy outlines and paint splatter effects, just
paint over your still image and run.

Ink Scribbles Animation Photoshop Action

We'll end how we began, with another glitch effect; eight in fact,
as this download comes with plenty of options. The layers are fully editable so
you can customise your result to suit, and there are two PSDs included, one for
portrait and one for landscape.

Glitch effect with GIF animation
Glitch effect with GIF animation

Each asset here is
from Envato
Elements, where you can download
unlimited resources for a monthly subscription.

Tuts+ Tips for GIFs

  • Keep your GIF eye-catching!
  • Keep your colours to a minimum to help keep file sizes down.
  • If you're still struggling with file size, drop some frames and add some blur to hide any jerky glitches, unless they're intentional of course.

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