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10 Best Photo Animation Effects (Photoshop Actions) to Make Quick GIFs

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Making animated GIFs 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.

1. Gif Glitch Animated Photoshop Action

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

2. Hacking Animation Photoshop Action

A pattern, brush and action set, Hacking Animation 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 

4. Dimension Animated Photoshop Template

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

5. Animated Double Exposure Action

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

6. Fire Animation Photoshop Action Version 2

Beautifully animated and realistic, the Fire Animation Photoshop Action 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

7. Animated Snow Photoshop Action

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

8. Sparklers Animation 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

9. Ink Scribbles 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

10. Glitch effect with GIF animation

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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