Over the past couple of years quite a few people have asked me how to make an animated gif, as I LOVE a good old animated gif, and make them loads to document my creative work.
Here I will lead you through making an animated gif from photos with photoshop, but you can use the same method to animate any kind of image, and also use free online tools like Gimp instead of photoshop. I use CS4 here, but it is practically the same as earlier/later photoshop versions.
It should take about 10mins or less to make a short animation once you get the hang of it.
"Why not use an app?" I hear you cry!
I've tried a few auto gif making apps, and they are all very basic -and you don't have the control you do if you use photoshop or similar.
Name and order the sequence of photos you want to animate, and place in a folder. (staying organized from the start helps you make a gif in minutes!)