WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE GIF?

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Your an­i­ma­tion doesn’t have to be tied to GIF. Head down the “File” menu, and you’ll find “Ren­der Video” nes­tled un­der “Ex­port.” This en­ables you to save as an MPEG4 video file, and there are a few op­tions to lower the file size, in­clud­ing chang­ing the res­o­lu­tion. One ben­e­fit of video is that it avoids the 256-color limit baked into GIF.

Al­ter­na­tively, there are ex­ten­sions to other im­age for­mats that can help, if you can find a way to ex­port to them, be­cause they’re not di­rectly sup­ported in Pho­to­shop. APNG and MNG are for­mats re­lated to PNG, and sup­port mul­ti­ple still im­ages as frames, in the same way as GIF, but don’t have many of its lim­i­ta­tions. Gimp can ex­port to MNG na­tively, and APNG with a plugin. Then there’s Google’s WebP for­mat, which aims to pro­vide smaller files than PNG, and is an open stan­dard— there’s a Pho­to­shop plugin. The prob­lem with these new for­mats is that they’re not uni­ver­sally sup­ported, although re­cent ver­sions of ma­jor browsers shouldn’t have a prob­lem.

Fi­nally, things such as HTML5 Video or the dreaded Flash can dis­play an­i­ma­tions, and can be coded di­rectly into web­sites. These have bet­ter sup­port, but ex­port­ing from Pho­to­shop can be trick­ier.

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