Creating animations usually involves working with numerous frames to produce movement and effects. Editing individual frames in a lengthy animation can be cumbersome. Photoshop simplifies the process by letting you select multiple frames and edit them simultaneously. Selected frames do not have to run in sequence -- you can select various frames throughout the animation. A blue border identifies the selected frames, and any changes you make will only affect those points in the animation.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Click "File" and "Open." Select the file that contains your animation and then click "Open."
Click "Window" and then "Animation" to open the "Animation panel." If you are using the "Extended" version of Photoshop, verify that the panel is set to "Frame Mode" by looking at the panel's tab. Click the icon located at the bottom-right corner of the panel to change its mode, if necessary.
Click a frame to select it.
Hold down the "Shift" key and click another frame to select all the contiguous frames, or hold down the "Ctrl" key to select multiple random frames.
Adjust the animation using the layers panel, and Photoshop will update all of the selected frames.
Tips and warnings
- Press the "Ctrl" key and click individual frames to deselect them.
- Select all frames by clicking the menu icon in the top-right corner of the panel and choosing "Select All Frames."
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