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Chapter 8. Animation—Yes, You Can Do It! > Optimizing and Saving Animations

Optimizing and Saving Animations

Now we need to save your new animation. We can set the optimization for each frame as we did when we were slicing up images. But most of the time you don't need to do that. All you need to do is save the image and Photoshop will take care of it.

1.
With your image still open, from the top menu bar select Show>Optimize if it's not showing already.

2.
You can click on each frame of your animation in the Animation palette and set the optimization individually.

3.
Remember, only GIF images can be animated in a Web browser.

4.
For this exercise, let's ignore optimizing each frame separately. We're using the same images in our test.

5.
From the top menu bar select File>Save Optimized As.

6.
Give your new animation a name with a .gif suffix.

7.
Click “Save.”

8.
Find the new animation on your computer and drop it on a Web browser. You'll see how your new animation works.

9.
Congratulations! You just made your first animation.


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