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Chapter 19. Designing for the Web > Modifying an Animated GIF File

Modifying an Animated GIF File

Modifying an animated GIF file is as easy as remembering that each one of the frames in the animation is stored as a separate layer in the Layers palette. Once you figure that out, it's a simple matter of selecting the layer you want to modify, and make the changes. You can even add or delete layers, it's simple when you work through the Layers palette. Since Photoshop has more editing tools to work with, you can jump back and forth between ImageReady and Photoshop.

Modify an Animated GIF File

Open an animated GIF file in ImageReady.

Open the Animation and Layers palettes.

Click the 2-Up palette, and then select the original image (you can not modify an optimized image).

Use the Layers palette to select the layer (animation frame) you want to modify.

Use any of the options available to add to the layers—layer masks, layer styles, opacity, and blending modes.

Click the Edit In Photoshop Jump button on the toolbox to modify the image using Photoshop's vast array of editing tools.

When you're done in Photoshop, click the Edit In Image Ready Jump button.

Click the File menu, and then click Save Optimized.

Your animation changes have been saved.


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