How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial we’ll create an animated glitch template in Adobe Photoshop which can be used with any image.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

I’ve created the animation forRetrowave 8 Bit Templatethe same way for my GraphicRiver portfolio.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Tutorial Assets

  • Any photo you want to use for this manipulation. You can find some free photos onUnsplashandPixabayor buy high-quality photos onPhotoDune. I chosethis photofrom Unsplash.

1.How to Prepare the Document

Step 1

PressControl-N to create a new document and use the following settings: 500 x 500 px; 300 dpi.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Go toFile>Placeand put your image inside the document.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Resize your image to fill the canvas of the document and click Enter.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Right Clickon your image layer and selectRasterize Layer.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

PressM andthen select the square area of your document.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

To crop our image,Right Click on your selection and select Layer Via Cut.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Select your empty layer and click on theDelete Icon in the bottom right corner of the Layers panel.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

Double Click on your new layer name and change it to “Placeholder”.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 9

Right Clickon the layer and then selectConvert to Smart Object.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

2.How to Create Frames and Animation Elements

Step 1

Now we need to create frames for our future animation. Create seven duplicates of your smart object usingRight Click>Duplicate.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Rename the duplicates of the layer to a frame sequence.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Make all layers Invisible except the second.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Select your second frame, clickControl-T, and then click on theWarp icon.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Pull out the points of the warp grid to different sides to make your image look stretched.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Make the next layer Visible and stretch it using theWarp Tool in the same way.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Stretch out the next layer a bit using the Warp Tool.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

Select the next layer, clickControl-T, and then go to Edit > Transform > Distort.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 9

While holding Shift, move theupper right point to -2°and the bottom right point to 2°,and click Enter.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 10

Double Click on the same layer and thenUncheckthe GreenandBluechannels.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 11

Select the next layer. Use theTransform Tool in Distort Mode to move the upper left point2° to the leftand the bottom right point2° to the left, and clickEnter.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 12

Double Clickon the layer and thenUnchecktheRedandBluechannels.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 13

Select our last layer and change the Blending Mode to Hard Mix.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 14

Now we need to create the TV lines texture. Press U and create a new Rectangle withthe following settings: Width: 500 px;Height: 4.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 15

Move the rectangle to the top of the document.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 16

Duplicate the rectangle and move it 8 px down while holdingShift.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 17

Now you need to create more duplicates of the rectangle until they fill the whole document.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 18

Select all rectangle layers while holding Shift, and then Right Click and selectRasterize Layer.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 19

After that,Right Click and select Merge Layers.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 20

Duplicate ournew layer and move it504 pxup while holding Shift.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 21

Merge these layers and Rename the layer “Tv Texture”.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 22

Change the Opacity of the layer to 15% and the blending mode to Overlay.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 23

Create a new layer usingShift-Control-N and name it “Frame”, andthenFillit with black. ChangetheFilloptionto0%.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 24

Double Clickon the layer and selecttheStrokeparameter. Use the following settings:Size: 25 px; Position:Inside; Color: Black.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 25

Now we need to rasterize the layer style:Right Click> Rasterize LayerStyle.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 26

Go toFilter>Blur> Gaussian Blurand use the following settings:Radius: 4px.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 27

Resize the layer to fill the canvas usingControl-Tand holdingShift.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

3.How to Create the Animation

Step 1

Now we are ready to start creating our animation. Go to Window > Timeline and click on Create Video Timeline.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Make the first and second frames visible, and then select the second one and go to theTimeline panel.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Change the Opacity of “Frame 02” to 0%.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Open the second frame in theTimeline panel and move theTime Indicator to 0:00:00:05.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Now you need to create the first keyframe. Click on theTimer icon near theOpacity to create the first Keyframe.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Move theTime Indicator to 0:00:00:13 and then change the Opacity of the layer to 100%.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

After that, move theTime Indicator to 0:00:00:20 and change theOpacity of the layer to 0%.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

Select the next layer and change the Opacity to 0%. After that, create threeKeyframes with changing opacity,the same way as we did above, at 0:00:00:13,0:00:00:20, and 0:00:00:26.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 9

Select the threeKeyframes onthe Timeline panel, andthen Right Click and select Copy.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 10

Move theTimeline Indicator to 0:00:01:00, andthen click on New Keyframeand paste your keyframes by using Control-V.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 11

After that, move theTimeline Indicator to 00:00:02:00 and paste your Keyframes again. Move the first Keyframeto 0:00:00:24 and the last Keyframe to 0:00:02:20. So we can add variety to the use of our layer.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 12

Now we need to move theTimeline Indicator to00:00:03:10 and paste theKeyframes one more time. After that, move the first Keyframe to 0:00:03:13 and the last Keyframe to 0:00:03:21.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 13

Let’s animate our next layer. Select the layer “Frame 04” and change the Opacity of the layer to 0%. After that, add two short sequences of Keyframes as we did before, with centralKeyframes at 0:00:00:18 and 0:00:01:03.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 14

Add another Keyframes sequence at 0:00:03:00 with the central Keyframe at 0:00:03:05 and the final Keyframe at 0:00:03:20.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 15

Create a copy of theKeyframes we’ve just made, and move it to00:00:04:00.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 16

Select the next layer in theLayerspanel, and change the Opacityto0%. After that, add three short sequences ofKeyframesas we did before, with centralKeyframesat0:00:00:15, 0:00:01:00, and 0:00:01:15.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 17

Add one more Keyframessequence with points at 0:00:02:15, 0:00:02:20, and 0:00:03:20.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 18

Now we need to create an animation for the next layer. Change the Opacity of “Frame 06” to 0% and create three short sequences ofKeyframeswith centralKeyframesat0:00:01:00, 0:00:01:15, and 0:00:02:00.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 19

Copy theKeyframes and paste with the first Keyframe at0:00:03:00.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 20

Select the last layer and change the Opacity to 0%. After that, create a Keyframe sequence with the following points: 0:00:00:15, 0:00:00:18, and 0:00:00:22.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 21

Create two duplicates of Keyframes and move it to 0:00:01:24 and0:00:01:24.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 22

Сreate a duplicate of the last Keyframes sequences and move it to 0:00:03:10.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 23

And now we need to create an animation for our TV texture. Select the layer and click on theTimericon nearPositionto create the first Keyframe at 0:00:00:00.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 24

Move theTime Indicator to the end of the Timeline and then move the layer500px down while holding Shift.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

4.How to Save the Animation as a Gif File

Our animation is ready to render now. PressAlt-Shift-Control-Sto open theSave for Web window, and then set theLooping Option to Forever. After that, you can save your animation as a gif file. You can also change the Image Size in this menu if you want to reduce the size of the gif file.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

5.How to Replace the Image Used in the Template

Step 1

If you want to change the image used for your animation,Right Click > Edit Contents on the placeholder layer.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Place your new image above the old one, pressAlt-F4toclose the placeholder, and then selectSave.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop

Awesome Work, You’re Now Done!

In this way, we can create an animated template in Adobe Photoshop using smart objects.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, and feel free to contact me for any help with the tutorial. You can also check myRetrowave 8 Bit Templatein my portfolio onGraphicRiver.

How to Create a Glitch Animated Gif Action in Adobe Photoshop