How to open/edit Animated Gif in Photoshop CS4


Since Adobe CS3 series, the software to create animated gif, Adobe ImageReady has been discontinued. and most of the core features has been included in Photoshop CS3 and Fireworks Cs3. Since then, animated gif can be easily created from Photoshop. But, if you try to open or edit an animated gif with the normal “Open” function, Photoshop will only open the first frame of the animation without any animated sequences, unless you using Fireworks.

Here, let me show you few easy steps to open or edit an animated gif using Photoshop CS4.

1. In Photoshop CS4, go to File > Import > Video Frames to Layers


2. The file browser pop up, you will notice that only movie type format allow to select using this function.


3. But don’t worry, go to the folder that where you save your animated gif, manually type in the filename of gif, in this case, i will type in “Sylar.gif“, then click “Load“.


4. And now you will see the importing options, on default, it will choose “Range To Import” to “From Beginning To End”, and “Make Frame Animation” has been ticked.


5. Done! You can see the animated gif open in Photoshop timeline!


Continue enjoy Photoshop and hope this article help! 🙂


  1. Chrisds

    I also have cs4 64bit and i did have the option to import files but it said i require quicktime 7.1. I downloaded it went back to cs4 and the option under import was no longer there!! Please do help.

  2. It does work, but it’s extremely annoying that I have to install Apple’s crapware (QuickTime) for it.

    Also apparently it only works on 32 bit but not 64 bit version of Photoshop.

  3. Ben

    Thanks for the very important points especial the way that open the .gif file-type . i’ve tried to import .gif into photoshop cs4 i am using, got stranded at this step. Should type the filename-extension and click open! LoL Many thanks!

  4. Guy

    in a gif that has no background the previous gif frame will stick with the next one so all the previous ones are visible at the end with the last one standing in front of the last one and so forward.
    how do i fix that?

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