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Is there a way to automatically create frames from layers in a Photoshop document?

Bridge lets you open several images into one Photoshop document as layers, now I would like to get these layers loaded into the animation window (one frame per layer) without having to create frames one by one.

If you know of a better workflow in photoshop for putting together photos for a timelapse animation would also be helpful.

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This is what I understood...

Yes there is a way, open up your animation panel.

I created some shapes and you can see how they were together in first SS, after clicking on the make frames from the layer, it automatically create all the layer as frames in animation panel.

Do according to my SS, is it what you needed? Sorry for these awful screenshots (open in new window for clarity) :|

Hope this will help....




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Fantastic! What a great answer, even with screenshots. And very fast too. I wish I could vote it up more than once. Thank you. – deb Aug 22 '11 at 13:10
your welcome deb :) – Jack Aug 23 '11 at 7:41

In CC this seems to have changed slightly to a rather unintuitive process:

  1. With your layers ready to make frames from, open the timeline panel.
  2. You should see Create Frame Animation in the middle of the panel. If you only see Create Video Timeline, use the arrow next to it to switch to frame mode. Click the button.
  3. This will create a single frame in the timeline. Now you can open the panel options menu in the top right of the panel, where Make Frames From Layers will have appeared. Click it.
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