photoshop document screen

When i open the timeline window it directly opens up as frame animation and it doesn't show me the option where you can choose either "frame animation" or "video timeline" so where do i change it?


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In addition to Danielillo answer:

I made a screenshot showing the two way to switch from Frames to Timeline mode. But this is not your case.

More: I made a CMYK file just to see if the icons would disappear.

enter image description here More: When we first show the animation panel we have the option to choose between the two modes:

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More info: See this post where it said something about the Extended version: Why does my Photoshop CS6 timeline have a different layout?


Considering that you want to create an animation in a CMYK document; what is not so logical, Photoshop should allow the change of animation type if it allows to create a starting frame. It's not a normal behavior.

Reset Photoshop to its default settings: restart pressing Alt + Ctrl + Shift Windows or Cmd + Alt + Shift Mac.


Video is always in an RGB color mode. Always.

You can not create a video with a CMYK document. You must first change your Image Mode to RGB (Image > Mode > RGB). Then you should be presented with a timeline rather than frames.

You are presented with a frame animation because Photoshop can convert a CMYK image to an RGB image upon output. But Photoshop simply can not process CMYK as video. It's a similar limitation as the one regarding filters -- only some filters work in a CMYk file, but all work in an RGB file.

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