Making animated gif smaller in PS/ImageReady?

Posted on 2006-05-02
Last Modified: 2010-04-07
I have a .psd file with 21 layers.
When I Save Optimized in ImageReady, it makes a 30k animated gif.
How can I make it smaller?
By the way, the layers are all vector graphics, originally created in Illustrator.
Thank you.

Question by:mtnr
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    Accepted Solution

    I believe you can reduce the file size by:
    1) Reduce the image size
    Menu > Image > Image size


    2) Reduce the no. of colors used
    Under Menu > Window > Optimize > change colours 256 (default) you can try to change the no. of colours e.g 64 colours.


    3) reduce the no. of layers used in the gif animation

    Hope this works.
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    by:Ben McNelly
    ok, a couple questions...

    30k is prety small... why is it a problem? (doesent matter, just wondering)

    ok, also since these were originaly vector files, flash would make the most sense i think.

    - Ben

    Author Comment

    dandelion, thank you! Well written and effective answer.

    ben, 30k is not so small over dialup connection -- esp. when there are more than one on page. but thanks for suggestion.
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    you are welcome.

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