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How to Create a Time-Lapse Video from Photographs in Photoshop

Time-lapse photography videos never go out of style…  Here is one of our all-time favorites from Norwegian landscape photographer Terje Sorgjerd – incredibly beautiful and perfect for the clear, dark nights of the season (watch full-screen):

Prior to the extensive video editing tools first introduced in CS6, Photoshop wasn’t normally known for its video capabilities – but in fact it’s always been possible to take a series of still photo­graphs (manipulated as desired) and then quickly create your own timelapse video using Photoshop Extended

The techniques given below will work in the Photoshop CC, CS6, CS5, CS4 or CS3 releases – and Extended is not required if you have CS6 or CC, as the standard version can edit video as well.  (In fact, the new CC release is always Extended, meaning you can do 3D too.)

Here now professional photographer and Adobe Community Professional Benjamin Root walks you through how to do it, if you have Photoshop CC and want to create high-resolution (4K) timelapse footage:

Or if you are still using Photoshop CS6 or older, Adobe guru Russell Brown gives the details below on how to make and export your own creation:

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  1. Mapa

    can’t see the 2nd video (Russell Brown) :/

  2. Thomas

    How is the time-lapse of the first video done? I kinda read somewhere that some time-lapse panning are done with sliders or on Photoshop Extended from a series of still pictures.

    Can you show me or point me to the right direction where I can learn both? I am keen to learn.

  3. Thomas

    sorry… I meant I am keen to learn how to create panning time-lapse. I have no idea where to start. 🙁


  4. Thomas


    Thanks for the reply and the links. I have done some research about panning time-lapse photography. Learned about those sliders devices (they don’t come cheap) might need to save up for these gadgets.

    As for the video, thanks. I have watched the video but unfortunately it has nothing to do with creating a panning time-lapse video from the still images, the video talks about correction of white-balance and sharpening of the still images. Appreciate your help and thoughts. Will keep looking for the Photoshop CS5 tutorials (if there are any out there).


  5. Really cool videos, thanks for posting them

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  7. Carolina Negel

    Thanks for your very useful video… I created a mini time-lapse 😉 brilliant!

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