Export transparent animated GIFs from After Effects/AME
Currently, if I want to export a “sticker” (Animated GIF with transparency) for social media, I animate the GIF in After Effects, export a MOV with alpha, via the AE renderer, bring that MOV into Photoshop and export a GIF with transparency via the (legacy) web export. This is a lengthy, complicated process that creates a heavy and useless, for the end product, MOV file.
In my opinion there are multiple things wrong with this workflow and could be improved by allowing direct export of transparent GIFs from AE.
The Adobe export/render preference for most formats is via AME
Issue: Formats including Alpha, can only be exported from AE directly. This breaks the standard workflow. Improvements to/ development of the AE renderer have been stopped.
Animated GIFs can only be exported from AME without transparency
Issue: In order to export a GIF with transparency, an additional step has to be performed, thus breaking the standard workflow.
The web export in Photoshop is a “legacy” export. Does this mean it will at some point be obsolete?
Issue: If Adobe decides to make this export method obsolete and remove it from Photoshop, there will be no other option to export “stickers”.