How do I slow down a Photoshop timeline animation?

I have created a complex Photoshop timeline animation (as opposed to a simple frame animation) that I would like to slow down. By “slow down” I mean increase the time between each frame and correspondingly increase the total duration of the animation. If this was a frame animation it would be easy, but I can’t figure out how to do it for a timeline animation.

I see that I can adjust the frame rate of the animation, but doing so keeps the total duration the same, whereas I want to adjust the frame rate and the total duration simultaneously.

I’m looking for a solution that does not involve adjusting the frame rate and then manually adjusting all my keyframes (because I have too many to make that an easy process).


In Photoshop’s timeline window, right click the layer. The options for duration and speed should open!


If the video layer is already in a “Video Group” and a Smart Object Layer… you have to open the Smart Object, and then right click THAT internal timeline to adjust the speed/duration.

When you transform or otherwise alter a video layer, you are presented with a dialog….

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Perhaps you missed it or click the “don’t show again option”. But this essentially tells you the layer structure is changing, which adds a “Video Group” to the Layers panel, and converts the video layer to a Smart object (note the icon in the bottom right of the layer thumbnail is differnt). So….

If your layers look like this:

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With the video as part of a “Video Group” and as a Smart Object, you need to double-click the Smart Object layer. This will open a new window containing that video clip. Your layers will look like this:

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Just a straight video object without the “Video Group”.

Then you can right-click the timeline to adjust speed and duration:

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You can only adjust speed and duration when a video layer is highlighted, because you’re then changing the video clip, rather than its possible encompassing smart object.

This works, but it does somewhat depend upon the layer structure of your file regarding where you have to click.

Source : Link , Question Author : Walt D , Answer Author : Scott

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