What’s trendier than cats, vines and snapchat filters?
Of cats, vines and snapchat filters.
GIF stands for “Graphics Interchange Format”, and the main reason why I’m mentioning this is because its pronunciation has been an on-going debate since the 80s.
Some pronounce it Gif as “jif” like gingerbread man while others like the harder G like gimmesomeofthat.
One of the creators, Steve Wilhite insists it sounds like the first.
However the pronunciation of his family name might be equally debatable.
Reasons why you might want to start creating/using GIFs:
– They can make anything relatively lame look much cooler by a simple extra motion.
– You can create an action that loops endlessly.
– Dancing pizza
– They can be seriously hilarious
– If you’re socially awkward, just slap a GIF right on there.
If the above reasons are convincing enough, here’s how to get your GIF pants on:
There are multiple ways to create a GIF but I chose Photoshop so this article wouldn’t take ages to be read.
Here we go:
1- Upload your images and sequentially put them one after the other in your layers panel.
2- Go to window -> Timeline.
A window will appear at the bottom of the screen.
Click on Create Video Timeline, and select Frame animation instead which will create a little icon of your first visible layer.
3- Click on the duplicate selected frame icon, and hide the first layer from your layers panel revealing the one under it.
Repeat till all the sequence is complete in your timeline.
4- Set the time you want each frame to pause, from the little arrow next to “0 sec.” at the bottom of the icon.
You can set it from 0 seconds to 10 or even “other” if you want to be more exact.
If you want it to play the entire sequence once and stop,
keep the once selected.
“3 times” to let it play 3 times and stop. I know, shocker.
If not, unleash the kraken and select forever to keep it going.
Press the play button (at the bottom) to play your animation.
If you’re happy with the result and did your “nailed it” dance, it’s time to export your animation:
File – Export – Save for Web
Preset: GIF 128 dithered, (you can mess around with the technicalities if you’re into that)
Set the image Size you want at the bottom in “image size”
Then you’re ready to roll. Click Save and voila.
The epic GIFs in the first part of the article can be found at www.giphy.com
Vickie Boschiero Junior Animation Art Director