"@______.gif - image from marc kjerland used under Creative Commons 2.0what makes a good animatied GIF?
I think the most important thing is camera stability. When considering which pictures or video to use try to chose scenes with consistency in frame and subject. Moving shots/subjects can work, but the most effective animated GIF's have a frame of reference which your eyes can lock onto and your brain has an easier time understanding what's going on. And, because animated GIF's are usually short/small this makes it even more important.loss of colour/definition:
GIF's are great to convey action but aren't so good at replicating a realistic colour spectrum.
"The format supports up to 8 bits per pixel thus allowing a single image to reference a palette of up to 256 distinct colors. The colors are chosen from the 24-bit RGB color space. It also supports animations and allows a separate palette of 256 colors for each frame. The color limitation makes the GIF format unsuitable for reproducing color photographs and other images with continuous color, but it is well-suited for simpler images such as graphics or logos with solid areas of color."
This effect is called posterizatrionsize/length:
Animated GIF files are usually small, this usually means small in dimension or short in length, or both. When deciding what to make a GIF animation of consider the output size and length. Animated GIF's will not play correctly if reduced through inline HTML (using <img width="size")experiment:
when using programs like Photoshop and GIMP there are huge areas where you can push the boundaries of making an animated GIF. The techniques I show are just the basics, with a little trial and error you can create some interesting results