Nothing sums up things like an animated GIF, and if you've spent any time on the Internet you've undoubtedly seen a few. For those who arrived late to class, an animated GIF is a digital picture format that has the ability to display animation. GIF format makes it possible to watch motion in a frame without having to use a video hosting service like Youtube or Vimeo.
The simple I ♥ bacon image above is an example of an animated GIF.
Animated GIFs, like its JIF peanut butter namesake, are amazing when prepared right and disastrous when handled wrong. This Instructable will cover 4 different methods:
- Using a free online method - video and images into GIF
- Using Photoshop orGIMP - images only into GIF
- Using iWisoft - video only into GIF
image sequences - flamethrower Jack-o_lantern
Photosop awesomesauce - animated pizza GIFs
explaining a concept or idea - Energy-Saving Light
showcase an item - fuzz of 1000 faces
assembly animation - collapsible box
high FPS repeating movies
entire YouTube video
There's almost no limit to how animated GIF's can be used. I'll do my best to cover the basics on how animated GIFs are made, and provide examples for you to try yourself with files (found at the bottom of this step, and Step 4 and 5). The methods shown are a few of many different ways to make animated GIFs. There are alternative methods using the same programs, and there may be easier and better methods not discussed at all. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
↓ grab the Photoshop and GIMP templates here