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FutureStarrMaking a gif
In this tutorial, we will make a gif specifically for this article. You’ll take a big-picture view of the process, and should be able to adapt the steps for other purposes.Giphy is a super quick and easy-to-use GIF maker. You can make a GIF using the video URL from a video hosting platform like YouTube, or by uploading your own video file. While Giphy isn’t particularly sophisticated, it doesn’t need to be. It only took us a few minutes to create this GIF fromone of our Biteable animations. It’s so easy you’ll feel like dancing. GIFs are modest, generally rendered in low resolution and limited frame rate, yet the format has become a darling of the internet. It served as an early example of something you could do online that you couldn’t do in print and has survived mostly unchanged since its inception in the late 1980s, remaining popular today despite the dramatic rise in high-quality web video formats. This, of course, only makes the humble GIF even more impressive.
GIFs are modest, generally rendered in low resolution and limited frame rate, yet the format has become a darling of the internet. It served as an early example of something you could do online that you couldn’t do in print and has survived mostly unchanged since its inception in the late 1980s, remaining popular today despite the dramatic rise in high-quality web video formats. This, of course, only makes the humble GIF even more impressive. Step 2: Save the video to your computer. Check out our guide on how to download YouTube videos if you need guidance on ripping footage from the web. Trim the footage down to only the length you want the GIF to play. Two or three seconds is great, five is pushing it, and 10 or more is possible with the right chopping, but the file will be large and hard to work with. The general rule of thumb is to convey your idea in as few frames as possible.
If you don’t have access to Photoshop, there are free methods you can use to make a GIF, although the final product’s quality may not be as high. There are various free programs (such as GIMP or Pixlr) that offer the basic functions of Photoshop, thus allowing you to create still images and play them in sequence, and websites that allow you to cut GIFs from video. Neither of these processes will be as effective as Photoshop — however, they are cheaper and fairly straightforward. If your .gif file fails entirely to upload to another website or computer program but it works fine on Imgflip, then the site you're uploading to may not fully support GIFs. You can sometimes fix this by changing the Filesize Optimization to "Basic" instead of "Advanced" in the More Options menu of our GIF Maker. This can increase file size but makes your .gif work with more programs. Shopify in particular has a bug claiming that optimized GIFs are corrupted. (Source: imgflip.com)
Knowing how to make your own GIFs means you can turn any funny video into a meme-worthy reaction in the groupchat, but it’s also a useful skill for school and work projects. A lot of motion designers use GIFs on their online portfolios because they load faster than videos and play automatically. GIFs are also great visuals for slideshow presentations because they add endless motion to an otherwise static slide. To use GIF Maker, simply paste a video URL or upload a video file, and you’ll then be able to create a GIF and edit it within Giphy’s simple-to-use interface. With GIF Maker, you can choose the point in the video from which you’d like the GIF to start, choose the duration, and add a caption.
Photoshop can also help you convert a video into a GIF by transforming each frame of the video into a frame within Photoshop. To import a video, click File > Import > Video Frames to Layers. You’ll then have the option to choose how much of the video you import and whether you’d like to pull in every frame (for longer GIFs, importing every other frame should be sufficient quality). And there you have it—your finished GIF, ready to be shared all across the world wide web. Now that you have the skills to create basic Photoshop animations from videos and still images, you can gifify almost anything! (Source: 99designs.com)
Ready to animate her sketches, Plant opened the Timeline (Window > Timeline), selected Create Frame Animation from the dropdown menu, and chose Make Frames From Layers from the flyout menu. If you have used the Timeline before, it may populate with empty frames by default. If this happens, click on the first frame and hold the shift key while clicking on the last one. Choose Delete Frames from the flyout menu. Then you can choose Make Frames From Layers.To give each frame the same timing, Plant clicked on the first frame in the Timeline and then clicked on the last frame while holding the shift key. You can click on the down arrow in one frame and set the interval to 0.1 seconds—this will update all of the selected frames. Next, Plant chose Forever from the dropdown menu below the timeline to make the animation loop continuously. You can preview the timing of your animation by clicking on Play.
Go to File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack and select the Browse button in the Load Layers window that comes up. This brings up the Finder/Explorer window where you can browse for your files and select all of the ones you need. When you’re finished, click Open and then OK in the next window. The files will be imported into a separate document, from which you can select all layers and drag them into your working document.If you have already set up still, sequential images ahead of time (or are working from imported video frames, see Step 2), click on the hamburger menu icon in the upper right corner of the Timeline panel. Select Make Frames From Layers. You will see the timeline populate with frames from your layers. (Source: 99designs.com)