You don’t need me to tell you that animation (GIFs) and videos are HUGE at the moment.
Platforms such as Twitter have even integrated an easy ‘insert GIF’ feature / gallery for you to use and add gifs to your tweets.
But how do you create your own?
I’m glad you asked, because it’s much simpler than you think. Here’s my quick fire guide –
- Download a good GIF app to your Mac or iPhone
- Add your images or video clip
- Select the size / dimensions of the GIF
- Select the speed (frame delay)
- Select the loop count
… and SAVE!
For the purpose of this guide, I’ve used GIF Converter Pro for Mac. At £7.99 it’s a little on the pricey side, but it’s really simple to use as you can see.
Tips for creating GIFs from images
Creating GIFs from images is very easy to do, and there are two main approaches you can take for creating your own –
Take a series of action photos – I recently visited an aquarium on holiday, and there was a dolphin / sea lion show, so it presented the perfect opportunity to create an animated GIF. I selected high-speed as the drive mode, and I was able to capture the moment the animals jumped out of the water. It was then easy to add the images to the app and create a GIF.
Photoshop animation – as you know, a GIF is only a series of images, so you can create almost anything. I’ve created GIFs by creating graphics in Photoshop using a series of layers. Create the end result, and then turn off each layer step by step and save each image separately. It’s as simple as that.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop me a tweet @rhysgregory