Gif Making Tips & Tricks

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Workshop Guide[edit | edit source]

This page was originally set up for our gif-making workshop, check out the tutorial from the workshop for some step by step help getting started.

Giphy Tools[edit | edit source]

GIPHY Gif Maker[edit | edit source]

In GIPHY's gif maker you can add text, effects, and "stickers" on top of a still image, video or other gif.

You'll find the Gif Maker at https://giphy.com/create/gifmaker or by clicking "Create" on GIPHY's homepage.

Other GIPHY Apps[edit | edit source]

GIPHY Cam is a phone app for making gifs!

GIPHY Capture is a screen capturing tool, it's useful for capturing parts of videos.

Animation[edit | edit source]

Piskel[edit | edit source]

Piskel is a webapp for making video game sprites, but it can totally handle gif-sized images and it really great for making simple hand-drawn animations.

https://www.piskelapp.com/

Advanced[edit | edit source]

GIMP/Photoshop[edit | edit source]

Both GIMP (an open source image editor) and Photoshop have options to export your layers as a gif. This can be pretty clunky, but is an option for a gif with very few frames.

Video Editing Software[edit | edit source]

When it comes right down to it, a gif is mostly a short repeatable video. If you know how to use any video editing software you can turn that into a gif!

gifsicle[edit | edit source]

"Gifsicle is a command-line tool for creating, editing, and getting information about GIF images and animations."

Gifsicle can be useful for resizing gifs that have too large a file size: gifsicle big.gif --colors 256 --resize-width 200 > small.gif

Download it here: https://www.lcdf.org/gifsicle/

ImageMagick[edit | edit source]

ImageMagick is a very powerful image editing library. It's another command line app used in a terminal and has a steep learning curve.

There is one simple commands that can get you started: convert *.png out.gif This take all the png files in your directory and makes them each a frame of an animated gif.

Download it here: https://www.imagemagick.org/script/download.php

Sharing Gifs[edit | edit source]

Sometimes sharing gifs can be hard if a site doesn't play well with them. Use GIPHY for this! They have ways to share and export for a bunch of platforms.

Combos!![edit | edit source]

Some of the power of these tools come from combining them in fun ways:

  • Import a gif from GIPHY into piskel, draw on top of it.
  • Export gif from Piskel in GIPHY, to add text and effects!
  • Create an image in photoshop or GIMP, import it Piskel and edit.
  • Export gif from GIPHY editor, and put it right back into the GIF maker to add more text.