GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format and refers to a bitmap image format commonly used on the Internet. GIF images contain a maximum of 256 colours, making them suitable for images containing simple shapes or a limited colour palette. If you save a colour photograph as a GIF file you may notice a loss of colour and quality. GIF images can also be animated by quickly switching individual frames. An animated GIF can be made quite easily using a video clip and an editing program like Adobe Photoshop.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Adobe Photoshop
- Video clip
Select the video clip you want to make into an animated GIF. It should ideally be no more than two or three seconds long. You can use online resources like KeepVid or SaveVid to download videos from YouTube or you could upload your own clip from a phone or digital video recorder.
Open Photoshop. Click "File" on the menu bar at the top then select "Import" from the drop-down menu. Select "Video Frames To Layers" then select the video clip from the location you saved it to on your computer.
Select "From Beginning To End" on the "Range To Import." Click the tick box labeled "Make Frame Animation." Click "OK."
Click "File" then select "Save For Web." Adjust the quality controls as desired. You can changes aspects including the number of colours and the image size. The higher quality your animated GIF is, the more resources it will use when played. Large GIFs can increase the time it takes for a web page to open and slow down browsing speeds.
Click "Save" when you are happy with your GIF. You now have an animated GIF file that you can play on your desktop or embed on a web page.
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