A GIF image stands for "graphics interchange format" and it is capable of handling small animations and low-resolution film clips. A GIF image is not capable of merging multiple image layers, so it must be exported as an animation. Each layer of the image will be a different frame of the animation. As long as you have a photo editing program that allows you to edit your image on multiple layers, you can easily create a cute animated GIF.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Advanced photo editing software
Launch your photo editor. Adobe Photoshop is a widely used editing program, but it could cost a few hundred dollars. If you don't have any photo editing software that allows you to edit multiple image layers, you can download the GIMP photo editor for free. This editor is almost as advanced as Photoshop, and the link can be found in the Resources section.
Open the "Layer" menu at the top of the screen, and select to create a new layer. Name this layer "Frame 2." Repeat this step until you have the number of frames you would like to use. Keep your "Background" layer intact.
Click the eyeball symbol next to each layer to hide every layer.
Click the eyeball symbol to un-hide Frame 1 and draw the first frame of your cute animation. The cute animation you choose to create is entirely up to you. For example, if you wanted to make an animation of a flower growing, you would draw a pot of soil in your first frame. Then you could draw a stem sprouting from the pot in the second frame. You could show a few petals blooming in the third frame. And the fourth frame would show a fully bloomed flower.
When you finish drawing your first frame, click the eyeball to hide the frame, and then un-hide the next frame (Frame 2).
Repeat Step 4 to complete your animation.
Open the "Filters" menu, scroll down to "Animation" and select "Playback." Click the "Play" button to play your animation.
Open the "File" menu and save your image as a GIF file.
Tips and warnings
- If your animation is moving too fast or too slowly, you can manually enter the amount of time you would like to stop on each frame. Next to the frame name, type the amount of time you want to sit on that frame in parenthesis. You will have to type your time in milliseconds and add the "ms" abbreviation to the amount.
- Here's an example: Frame 2 (1000ms)
- That means the animation will stay on Frame 2 for one second.
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