Before even reading the lesson on Animated GIFs I had to create a GIF for another class I’m taking. It was simple enough, but I wished I had gotten the lesson sooner because it could have saved a bit of time. Even with learning on my own before getting the quick guide to how to make a GIF it still wasn’t as challenging as it once was as Professor Whalen explained early on.
We have apps now such as GIF Maker that can take a video and turn it into a GIF. Do you have a couple of stills you want to convert into a GIF? Easy, upload all the ones you want, in the order you want, and BAM you have a GIF. Need to speed it up or slow it down? Cool, GIF Maker can do that, too.
When thinking about what I wanted to create I remember thinking I may be able to make a GIF easily with any app, but will it be good? What do I mean by that? Well, we often use GIFs to convey an array of emotions or ideas. Just like a picture can mean a thousand words so can a GIF if you choose the right one. I think that is the most difficult part of GIF making. It isn’t about the construction because everyone can do it now. It’s more about your audience understanding why you sent that GIF in response to something.
That is what I felt most excited about when working on this project. It got me thinking about things not entirely related to GIFs. Like how we communicate, why we use GIFs to show our understanding of something, and how effective a GIF can be at conveying an emotion. Overall, pretty cool.
Here are some GIFs I’ve worked on in the past couple of weeks.
1. Chicken or the egg
I started this one on Photoshop to add the chicken and egg to photos of my Doberman Heidi. Then I used GIF Maker’s photos to GIF option.
2. Realizing you made a bad choice
I used GIF Maker’s video to GIF option for this one. This was a long video of my dog (again) that I cropped and sped up. I added the caption to the GIF. I now wonder how it would be interpreted without it on the actual GIF. To me she looks freaked, and that’s because she was. Could it come across that way for other captions? What do you think? Leave a comment.
3. Family photo album
I used photos to GIF for this. This only turned out as a GIF because I had to create an itty bitty zine about anything. I decided to make a family album, but didn’t possess the skills to draw out the fam OR hard copy photos to tape to (that would have been a waste) the zine, so I used another app called HP Reveal (augmented reality platform) to create auras and overlays. Basically what is does is when the app recognizes a world image (the paper zine) it will add an overlay to it (photo). It’s all very simple and I’m sure I could have explained that a bit better, but if you want more information on HP Reveal or AR visit this how-to video that explains how to do it. From there the app has an option to photograph your aura. I used these photos to create the GIF.
There you have it. These are GIFs I’ve worked on for the past three weeks. If you have comments or suggestions about any of it let me know. Thanks!