An animated GIF is an image encoded in a graphics interchange format (GIF), which contains a number of images or frames in a single file and is described by its own graphic control extension. The frames are presented in a specific order in order to convey animation. An animated GIF can loop endlessly or stop after a few sequences. Even with multiple images on the same file, the file size can be made small due to the way the GIF is encoded and its limited color palette. This means that the resulting image lacks detail and is of lower visual quality when compared to other image formats. An animated GIF is a quick-and-easy way to present dynamic content, especially on Web pages. Their file sizes are small compared to other alternatives for creating dynamic content like Java and Flash and therefore can be downloaded by the browser easily, allowing for a faster browsing experience.
How to make an animated GIF for free.
Please watch this Youtube video. I essence, you need to understand how to create layers and how to rename them. The background layer can be named anything you like, e.g. background layer. Every other layer needs to be started with the specific format “_a_”. So for example, layer one could be named “_a_layer1” and so on. To make the process of creating an animated GIF easier, I ask my students to Google search for “animated poses Mickey Mouse” or any other famous cartoon character. The reason is simple – the drawings have been done. This means you can focus on finding poses that work together. You then import the images into Photopea and make sure they are all sized the same and that the background has been deleted using the magic wand tool. When the students are ready to save the image, show them how to export it as a GIF. For more information or a lesson, please do Contact me.
The animated GIF shown at the top of this page was created using a combination of Scratch and Adobe Photoshop Elements or Photopea. I used Scratch to program the steady increase in size and also the exact path it has to travel.