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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > How To Make A GIF Animation

How To Make A GIF Animation

How To Make A GIF Animation

Added: Thursday, October 29th, 2009
Category: Geek Zone > Tutorials
Tags:File Sharing, ET, p2p, Peer To Peer, BitTorrent, .torrent, gif, animation, article, story, extratorrent.com, extratorrent
As many of the members know, it’s good to refresh your look on ET. The most popular avatars so far are the animations made in GIF format. The Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) is a bitmap image format that was introduced by CompuServe in 1987 and has since come into widespread usage on the World Wide Web due to its wide support and portability.

I won’t go into details on what it actually is, but I would like to give a little help to those who are interested in making their own avatars but don’t have the tools to do so.

First of all you need a tool. Almost any new graphics software is able to produce the animations. It only depends on you likes and dislikes which one will you choose. For me the optimal choice is a small program with the medium effects, it’s called ULead GIF Animator 5 and it does everything about GIF like it’s big brothers like PhotoShop or others.

The main steps on making an animation is making some frames, pictures that are in a preferred order. Like if you want to make a GIF animation about a ball bouncing from the left side of the picture to the right you will make a few steps with the ball in between, like moving the ball a few pixels to the right, saving the picture as a new file and doing it all over again, until you get it to the other end of the picture.

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After making the images you have to add them into the software you prefer for the animation and just set the time of delay between images and you just save them as a Gif image and they are now an animation ready to be added here on our beloved ET or anywhere you like, for example on a web site you are designing or a presentation you are making.

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Also I have to mention that you can modify other GIF animations you find on the internet. Modifications like cutting some frames out, adding text or making the frames slide in one after another or just making the animation faster or slower.

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This is all just a brief information about how to get started. But I hope everybody will try it and realize that it’s not difficult at all, you just need a little time to adjust to working with multiple images in a row. Before I forget, I mentioned the program that I use for doing the modifications, well that software can be found on ET as well as the other graphics software.

You can ask any designer which program do they use, but the answers will be different. I guess it depends on what do you want to do with it and what kind of quality do you want to have on the finished product. So use this as a basic guideline for the first tries in the world of animation, and feel free to PM me if you need any help, but it’s not too hard to handle, it just takes some time.
I hope this article will help members like me who are interested in making their own avatars or just cool images but don’t have a single clue how to start.

I must thank xxxOBSCENExxx for the chance to make this article and to have it published through him, and I want to thank everybody who took the time to read it and I’m glad if it helps at least to some members. In that case it was surely worth writing it.

By:
Z0R4N
October 28th, 2009

Posted by:  Blocked
Date:  Thursday, October 29th, 2009



Comments (39) (please add your comment »)

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posted by Blocked (2009-10-29 19:04:02)
No avatarThanks for the tutorial Z0R4N I'm sure many who do not know will find it useful.

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posted by (2009-10-29 19:12:34)
pfcorpuschristi avatarthanks for the INFO very helpful, in other words a good head start in trying something new

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posted by (2009-10-29 19:14:37)
marblezilla avatarI use Photoshop to make my images & Beneton Movie GIF to create the GIF file itself. It's very simple to use. I'm always interested in any other software out there.

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posted by Blocked (2009-10-29 19:16:46)
No avatarLots of aspiring artists on ET This could be a good thing though. Anyone wanting to make custom covers lemme know ;)

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posted by (2009-10-29 19:20:59)
JorgeMontana avatarthanks bud

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posted by (2009-10-29 19:30:33)
rko2164 avataryou could also use easy gif animator great program to make my animations of tv shows etc il try out this tut thanks

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posted by (2009-10-29 19:54:52)
SnakeyB avatarThanks so much Z0R4N, I spent some time yesterday trying and just gave up. Now thanks to you I can see what I can come up with for the Halloween contest. Also I can Finally make my own avatar for regular use here.

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posted by (2009-10-29 19:57:05)
FACOTIME avatarThanks for the tutorial Z0R4N im been trying to find out how to do this
xxxOBSCENExxx Thanks for uploading this on et

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posted by (2009-10-29 20:04:42)
Infectious avatarI use Gom player to get my pictures and Beneton Movie Gif to make the animation.Super easy to use program.That's how I got Bruce Campbell over there.

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posted by Site FriendKitty (2009-10-29 21:31:09)
aSBo avatarZ0R4N :D hey buddy this is a cool topic close to my heart I love to mess with graphics almost as much as I do music. Here are the things I use that I am sure first time users will find easy to get simple fast effective results.

GIF Movie Gear v4.2.2
Ulead Gif Animator v5.1 (Previously Mentioned Very User Friendly)
Xara3D v6.00

These are simple to use & people new to this field in theory should be very happy with their results.

Please feel free to PM me guys if you want any little tips. :D

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posted by Site FriendXbox (2009-10-29 22:16:20)
Z0R4N avatar@rko yeah I used easy gif animator, but it is NOT free, and my goal was to give everybody a chance, with or without credit cards;o)
and thanks for every comment, I wanted to give a chance to everyone to participate in this Halloween contest and to make the odds even;o)
Sorry I couldn't metion every program that is user friendly and easy to use but, everybody is welcome to post some other software, it's good way to share

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posted by Blocked (2009-10-29 22:19:03)
SouLesS avatarLearn yourself how to do it, trial and error makes perfect. Skip tuts and all that crap and just go at it. I Never used/read a tut or directions or instructions of any kind when i learned this stuff and as yall might have noticed its pretty good shyt..LOL Oh yeah I just have to voice my displeasure, disdain and hatred for all the one click grfx progs and websites. I hate them prob as much as REAL encoders hate all the one click app fake encoders.

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posted by (2009-10-29 22:43:15)
kirsten avatarThank you , but it sound difficult , anyway it's interesting for you guys, but i'm a girl so for me it's hard.Nice article i enjoyed it.YOU are very good at this.

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posted by (2009-10-29 23:27:53)
joeamie avatarThanks for the great info guys imm off to give it a go thank you! :)

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posted by (2009-10-29 23:29:08)
nuff_ avatarI use ulead gif animator 4 all my gifs...Its a good program,@ Kirsten u should give it a shot it's really easy.

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posted by (2009-10-30 02:51:01)
Thefarmer avatarGreat! Thanks for this, atleast now i have some idea how to do it =)

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posted by Site FriendKitty (2009-10-30 02:56:28)
aSBo avatarNuff yes it is really easy Kirsten should not be put of by any of
this I like Souless have never read a tutorial in my life
experimentation is honestly where the fun is whether its graphics
or anything else. ^o^


http://rapidshare.com/files/299797602/Ulead_Gif_Animator_v5.1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/299798517/Xara3D_v6.00.rar

I have been using these a while & have scanned & uploaded them to
make available to Extra Torrent members. I don`t do app torrents.

BTW i did ask OBS if it was cool to post these links OK :))

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posted by (2009-10-30 03:34:39)
No avatar43 yr old man here, I read your article and was hoping to learn, but to be perfectly honest I read the words and in my head I heard wawawawawa. No disrespect, I'm sure if I had a clue what I was doing it would be very useful information. I'm not bashing you, just admitting my ignorance. I'd like a really cool avatar, and would be thankful if one of you experts made one for me. If not, it's all good. I'm just very thankful for all of the movie uploads.

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posted by (2009-10-30 06:12:53)
SnakeyB avatarWell I tried. Theirs 6hrs Ill never get back. Id say it looks like a 10 year-old did it, but I don't want to insult the 10 year-olds that could put me to shame..

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posted by (2009-10-30 09:37:39)
kizzer31 avataryeah cheers m8 handy

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posted by (2009-10-30 12:03:03)
Qu137Ch405 avatarGreat read, Z0R4N...

The three appz I use the most when creating GIFs are:

Video Avatar - http://extratorrent.com/torrent/1919084/GeoVid+Video+Avatar.v3+0+0+94+cracked.By+Best+Of.html

Easy GIF Animator - http://extratorrent.com/torrent/1605848/Easy+GIF+Animator+Pro+v4.8.1.39.html

And Photoshop CS4 - http://extratorrent.com/torrent/1748804/Adobe+Photoshop+CS4+Extended++CLEAN+++blaze69+7z.html

These have rarely done me wrong, but on occasion a larger GIF will freeze about 30 frames in, so I'll decompile it (extract all frames as separate images) and rebuild it using...

GIF Construction Set - http://extratorrent.com/torrent/1835408/Alchemy+Mindworks+GIF+Construction+Set+Professional+v3+0a28+Incl+Serial.html

...then reopen the GIF in Easy GIF Animator to optimize it for faster web viewing.

That's how my current avatar was made.

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posted by (2009-10-30 20:19:21)
DirtyDugan avatarThanks ZOR4N, i've just recently started playing with PS CS4 and have been curious how to make GIFs......I never realized how many different programs i'll need to accomplish my goals......Thanks for the info everyone, I'll be sure to give a few of these programs a look into to see what i can come up with.

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posted by (2009-10-30 20:24:19)
e_torr avatarThanks a lot man ..... now i can try to make mine animated(if only i knew this b4 i posted on the halloween avatar contest)

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posted by ET junkieET loverSuperman (2009-10-31 00:08:47)
tonycabanna avatarthnx man thats great
always wanted to make my own
didnt know where to start or look

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posted by (2009-10-31 05:46:50)
joeamie avatarHey Qu137Ch405 the link you gave for Easy GIF Animator is password protected! WTF? please only give clean links!

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posted by (2009-10-31 11:00:13)
Qu137Ch405 avatar@ joeamie - WTF are you talking about? The only links I gave are ones on ET. I already had all these programs before coming here, so to make it easier for you and all others here, I only posted links to torrent pages already hosted here.

And I rechecked all the links I posted just now, and don't understand what you're saying... Do you mean the LINK is password protected? Or the file you downloaded is? If you're having problems navigating the site, take that up with a Red. If you're pissed about a password protected file, take that up with the uploader. Don't bitch at me for trying to help.

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posted by (2009-10-31 19:21:26)
joeamie avatar@ Qu137Ch405Im so sorry but i didnt mean anythng bad at you i really appreaciate your help mate, but i was pissed at the actual app as it was password protected once again im sorry i didnt meant to be pissed with you, thank you for all your help :)

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posted by (2009-10-31 21:57:35)
joeamie avatarOk cool i worked it out i used avs video editor to cut the scene from the movie then converted to 100x100 with xilisoft video converter then used unlead giff animator to create the giff wooo hooo thanks guys!

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posted by (2009-10-31 23:28:13)
MindTrixXx avatarBout time this article came out...very informative and a very interesting hobby for people that want to get into it...for me, I only do it when i get bored and this is sure to kill some time...Also for Adobe Photoshop CS4, you can only make small gifs with at least 150 frames i think (I know there is a limit on how long your gif can run). If I am wrong, please correct me.

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posted by Site FriendXbox (2009-11-01 09:56:58)
Z0R4N avatar@MindTrixXx, actually there is probably about 1000 frames as a limit, but most likely it's just about the limitations of the PC people are using. For now I have seen few problems when I went over 1200 frames or so. Oh, and thans for all the comments guys, it's good to know that I made something that people can appreciate:o)

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posted by (2009-11-02 19:05:35)
Matrixtwist avatarthe ez free way to do it is lunapic.com no instals free and can put tex on top of gifs and make animations user friendly as can be :) upload your pik and play :):)

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posted by (2009-12-13 03:24:50)
Pipedreams avatarSweet post Zor4n and thanks, but my issue is getting my avatar that I made which is a gif 100 x 75 which I believe is within the parameters, to upload. It keeps saying settings saved but my avatar doesnt change... any help?

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posted by (2009-12-13 03:40:44)
Pipedreams avatarthink I can figure this one out...at least I got it to change lol

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posted by (2011-07-31 04:20:45)
samps avatarThanks will try it, great post buddy )

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posted by (2012-05-14 21:57:57)
John_Lucio avatarThanks, quite informative, however all the images have been removed...

Maybe, it'd be a good idea to put them back on...

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posted by (2012-12-25 16:09:33)
osidmg avatarThx shags I'll have a crack and see what happens. Nice post btw.

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posted by Site FriendET lover (2013-01-04 22:47:28)
sumi avatarNice, thanks for the tips

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posted by Blocked (2013-02-23 07:45:26)
iluvET avatarthnx but images need to be updated,tynipic has removed them all

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posted by (2015-06-21 01:46:56)
caldwell37 avatarcan i use a gif image, and if so how do i change my old avatar, thanks for any help



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