Feeling GIF-Y! And you can too!

We all have our favorite GIF's, especially thanks to iMessage and it's library of laughs. GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format (I just looked that up), and this week, I made my own from scratch

That's italicized because it made me feel pretty cool

Two years ago when I first tackled Adobe Photoshop, it felt like a leap into another universe, and a sinister one at that, as suggested by this reflection I wrote down: 

Photoshop is a BEAST, albeit a useful one.

This was documented as part of a therapy-through-words after a five hour intensive crash course through the Adobe PS Labyrinth. So. Many. Mysterious. Icons.

Thankfully I had tech-savvy Elton as my helper at the time. Nowadays it seems the tables have turned, as suggested by a remark by Elton a two days ago:

Wow, you know why more about Photoshop than I do now—how did you do that???

The "that" he spoke of was my GIF! 

Oh, good times! Making these by hand might seem like it would be overly complex, however, it's actually as easy as 1, 2, 3...

1. Start with the photos! Take your photos & edit them to taste. You can either take one photo and edit it with different filters/effects, which is how I achieved mine; this creates the effect of shifting lights & shadows while the main focal point stays unchanged and unmoving.

Or, you can take multiple photos with movement involved so that your images jump from one image to another and create that stop-animation-like "GIF" effect. For fun, I tried this technique with a series of photos featuring "Elton, the Sometimes, but Not Too Often, Reader": (he loves it)


2. The Techy Part! Follow these easy directions from Hubspot.com: Make a PS GIF! You will need to have Adobe PS, of course. There are apps to make GIF's too, by the way. Here are a few top rated ones: GIF Apps

Personally, I preferred using Photoshop because I could control all of the things, which, as established last post, is kind of my thing.

3. Share it! Export and upload wherever you'd like to entertain/make bewildered friends & family with your GIF!


So, thinking about giving it a shot? If you do, I would LOVE to see it. Email your GIF to info@anikazebron.com for a chance to have it featured here! 

Happy Creating & Happy Wednesday! 

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