How to make an animated GIF – resources and ideas for your #GIFitUP entry

written by Aleksandra Strzelichowska on October 18, 2016 in Competitions and Content and Europeana Art and News with 7 comments

#GIFitUP is about creating #GIFs from public domain and openly licensed material available in digital libraries around the world. It is a great opportunity to discover some new interesting content, remix and reuse it. It is also a chance to challenge one’s creative skills. Everyone is welcome to take part, especially first-time GIF makers! We put together a list of tutorials, tools and ideas to help you make your #GIFitUP entry. Enjoy!


Create an animated GIF in Photoshop A tutorial explaining how to turn a series of photos into a looping animated GIF using Photoshop

Simple animations in GIMP  This tutorial runs you through how to make a GIF using GIMP, an open source image manipulation program

How to make an animated GIF from a video A step by step tutorial showing how to make a GIF from a video in Photoshop

The Complete Guide to Making Animated GIFs  A guide exploring a few different techniques


Imgur video to GIF

Egzgif – Animated GIFs made easy




Best apps to make animated GIFs

Ideas and Inspiration:

-Find a stereoscopic image

There are plenty of them available in Europeana. So choose your favourite and experiment!


Spoorwegbrug te Culemborg, Rijksmuseum, public domain

– Use a series of pictures

Find a set of images illustrating different stages of movement and just put them together


Eksotisk danser i positur og kostyme, Norsk Folkmuseum, public domain

-Play with letters

Get creative with text. On Europeana, you will find a lot of posters with interesting fonts and colors


Europeana, GIF, Source material 

-Face expression

What about making your favourite portrait smile? Here’s how using GIMP and Photoshop


St John the Baptist Wearing the Red Tabard of the Order of St John, National Museum of Fine Arts – MUZA, CC0

For more information about rules, prizes and entry sumbission, click here