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 6 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!

Tutorials:

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

Tools:

Imgur video to GIF

Egzgif – Animated GIFs made easy

MakeAGIF

Imgflip

GiffingTool

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!

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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

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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

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Europeana, GIF, Source material 

-Face expression

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

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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