I guess I should start by saying, “Hello!” and “…umm, sorry for the long absence.” I don’t really have an excuse for slipping away, and there isn’t any exciting story behind my hiatus. Basically keeping this blog up to date just slipped away from me; I actually had about 5 different posts in the works, but never got to finish them. I decided enough time had passed and it was time to begin blogging again.
Creating an Ultimate GIF!
Over the last year and a half, I have been learning more about photography in my free time, I upgraded my Nikon D60 to a Nikon D300s, and have been taking more and more photos with aVoceBehindTheLens. During the Professional Ultimate season, I get to tag along with Jen as a second shooter for NY Empire games. Now that I have a D300s, I can shoot up to 7 frames for second, so I can capture some great action sequences. So for this post, I quickly made an animated GIF out of 9 images from one of those bursts. Below is a pull from the NY Empire – Philadelphia Phoenix game on 25 April 2015.
If you have Photoshop CS5 or newer here are the basic steps for creating a GIF:
- Move all your images into one folder
- Open all of the images in Photoshop (PS)
- Once open, click “File” then “Scripts” then “Load Files Into Stacks”
- Click “Add Open Files” and then “OK” (this will add each image as a separate layer)
- Click “Window” and then “Animation”
- On the top right of the Animation Tool bar you should see a button in the top right of an upside down triangle and a few lines. Click it.
- Click “Make frames from Layers”
- Back on the Animation tool window, click the icon in the bottom right corner of three little squares
- When the new view is displayed, adjust the seconds each image is displayed (the GIF above uses 0.3 seconds).
- Click the “play arrow” button to cycle through the images (you might need to reorder your images)
- If you’re happy with the product, click “File” then “Save for Web & Devices”.
- If you are using large image files, you will probably get a popup saying something about file size being too large. Just click “OK”
- Change the Width and Hight (I used 800 for the width and let PS automatically resize the hight).
- Lastly, change the file type to GIF (I used GIF 128), and save!
In the future, I will definitely crop the image better and possibly have each frame last a little longer. Let me know what you think.
I want to thank you for reading, and Jen from aVoceBehingTheLens for showing me how to make animated GIFs.