GIF Portrait of Angelina Jolie




Angelina Jolie has always been one of my favorite’s actresses. Back to when I first saw her in the movie “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, to when I first saw the movie “Wanted”. I appreciated that she always plays the lead character or “Femme Fatal” in most of the movies she is in. Her role in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” and “Wanted” really inspired me to be anything I want to be. I’ll admit after I first saw the two movies, I truly believed that I could be a secret agent and be part of a society of assassins at the same time. But as the story goes, I grew up. Although I no longer perceive being an assassin as a career path, I am still inspired by Angelina on and off the screen. In the real world, she isn’t killing the bad guys but saving the good guys. Mrs. Jolie has done countless charity work and founded several foundations to help children and their families. I could go and on about Mrs. Jolie but I don’t want to make this post too long.

On a very important note, I had a difficult time trying to upload the GIF to this website even though the GIF was in the right format. Every time I tried to uploaded my GIF, it only had the first image and the GIF wasn’t animated at all. So if you are having the same problem, I want to help. First, I learned how to create the animation in Photoshop by watching this YouTube video.  Ironically, the tutorial was posted by Adobe Creative Cloud.  Here is my summary of the video. 

Tutorial for Creating a GIF in Photoshop

  1. Once you’ve done with  designing your portrait and have more than one layer, you need to make sure “Timeline” is checked. With Photoshop open, go to Window–>(Scroll down and click on (“Timeline”) if isn’t checked)
  2. A window will pop up at the bottom of your screen. Select “Create frame animation” 
  3. After clicking on “create frame animation”, click on the menu bar at the bottom of the screen and select “make frames from layers”. watch video for reference.
  4. if the drop down menu is set to once, click to set it to “forever”, then press the play button.  Congrats, you just created a GIF
  5. To save it, go to “File==>Export==>Save for Web”
  6. A window will pop up, make sure is set to GIF, then click save.

To upload GIF to WordPress the right way (Animation to show in blog):  

Updloading GIF to WordPress Tutorial

Again, here is a summary  of what I got from the WordPress Site.

  1. While adding a new post, Click on “Add Media”
  2. Choose the GIF File you’ve saved on your computer and you want to upload. Make sure it has the .gif extension at the end of the flle name.
  3. While you are still in the upload file screen and the image is visible to edit or delete, change the image size from Medium to “Full Size” under “Attachment Display Settings”, which is located right under your GIF File or image.
  4. Then just click on “insert post”. That’s it, congratulations you are now a pro.
  5. If you have any questions, don’t ask me though, I will be too busy making GIF’s or sleeping 😀


First DS106 Assignment

I found a really cool project for my first DS106 assignment.

You are to pick a random word and create a design that essentially describes the word. For my design, I use the word “DEBATE” and show that there is always two sides in a debate and a neutral side who is in the middle, judging everything both sides have to say. I also decreased the opacity of the neutral side “BA” from black to a lighter black color. I got inspired to use the word after searching random words on google search. I wanted to make the “DE” blue to symbolize the democratic party while “TE” would be red to symbolize the republican party. I didn’t do it due to the challenge rules, you have to use black and only one font but you can play around with the positions of the word. It was pretty fun and a little bit challenging to do since you couldn’t use colors. Some of the submissions I saw from other students also inspired me to try the challenge. Here is one I think is just brilliant and very creative.


Here is a link to the challenge if interested.

DS106 Word Challenge