Have you ordered food and you are at your most hungriest you think you have EVER been and the food comes fast!? It makes me want to jump up on the poor unsuspecting delivery man,and I just want to give him everything I have but pay him in your pure happiness!
This is how I would feel when someone tells me a funny joke about my mom for instance in a text message or on a social media exchange. In some situations instead of actually sending them back a typed text message you can actually send them an expression like this. Also, this expression is more fun and creative to be sharing with social media long with text exchange.
Reaction GIFs are a fun and unique way of expressing your feelings and how you would respond to a statement or situation. For instance,these days especially with the younger generation, people tend to drift towards reaction GIFs when they are exchanging views and even comments on various forms of social media. Reaction GIFs have definitely been giving a new outlook on social media and even regular messaging and emailing.
How the heck do I do that? The short answer is that there are lots, and lots, and lots of ways. There are actually lots of online automated GIF-makers, but in order to be able to progress and do more complex animations you need to learn to build them on your own using desktop tools such as GIMP, ffmpeg, and Photoshop.
The basic steps are as follows:
- Find a piece of video from Youtube, that you’ve shot on your phone, from a screen capture, and/or ripped from a DVD/Blu-ray. You need to get that video onto your desktop so you can work with it. There are many ways to download youtube videos, so with a little research you can figure it out.
- Trim the piece of video you wish to animate. It’s best to keep it short. A few seconds at the most. MPEG Streamclip and ffmpeg are both very good free video clip editors for this kind of job. You can also trim the video in Photoshop, but it’s probably better to trim first if the clip is really long.
- Import the video clip as layers into an image editing application such as GIMP (free) or Photoshop. You will be able to make additional changes to the duration and timing of the animation in this process by discarding frames and/or change the time duration played for frames. Also you can crop the frame if you wish so that you focus on a particular portion of the frame. Finally you can resize the pixel dimensions of the frame based on where you wish to post the GIF. This can be important for sites like Tumblr that allow a maximum pixel width of 500 px.
- Export your animation into the GIF format. In the export process there are possible color and dithering options as GIFs work with a limit of 256 colors. These choices affect both the appearance and final size of the GIF. Fewer colors and less dithering typically produce a smaller file size. And sometimes you need to balance between the two in order to achieve a satisfactory look as well as maintain a reasonable file size. Tumblr again restricts you to a maximum of 1MB for a GIF 500 px wide, or 2MB for a GIF 400 px wide or less.
You can find many, many tutorials online for creating GIFs of a wide variety of types. Everyone seems to have there own tweeks to the process to create them. This tutorial for the whole process using the free software GIMP is useful. As well this basic tutorial using Photoshop, basically the same version that we have in the lab, could be helpful as well. And you can add text with GIMP as well.
Either way you may feel a little like this when you’re done!
I have used Dreamweaver and Photoshop in the past but nothing recently. Most of the time where I create something, it’s by hand. I not too peavy on Digital work as of yet and most of the things I learned in high school, I have forgotten. I have done some work using photoshop, but I was soo lost, I just played around with a few tools to see what I could create. I dont remember the steps or tools I used to create the work, but it turned out nice. I can’t say what I’m comfortable with because I don’t know much but I will like to learn everything my teacher has shown me such as the GIF and other tools that will be useful. I’m open to learn anything.
This picture was created by me, by hand. I used pencil of course, Primacolor pencils and basic paper