How to Create Animated GIFs With Free Software

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A .gif animation consists of a series of images that scroll in a specific order. Unlike .mov or .wma animation files, .gif files utilize a small size and upload to most free image-hosting websites. Often, a .gif -- also referred to as a GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) -- consists of several images of a specific character, object or television show. The animated nature of a .gif catches the eye and helps attract viewers to a specific website, article or forum post.

Ulead

  • Create or edit the images you wish to use in the .gif. For example, open "Paint" and create an image of a smiley face. Save the image as "gif1." Create a second image of a frowning face and save it as "gif2."

  • Open Ulead and create a new file.

  • Click on the button that reads "Add Images." Highlight the images you wish to add and press "Open." For example, highlight "gif1" and "gif2" and press "Open."

  • Reorder the images within the image list, if desired. Drag and drop a file into the appropriate place.

  • Click on the "File" button and scroll to "Save." Enter the desired name, such as "Smileygif" and press "Save."

Microsoft GIF Animator

  • Create or edit the images you wish to use within the .gif using a bitmap program, such as Paint.

  • Open Microsoft GIF Animator and create a new file.

  • Click on the "File" button and scroll to "Import." Highlight the appropriate images and press "Import".

  • Place your cursor in the "Animation" panel. Drag and drop the images until they appear in the appropriate order.

  • Click on the "File" menu and scroll to "Save As." Enter the desired name and press "Save."

GIMP

  • Open GIMP and create a new file. Adjust the size of the canvas, if desired. Click on the "Image" menu and scroll to "Adjust Size." Enter the desired dimensions in the "Width" and "Height" box and press "OK."

  • Draw the images within the canvas using the tools inside the GIMP toolbox. For example, draw a flower using the "Brush" tool. Fill the flower with a new color using the "Bucket" tool. Click on the "Image" menu and scroll to "Flatten."

  • Click on the "New Layer" button. Draw a new image within the canvas. For example, draw a flower of a different color. This layer consists of the second image of the .gif file.

  • Repeat the process of creating layers and drawing images until you complete the animation.

  • Set the animation's timing. Place your cursor inside the "Layers" window and click on the first layer. After the layer name, write "(TIMEms)." Replace "TIME" with the desired time in milliseconds. For example, write "(250ms)" to create a quarter-second frame. Set the timing for the remaining frames using the same process.

  • Click on the "File" menu and scroll to "Save As." Click on the "File Type" drop-down menu and scroll to "GIF." Enter a name in the "File Name" field and press "Save."

References

  • Photo Credit Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images
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