I’m not exactly sure how to start this, so
You want to know how to make a gif? Here’s a tutorial. I taught myself how to do all of this, so I figured it won’t be that hard if you have someone instructing you. There are many ways to customize gifs, so I’ll try and keep them simple…
What you should know about making gifs for Tumblr is that there are three basic rules to follow:
Thing's You'll Need [direct downloads, so once you click, it downloads]:
ALL ARE FREE OF VIRUSES
Both GIMP and Winrar are simple to install. Winrar will install an annoying extension to your chrome and a file to your computer, but it’s extremely easy to get rid of it. Go to your extensions and delete it, then search Babylon and Wajam on your computer and delete those files. Problem solved.
How to install David's Batch Processor:
David’s Batch Processor, or DBP, is just as the title says: A Batch Processor. It allows you to manipulate multiple images in simple ways such as resizing, cropping, editing colors, etc. I use it to resize the multiple frames a gif requires.
How to install GAP:
I’ll have to explain GAP later because it won’t make sense at the moment
How to install Avidemux:
Avidemux allows you to open videos and select the amount of frames you want to gif. With cartoons/anime you can select more frames, but with reality and video games it’s better to select 60-80 frames.
How to install Realplayer:
Realplayer and any other video downloading tools are easy to install, so here comes the gif creating process.
You must have a video downloaded before beginning the gif process. Do this by downloading videos from the internet, either by using Realplayer or another downloading tool. On certain websites the videos have download links.
To begin, open GIMP and Avidemux.
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TIPS IF YOU WANT TO GIF SCENES:
CONTINUING WITH THE AVIDEMUX PART:
I would HIGHLY recommend you create a new folder for the selection of frames. What I did was create a Kingdom Hearts folder, and within that folder I created smaller folders titled after the scene I was giffing, and within those folders I would create folders for the parts of the scene [each selection of frames] and then I would save my frames into those. It’s a really organized system. You can create all of this while still in the saving process.
Now go to GIMP:
There are some VERY important things you should add to GIMP before beginning to make gifs. Here are a few:
You don’t want anyone stealing your gif, right? So you’ll have to watermark it. It’s common to use pixel fonts to do this, seeing as they take up the least amount of room. Go to a font downloading website and download some pixel fonts. Here are some: [x] To install these, unzip/right click + extract here and then drag the file that looks like this
into your gimp 2.6 fonts folder. This folder can be found in Desktop > User [ex. Sam] > gimp 2.6 > fonts.
Beginning to make the gif:
Batch Process Time:
Now it comes time to Resize ALL your frames. This is where things get even more complicated than they already seem.
Forming the gif:
Now that you’ve gotten the frames resized, it’s time to make it into a gif.
I highly recommend saving your project as a .xcf file for now. It’s not uncommon for GIMP to crash while dithering [will need to do for high quality look] the layers.
Editing the gif/GAP (optional:)
Now I’ll explain what GAP is. It’s a Plug-In made for Animations, yet I use it for my Gifs. Same thing. It’s just like DBP, except you can do major editing to each Layer. It mostly allows you to add Filters to your layers, but also color adjustments. I use it to add curves to each of my Layers. Here are common Filters I use:
I hope you took my advice from before and downloaded some pixel fonts as recommended. It’s time to watermark your gif!
Adding Subtitles (optional, depending on video:)
Adding subtitles is different than watermarking the gif. Subtitles are solid and outlined. They allow you to know what the character is saying without having to hear it. You can use a pixel font, but I recommend not to. Here’s some tips:
Now you’re ready to finish this thing. There are only a few more steps before this will become a .gif file. THE LAST STEPS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT.
You’ve gotten all your editing done. You’ve added your watermarks and/or subtitles. Dithering will sort of set everything in stone. You cannot edit the gif any further once it’s been dithered. Dithering is what makes the gif higher quality. The maximum amount of colors a gif can have or 256 (more in some very special and specific gifs.) There are 3 types of Dithering (technically 4, but 2 of them are the same except with very VERY minimal difference.)
Optimizing is how you lower the file’s/gif’s size. Since the Maximum size a gif can be is 1MB, it’s important to Optimize your gif. Optimizing erasers the colors on one layer that are the same as the colors on the layer below it. In the long run, this reduces the size of the gif drastically since transparency isn’t used in the size.
Saving it as an Animation
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Actually you should probably locate the gif and make sure it’s under 1MB before uploading it. It will have to be between 1KB and .99MB if you want to upload it to Tumblr.
If you have any further questions, ask me and I’ll answer the best I can.