How to make an Animated Gif File ?

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  1. fab5freddy macrumors 65816

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    Does anyone know how to make an animated gif file ?
    One that scrolls quickly through many jpegs......

    like an avatar that moves....sort of....
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Adobe ImageReady is the typical tool used for this, although it has been discontinued and its functionality has been folded into Photoshop. If you're looking for a simple, free alternative, I've used GIFfun in the past. It's old, but should still work.
     
  3. fab5freddy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    ok, so how do you make an animated gif in CS3 photoshop ?
     
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    You can use Fireworks CS3 for animated gifs like you could in ImageReady.
     
  5. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Here is a decent tutorial. Just Google "photoshop cs3" and "animation" and you'll get lots of hits that show you how its done.
     
  6. fab5freddy thread starter macrumors 65816

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    How big would the file size be, if i made a small animated gif,
    flashing around 10 images ?
     
  7. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Well, that depends on a number of things, so it's hard to say. But for reference, my avatar is 100x44 pixels, has nine frames, and is 12 KB.

    Taking a look at a couple of other animated gifs I have laying around, I have several at 100x74 pixels, and here are their sizes:

    18 frames, 112 KB
    37 frames, 160 KB
    32 frames, 144 KB
    18 frames, 72 KB

    Choosing different levels of compression will have a significant impact on your filesizes.
     

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