Get Moving | Learn How to Make a GIF

Hey y’all! This blog post will be SO different from basically everything I’ve ever posted. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some of my latest creations, which include GIFs! I’ve gotten a lot of requests and questions on how to make them, so I wanted to share a tutorial on how to make a GIF.

Let me start off by saying one thing: taking pictures of myself is not my jam. I’ve tried to get into photography, and I really like taking pictures of places and other people, but blog photography is really not for me. However, I really love making videos! Even when I was a kid, I always loved putting together little videos with my friends.

Turning pictures into GIFs is my way of combining the best of both worlds. Spoiler alert: it’s a lot easier than you think.

  1. Have a little photoshoot. The first thing you need is content! Take your pictures like you normally would, but picture them like they’re a movie. Make small transitional movements. If you’re using an iPhone, take advantage of the burst feature! Most of the time after I take photos, my camera roll looks like this:
Take a series of photos with slight variations on posing. My go-to poses are moving my arm, kicking out my leg, winking, etc. Get sassy with it.

2. Select your photos. When you’re going through your photos, always keep more than you normally would. I can’t stress this enough: it may look weird as a still photo, but it might work in a GIF! Some shots look a little off, but when you put them in a moving graphic, you may have a different perspective. PRO TIP: if you’re working with bursts, always keep one or two photos from the series. They look a lot more natural when you put them in motion!

Here’s a little video on how to select images from a burst. They normally aren’t this blurry, but it’s 2020 y’all. I can’t control things.

3. Edit your photos. I edit my photos before I put them into GIF form because I like to keep things consistent on my feed. My favorite editing apps are Lightroom (must-have for presets) and PicsArt (great for creative edits).

4. Make your GIF! It’s that simple! Take your edited photos and upload to ImgPlay. Trust me, I’ve used a lot of GIF apps and this one is the best. I always upload all of my possible shots because you can always go through and edit which ones stay in the final cut. Here’s a little video of the process:

  • Speed up the transitions between photos to make it look more like a stop-motion video. (I keep mine between .3 and .5 seconds)
  • If you’re using any kind of auto-posting or social media scheduling platforms, make sure you use the crop tool in ImgPlay. When you crop in ImgPlay vs cropping images individually, it crops the whole graphic.
  • To make a loop, repeat one of the images in your series. Doing this will help create a Boomerang/looping effect!
  • If you plan to post in your Instagram feed, make sure you export as a video!

Here’s my final pumpkin GIF- stay spooky, y’all!

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