How to Make an Animated .gif (free and easy!)
February 9, 2012
My brother is slowly teaching me the ins and outs of Photoshop Elements and one of the things I asked him to teach me was how to make an animated .gif. There’s an Animate function there that I’ve learned to use, but it’s always nice to be able to do it for free somewhere else right? Well, you can. Rhoda uses Photoscape for editing her images so after I read her post I hopped over to test it out. I liked a lot of the tools available with this free software, but the one that caught my eye was the Animated GIF option. Note this available only for PC users.
For those who don’t know, an animated GIF file compiles a number of images as frames displayed successively, kind of like an old flip book movie. It’s a fun tool for play but also useful for making buttons or ads too. With an animated .gif, you can layer several images on top of one another – look how fun it can be!
To do it easily and for free, you can use the Photoscape software, available here.
Simply click on and drag your images to the row above.
Then choose your interval times and sizes.
Save your new animated .gif, it’s that easy.
Have fun with funny faces, kids, pets, any subject you like.
You can use illustrations or your logo to create ads for your business or blog with this same tool (just make sure your images are the right pixel size before importing them). If you have Photoshop Elements, you can do it there to, here’s a helpful You Tube video – the first four minutes explain how to make an animated gif in Photoshop.
Have fun creating!