October is over but we can move onward and upward to new projects and challenges!
Before we go forward, let’s take a quick look back at the month’s choices of Richard Armitage characters requested for the October Animated GIF Challenge. I like math and numbers so I created this bar graph for comparison. Please click on it to view in full size. Image opens in a new tab or window.
Clearly, Sir Guy of Gisborne was far and away the most popular. Lucas and Harry tied with four, and in fact they even shared the eyechart animated gif! 😎 John Thornton was also chosen four times.
My only surprise was that John Porter scenes were requested only twice. However, I am more than happy with your selections! On one hand, that leaves more JP for me, LOL! It also demonstrates that you chose your favorites and did not make the requests you thought I would prefer. That was the whole point in sharing the graphic duties. I really enjoyed this project and was able to study scenes I had not really noticed before in such depth.
Here are a few things you might want to know about animated gifs:
- They can be made from stills or video; I make mine from video footage
- GIF is usually pronounced like the word “gift” without the final “t” although the developers pronounced it “Jif,” like the peanut butter!
- GIF stands for “graphics interchange format”
- GIFs consist of a maximum of 256 colors so this format is better for logos and line art rather than photographs
- Animated GIFs cannot contain sound
- Animated GIFs are images and not videos. You can save them the same way you would any other image on the Internet. However,
- animated GIFs do not move when you view them on your computer in Windows Photo Viewer; you must view them in your browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox
- animated GIFs cannot be resized or they will lose their animation
Now it’s time for a study break! Let’s look at some Richard Armitage character pictures. 🙂
Do you notice what they all have in common? 😉
In a few days, I’ll post my animated gif tutorial. It will be in several parts because we’re going to start from scratch. I’m going to write it up based on the method I’ve developed using the software I have at hand. However, I will direct you to a free trial of the software if you would like to try it out. Also, if you have been interested in making fanvideos, the first several steps will be the same! I would love to see your work if and when you decide to share your creations. 🙂
The animated gif project was so much fun! It’s such a pleasure to work with you. We make a great team! ♥ Watch for the tutorial to start in a few days.