Make a gif

Notable: Gifs are easy to share, perfect for advertising or creating buttons on your blog

Point: I teamed up with Handmade Harbour to show how to make pretty and versatile Gifs.This is a great way to make a gif if you’re not so good with photoshop and prefer to work by hand. Part I and Part II include other methods and ideas so be sure to check them out.

1. A printed out image
2. A camera
3. Photoshop
4. Anything extra you want to include in your gif such as glitter

To create the effect:
1. Take pictures of each sequence of the motion whether it be glitter messages, a picture crumpling up, etc 
2. Import pictures into Photoshop and copy and paste them into one single canvas so each forms a layer

To create the animation:
1. Click the box in the far left corner that sets what type of project Photoshop is orientated for to motion
2. A bar at the bottom of the screen should appear
3. Click the triangle in the middle of the bar and make sure it is set to create frame animation
4. Click make frame animation and make as many frames as you have image layers
5. Select the first frame then go to the layers section and make sure you can only see the first layer or the layer the animation will start with
6. Select the second frame and the view option for the second layer, the third frame and view the third layer until you have gone through all the frames and layers
7. At the bottom of the animation bar there are options to change the animation to loop forever, one time, and three times, change this option to your preference
8. At the bottom of each frame there is a window to adjust how long each frame plays
9. There is also a play button try clicking it to see how your animation will play
10. To save a version for the web click file>save for the web
11. This will open up a window where you can adjust the size and color of your animation. Adjusting these options will change the size of your gif file, but if your using a digital stamp you really don't need to worry about this since they start out as really small files.
12. When you are done click save and you have made a gif.

Here is a good video on the animation process if you need extra help:

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