Animation software features range from
Basic to feature packed
Today I’ll illustrate the most rudimentary requirements
In future posts I’ll show more advanced features
As I learn through trial & error
A Walk in the Snow
A short walk from my front door
A nice program (free) that includes
Animated GIF and a dozen other features is
PhotoScape, which I used for this post
To create an animated GIF a program needs
1 – A standard file system
2 – The means to open your set of images and
To (re)arrange their order as needed
3 – A way to set the amount of time each image will appear
4 – An animated GIF creation algorithm (the heart of the program)
To convert the set of images into a single animated GIF file
Clearly, we could expand this list several-fold, but
These are the basics and
Here is how they are implemented in PhotoScape
Admittedly, #1 & #2 are pretty obvious requirements.
#4 is also, after all this is what we’re trying to do
#3 might not seem obvious but it is the basis for whether
The animation looks like a slide show or
A video (movie) or
Something in between
If you can’t control the time for each slide,
You have no control over the animation’s appearance
The above “how-to” slide show was made in PhotoScape
Using three screen captures
Each image “on stage” for 5 sec.
The animated photo was also made in PhotoScape
A single photograph with
Snow created in Photoshop
Snow overlaid on image (PS Screen blend)
Saved 15 versions
Each with the snow moved down/left
Can you spell tedious??
Each image displayed for 0.3 sec.
So animation can do more than
Provide the illusion of motion
As shown above it can do many different things
Simply by our choice of images
and how long we choose to display them
Tomorrow – ??
Depends on what “new” I learn today
Probably adding effects to a photo and
Making the additions move
As in the winter walk image
What did you learn new today?
As I proceed in this series,
I hope to illustrate a potpourri of different animation styles
Is this whole animation thingy interesting? Useful?
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