GIF IT BABY - xanthe berkeley
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SO the conversation went something like this…

Me : It’s all set up, could you just click the shutter while I move in the frame?

Kim : Not everything has to be a GIF you know!

Me : Mmmmm I’m not so sure…

I love making GIFs, I can’t help it. A GIF is where you combine a series of photos together to make the action move. And I make them A. LOT.

Don’t get me wrong, I love capturing still images, ones that stand on their own and tell the story. But more often than not, I see things as moving images. It’s just more exciting to me and seems like the bridge between stills and video. Which is my kinda work.

These chairs are famous at the ACE, hundreds of photos have been taken on them before we arrived, and I know SO many more were taken during Oasis. I had in my head the photos and GIFs I was going to make, long before I got there. And the chairs did not disappoint.

Wanna learn how easy GIFs are to make… see if you’d like to join me in GIF addiction?

This tutorial is in photoshop CS5 – there is a tutorial for Elements users here – let me know what you create… I’d love to see it.


  • xanthe
    Posted at 21:31h, 31 January Reply

    The tutorial is now available, although it is quite out of date now.

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    Posted at 16:26h, 17 May Reply

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    Posted at 15:57h, 17 May Reply

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  • Jill
    Posted at 16:28h, 28 November Reply

    I’ve been wanting to do this! But, I’m also interested in stop motion video. Now, here’s my question: Are they the same? GIFs seem to be shorter and perhaps not as smooth. I was in an argument on the pronunciation of “GIF” with my daughter. She won. I’m so excited that you’ve made the time capsule class self paced. I think now I can swing it!! Not so sure about 12-12-12. The fear of commitment, ha!

  • Lori S
    Posted at 06:07h, 23 November Reply

    OK – here is a link to the gif i made for my family members who are located in several different states. The pie (with the Oreo cookie crust) is an old family recipe that we all make on this day. Hope the link works for you and thanks again for showing me how to make the gif.

  • Lori S
    Posted at 15:50h, 22 November Reply

    Thank you soooo much. I stayed up way too late last night trying this out. It worked perfectly in my CS3. This morning I thought of a tiny story to make for family to wish them happy Thanksgiving (U.S. holiday today).
    I don’t have a web site or blog, but I’ll try to send you a link or email copy so you can see what you inspired.

    I just found your blog this week via Kim K. and sIgned up on your mail list. I LOVE your time capsule videos. So sorry I just missed your class – but maybe by next time I’ll have learned how to use the video side of my camera.

  • Erin
    Posted at 15:41h, 22 November Reply

    Thank you for this special treat Xanthe! I’ve been wanting to learn this super cool technique for ages!

  • Meghan @ Life Refocused
    Posted at 22:22h, 21 November Reply

    Thanks for sharing, Xanthe! I’m going to try it this weekend! xo

  • Kim Bajorek
    Posted at 19:22h, 21 November Reply

    I’ve wanted to know how to do this for so long, Xanthe! Thank you! I will definitely show you what I come up with!

    : ) Kim

  • kim klassen
    Posted at 17:23h, 21 November Reply

    Oh my gosh….. this morning i will not forget…. 🙂 love it… love this… love you!!


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