GIF TUTORIAL

STEP 1:

Open KMPLAYER and load the video you want to capture: Capture, frame extract and set it like this: (demonstration 1#)

— This one is in Portuguese, but I translated to make it clear. To open this window simply use the command CTRL+G.

STEP 2:

Open Photoshop, then: File > Scripts > Load Files Into Stack. Like this:

(demonstration 2#) And then: (demonstration 3#)

— Let the frames load and check the layers tab. Sometimes the last frame can loaded as the first, so you have to drag it to the bottom!

I usually use the size 500x (and some number between 200 - 300) and 12 frames, but it depends. Gifs with the size 250x198, for example, you can use 20 frames. And 160x160 you can use 30 frames! (It’s an estimate)

STEP 3:

  • Coloring: You have to apply coloring first then animate them. If you want to apply the coloring on the already animated GIF you can add the “New Adjustment Layer” on top and make sure it’s turned on every frames of the animation. If the first frame of your animation is the also the first layer you can just make the adjustment layers active only on the first frame and make sure ‘Propagate Frame 1’ is selected, the coloring you just add should be applied to the rest of the frames too. Be aware that because of the limited color depth on animated gif when save for Web & Devices (256 colors), the coloring of the animation will be difference than the still image or the preview you see on the animated timeline.
  • Add text on gif.

STEP 4:

Time to save your gif: File > Save for Web & Devices

Maybe you won’t have to reduce too much to get the gif under 500 KB, but sometimes you have to. (demonstration 4#)

And you are done! :)

Well, that’s it! At first you may have some difficulty, but with practice it will be solved! Good start and make beautiful gifs!