" lets you instantly create Animated GIF online, free, right now! Just upload pictures or grab them from your Flickr. Create funny flashy slideshows with you and your friends, cartoons, previews, banners, etc. Post them anywhere you can post pictures: MySpace, Bebo, HI5 etc."


Kiml said...

Why would you do it with that and not the gimp?

'ö-Dzin Tridral said...

People who don't have the gimp, or don't have the knowledge to produce an animation might appreciate an online tool that does a simple job in a simple way.

Do you have a simple tutorial for doing the same job on the Gimp? If you recommend one, I'll post it as an alternative method.

Kiml said...


Open up the gimp.
File -new
Choose your size (the size of the largest image you'll be putting in the sideshow or animation.)
In the image window.
File -Open as layers
Select the images you want (it's easiest if you have them all in one folder together so you can just select them all.)
Open the layers dialogue (if it isn't already open) Dialogues- layers-
Delete the background layer (the one that's thumbnail isn't one of your images, it'll be right at the bottom) Just right click on it and -Delete Layer.
Then in the image window again-
File -Save As
Choose where you want to put it. call it 'name'.gif (where 'name' is your desired file name)
Click Save, a window will appear asking you some questions.
Choose 'Save as Animation'
"Convert to Indexed using default settings"
Click export.
If any of your images are larger than the size you chose a window will appear asking if it's okay to crop them. if so, click crop.
Another window appears.
Most of the defaults will be fine, but you'll probably want to change the "Delay between frames where unspecified:" to the right value for your gif. (Remember this is in milliseconds so a "1000" in this box gives you one second for each frame.)]#You might as well check "Use delay entered above for all frames", just to be sure.
Click save and you're done.
You can then view your newly created gif by opening it with an appropriate program.

That seems more complicated when you write it down.

'ö-Dzin Tridral said...

Things alwayts seem more complex when you try to explain them. And take 28 pages when you provide screenshots also. I'll try to follow your instructions when I have the time.

It might be fun to screenshot the gimp process of producing an animated GIF and then produce an animate GIF of the screenshots themselves. The world would probably implode.

There's probably also a command-line method with imagemagick