3D GIFS Conversation

So there’s a bit of conversation going on around making gifs appear 3D. I like it because it’s playing tricks on the way your brain processes information and it requires you to think in three dimensions. It’s not something most people normally do and what initially really hurt my head when I played around with Motion and Google Sketchup. In any case, lots of people have been in on the conversation but I thought Talking Tina’s demos were well done and explained but I thought seeing the top down view might help a bit. I thought this would be fairly easy but given the wide angle lens, I think things get weird optically in that a tiny bit of forward motion results in dramatic differences in perception along the planes of intersecting lines. I don’t know that is true but if you try drawing it weird things happen. In any case, it might help someone get the idea and I have another example in the works which might be easier. Original GIF from Talky Tina Colored Line Addition Top Down View

Animated GIF in Photoshop CS4 Tutorial

Inspired by the Noise Professor’s decision to make his animated GIF in Photoshop, I decided to play around with that tonight and ended up learning a good bit and with a much better process and product (fewer programs, higher quality). I didn’t know you could do this all in just CS4. Video to Images Capture video frames as stills to layers – you can even select portions of the video right in the import window. You’ll now have all the frames as images in individual layers. Animation Window Open up the Animation Window1 Eternal Looping I set it to loop eternally. It’s right there in the bottom left hand portion of the animation window. If you forget you have the option to set this again when you do the final export/polishing. Frame Speed Shift click to select all the frames and you can change the animation speed all at once. Animate the GIF I saw this was impossible in a number of places and if you go to the normal Save/Save As location, it is. There is actually an option below that on the menu that is “Save for Web & Devices.” Somehow I never saw that. You’ll have Animated GIF as an option here. Polish It Up 1 Never opened this before