I Hate…GIMP?

GIF #2

Google. The most popular search engine in the world. The question is, what do people Google on everyday basis? For this assignment I had to type in the phrase, “I hate…” followed by a letter of the alphabet. Some of the results were very strange. For example, in the GIF below if you look carefully for the letter ‘W’ one of the suggestions was, “I hate when I’m studying and a velociraptor…” I chose to do this assignment because as much as GIMP and I don’t get along, I wanted to give it another try. It ended up going better than expected. You could say GIMP and I have a love hate relationship. I also chose this assignment because I was interested in discovering what the results would be after the phrase was inputted.

This time around using GIMP wasn’t as awful as my previous experiences. GIMP was easier to use because for this assignment I was required to use images, rather than a video. Below is the step-by-step process I used to create my GIF.


**PSA this assignment involves a lot of screenshots. In order to not get confused when uploading rename them and put them in chronological order**

Step 1: Go to ‘File’ and click open to upload your FIRST image

Step 2: For your SECOND+ image(s) go to ‘File’ and click ‘Open as Layers’. Once you do this you will see all the pictures appear on the right hand side bar

Step 3: Once I uploaded my photos from letters A-Z I watched my GIF. In order to do this go to the ‘Filters’ tab. Once under ‘Filters’, go to ‘Animation’, then select ‘Playback’

Step 4:  Once you select ‘Animation’ your screen should look like the picture below. Hit the ‘Play’ button to observe your GIF.

Step 5: Next go to ‘File’ and select ‘Export as…’

Step 6: Name your document. At the END of the document name make sure that you put the extension .gif This is shown in the image below. Then click the ‘Export’ button.

Step 7: Once you click ‘Export’ a pop up box should come up like the one below. Make sure that the  ‘As animation’ box is checked off.

**Another note–you might need to edit the delay between frames because the GIF might be too fast or too slow. I set mine at 650 milliseconds**

Link to assignment is tagged above in ‘GIF #2′

What Are the Chances

GIF #1

For our first GIF assignment I decided to base it off one of my favorite musicians, Chance the Rapper. The video I used is from the music video, May I Have This Dance by Francis and the Lights featuring Chance. I chose this video because most of Francis and the Lights music videos are very minimalistic, which I enjoy. This clip was a little different because Chance gives the video a more playful vibe, while keeping the minimalism of the other band.

At first I chose this assignment because I wanted my first GIF to be somewhat easy. I was wrong. Finding the clip and the specific part I wanted to use wasn’t a problem, it was creating it. Towards the beginning I had decided I was going to give GIMP another try, but all the tutorials I watched were instructions on how to convert images not videos. So I decided to use a different method. Below you can find instructions on how I made my GIF.

Direction 1: To begin, go to this website and enter your video URL, in my case it was May I Have This Dance by Francis and the Lights featuring Chance the Rapper.

Direction 2: Once you upload your URL your video should appear. Pay attention to the start time and the GIF length settings below.

Direction 3: Adjust the start time setting to 2:14 and the GIF length to 7 seconds

Before adjusting the settings

After adjusting the settings

Direction 4: Hit the ‘Create a GIF’ button and then select the download button. Located in the bottom left hand corner.

Link to assignment is tagged above in ‘GIF #1′