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A step-by-step GIF guide to GIFing everything you see
GIFs rule the Internet, and you’re never gonna survive out there if you’re incapable of whipping together on a moment’s notice a four-second animation of Jason Kidd’s game-winning three-point shot or a happy corgi running on a sidewalk.
If you’re equipped with Photoshop, there are plenty of GIF-making guides out there—but none of them (as far as we can tell) use GIFs themselves to show you how to make them. And that’s just silly. GIFs are the best way to explain anything, ever—whether it’s Election Day, Thanksgiving, or McKayla Maroney’s silver-medal vault.
Ready, class? This is going to be fun. These are the steps I used to teach my own parents, and now they’re pros. But before we start, you’ll need two things: a YouTube video (preferably of a Jack Russell puppy) and the DownloadHelper extension on Firefox. (I still can’t find a Chrome extension I like; if you have a recommendation, let me know!)
OK, got it? Here we go.
1) Use DownloadHelper to save a video
Just click on those little balloons or atoms or whatever they are.
2) Open Photoshop and Import
Select “Import Frames to Layers” under the File menu. Then select the video you just ripped.
3) Select which part of the video you want
The shorter the better. GIFs have to be small so they can load on your page!
See the option that says “Limit to every [ __ ] frames”? Play around with that. The higher the number, the lower the frame rate, and the faster and choppier your video will be. Try it with 2, 3, or 4.
Note: If you increase this number, you’ll have to make each frame longer to keep your animation at its normal speed.
It’ll look like this when it’s imported:
4) Adjust the length of each frame
If your GIF is limited to every two frames, try changing 0.02 seconds to 0.04. If it’s every four frames, try 0.08.
If you didn’t touch the frame rate, skip this step, fool.
5) Export the GIF
Click “Save for Web” under the File menu.
6) Adjust the size
Your ideal file size is 2 megabytes (or 1MB for Tumblr). If it’s too large, adjust your image size down to no lower than 300 pixels. Bigger is better, but if the GIF is going on Tumblr, 500 is as wide as you’ll need.
You can also play with the lossy and dither settings. The higher the lossy or the lower the dither, the grainier your image will be.
Don’t play with the color settings unless you want a really crappy-looking image; 256 colors should be fine.
7) Finally, save!
High-five yourself. You did it!
We like Imgur as a host for GIFs, but Minus, which accepts images up to 30 megabytes, is another good option. Upload your image, copy the URL, and spread like wildfire. Your life is about to get a whole lot Internet-ier.
What if I just want to make one on my iPhone?
Where can I find those awesome reaction GIFs?
Good question! Here are some excellent resources to bookmark:
-The Definitive Collection of High-Five GIFs
-The 60 Best Breaking Bad GIFs
-Reddit’s favorite 700 GIFs
-A wonderfully well organized reaction GIFs archive
-The 121 Best Dancing GIFs of All Time
-Another collection, with more than 200
All right, you’re ready now. Go forth, friends. And dance. Dance!
Instructions by Neil Gaiman
Touch the wooden gate in the wall you never
Say “please” before you open the latch,
walk down the path.
A red metal imp hangs from the green-painted
as a knocker,
do not touch it; it will bite your fingers.
Walk through the house. Take nothing. Eat
However, if any creature tells you that it hungers,
If it tells you that it is dirty,
If it cries to you that it hurts,
if you can,
ease its pain.
From the back garden you will be able to see the
The deep well you walk past leads to Winter’s
there is another land at the bottom of it.
If you turn around here,
you can walk back, safely;
you will lose no face. I will think no less of you.
Once through the garden you will be in the
The trees are old. Eyes peer from the under-
Beneath a twisted oak sits an old woman. She
may ask for something;
give it to her. She
will point the way to the castle.
Inside it are three princesses.
Do not trust the youngest. Walk on.
In the clearing beyond the castle the twelve
months sit about a fire,
warming their feet, exchanging tales.
They may do favors for you, if you are polite.
You may pick strawberries in December’s frost.
Trust the wolves, but do not tell them where
you are going.
The river can be crossed by the ferry. The ferry-
man will take you.
(The answer to his question is this:
If he hands the oar to his passenger, he will be free to
leave the boat.
Only tell him this from a safe distance.)
If an eagle gives you a feather, keep it safe.
Remember: that giants sleep too soundly; that
witches are often betrayed by their appetites;
dragons have one soft spot, somewhere, always;
hearts can be well-hidden,
and you betray them with your tongue.
Do not be jealous of your sister.
Know that diamonds and roses
are as uncomfortable when they tumble from
one’s lips as toads and frogs:
colder, too, and sharper, and they cut.
Remember your name.
Do not lose hope — what you seek will be found.
Trust ghosts. Trust those that you have helped
to help you in their turn.
Trust your heart, and trust your story.
When you come back, return the way you came.
Favors will be returned, debts will be repaid.
Do not forget your manners.
Do not look back.
Ride the wise eagle (you shall not fall).
Ride the silver fish (you will not drown).
Ride the grey wolf (hold tightly to his fur).
There is a worm at the heart of the tower; that is
why it will not stand.
When you reach the little house, the place your
you will recognize it, although it will seem
much smaller than you remember.
Walk up the path, and through the garden gate
you never saw before but once.
And then go home. Or make a home.
M!A: A gift || Open
A gift: Muse is tied up in a chair or a compromising position with a list of instructions detailing others to do (anon decides) sexual act(s) to them. Anyone who comes across them will be compelled to act out these instructions for (anon decides)
instructions: deny the Doctor an orgasm
The Doctor woke up slowly, wondering why her arms and shoulders hurt. And why she fell asleep in a chair. Without clothes. Reality suddenly came crashing around her and she realized where she was. She was tied to a chair, her arms behind her back and her legs tied to the legs of the chair.
She also didn’t appear to have a stitch of clothing on. She felt goosepimples all over her skin as the surrounding air was comparably cold. Without the faintest idea where she was she called out, “Hello?” If anything, she could find out who did this to her.