I guess the hardest thing is having so much love for you and it somehow not being returned. I develop crushes all the time, but that is just misdirected need for you. You are a hole in my life, a black hole. Anything I place there cannot be returned. I miss you terribly. Ci vedremo lassu, angelo.
Hi! I'm just dropping in to say that I love your voltron gifs! And I was wondering which sharpening settings you use for them? You don't have to answer if you don't want~ Hope you have a nice day! <3
Hey there! Thank you for dropping by with this nice message <3
So since a few people have asked before, I decided to make this post a very short rundown of the sharpening process I usually do! Sorry if any of this is confusing, I tried my best to explain it but if you’re still unsure about something, feel free to DM me for more questions if you’d like!
Sharpening Gifs using Surface Blur + Smart Sharpen
Basically, my sharpening process always involves surface blur and smart sharpen. I’ll show with screenshots the settings I usually pick, but I’m going to assume you already know the first steps of gifmaking so I’m going to skip ahead!
Once you convert the frames to timeline, then convert them to Smart Filters, I usually start with the Surface Blurs. (here’s a screenshot in case you’ve never used it before)
Usually, I do 3 surface blur filters, then 2 smart sharpens in a row, in that order. Each filter I put on, I use progressively lowered settings, like so:
I start with radius at 15, threshold at 8, then lower it a bit with each surface blur.
Next, I go through the Smart Sharpen filter (which is under the Sharpen tab as seen in the first screenshot above). This, I also do with progressively lowered settings, like so:
Only 2 Smart Sharpens though, because I find that over-sharpening doesn’t look so good.
Of course, feel free to play with any of the above settings as you will and see what looks best for you! These are just the standard I pick for myself personally.
THEN I do this other little trick I found. See the filters lined up here?
I right click each one and change the setting to Darken.
I do this for each one. All of them are under the Darken blending option. Once in a while, I experiment and change one of the filters to Soft Light, because it sometimes looks nice depending on the scene I’m gifing.
Again, feel free to play around with all of them though! Lots of options to try out. I heard some people only use one surface blur filter, then just a normal blur layer, and then one smart sharpen. There are lots of ways to play with this. You can also use “darken” on all of them, or just a few of them.
And.. that’s basically it! I think it makes a huge difference and I really love how it looks personally, so I do it all the time. :)
Other tips with gifs + coloring
Just a random piece of advice that I feel has helped me: A gif, no matter how big it is and despite the new 3MB limit, can only hold up to 256 colors. This is why some gifs look grainy even though you feel like you’ve gotten it to the point of being what you feel is the highest quality gif it could possibly be. So to help make it look even better, I personally find that singling out a few key colors and then desaturating the other ones individually through hue/saturation filter, makes an immense difference in the end result. Black/white Gradient Maps help a lot as well!
(Also, I used this video for reference when I first started)
So there you have it. These are the basics of my gifing process. After trying a bunch of different coloring options, I now like to keep it fairly simple when I’m just doing a normal gif/gifset. No need to get too complicated! :)
How are your gifs so clear with almost no dither?! They look amazing ;A;
thanks! they’re honestly not that clean tho haha some of my gifs remain pixelized and dithered no matter how much time i spend on fixing them rip but anyway i’ll just give you some gifing tips that might help:
1. try to use selective colors to unify the colors as much as possible, and try to lessen the hue and vibrancy of the gifs- vibrant and saturated gifs often have too much colors and thus end up looking pixely
2. don’t overdo it with the levels or contrasts- we don’t need to bring out unwanted and off-colored spots
3. use “filter -> sharpen -> smart sharpen” to, well, sharpen and clarify your gif. this method works best for me; i didn’t like the results of other sharpening methods and options tbh. i usually set it to 450
4. to try to smoothen and clean the gif at the end, go to “filter -> blur -> surface blur”. i recommend setting it to no more than 3 and 6
i’m on mobile otherwise i would’ve added some explanatory pictures as well… but i hope that these made things a little easier and clearer for you! also, remember that practice makes perfect. messing up with photoshop and fucking things up is honestly the best way to learn and get better. try and look up some gif coloring tutorials online too. good luck in graphic-making hell buddy ;)
I break down easily, I have a lot of anxiety, I tend to bottle up my thoughts. If I had a really big responsibility like Haruka did in season 2 I’d probably be like her. The thought of people have high hopes in you is…pressuring. I may not be a music genius like her but I try my best in what I can do especially when someone specifically handed the task to me although it may stress me. I specifically gifed that scene because that episode really hits home. Sometimes a person just needs a break and talk to someone, right? I’m glad I have people who I can talk to when I need to so if anyone reading this needs to talk I’d be happy to hear! Just bear with my awkwardness.