Back in the day, animated Gifs we’re really hard to create. You needed a series of images, gif-creation software, and a lot of patience. Often, despite hours of hard work, the end result was, to put it politely, suboptimal.
Part of the problem for creating high-quality animated Gifs is the image format itself. The Gif format was introduced in 1987 and was designed to display simple images with solid blocks of color, such as logos. It was not designed to display complex images such as photography.
That is why most animated Gifs you see are grainy.
What’s also frustrating is browsing over a bunch of animated Gifs at sites like Giphy, finding the perfect emotional reaction shot to bolster a point in your blog post or to use to respond to a conversation on social media only to be dismayed at the horrible quality of the Gif.
But now you can create your own custom-made reaction Gifs. In recent years, there have been a slew of apps released to make the creation of Gifs much easier, far less time-consuming, and upping the quality of the finished product.
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In October, Instagram released the Boomerang app to do just that but the final product is actually a video clip that you can really only use on Instagram or Facebook. What if you want to create an animate Gif that results in a true .gif file?
Enter Tumblr, which released a Gif animation feature last week on it’s iOS App.
How To Make A Custom Animated Gif With Tumblr
The feature is pretty slick. First fire up your iOS Tumblr app and ensure you’re logged into your Tumblr account. Tap the Pencil icon to create a post and you’ll get these options:
Tap the Photo icon and you’ll get an option to snap a picture (at the top of this screenshot) or choose images from your existing camera roll:
You can create a Gif from either an existing video (which will be indicated by the Video Camera icon in the lower left corner of the thumbnail) or a photo burst set (which will be indicated by a Stacked Images icon). Tap the video clip or photo burst you want to turn into a Gif, and you’ll be taken to the next screen, where you can choose a three-second clip:
After you’ve chosen your clip, tap Next and you’ll be able to control the speed at which your animated Gif will play and whether you want it to Loop or Rebound, which will make it play forward and then backward.
Tap Done and you’re ready to post your spanking-new custom-made animated Gif to your Tumblr blog. Add a description and some tags and publish it. Once you’ve published it, you can grab your animated Gif from your blog to use wherever you like. Just go to the post in question and copy the URL of the Gif itself:
Example Animated Gifs Created With Tumblr
I created this scene of construction in Minneapolis using a Photo Burst set of pictures:
Here’s a That Doesn’t Sound Right reaction Gif I created using a video clip:
Unfortunately, Tumblr Gifs appear to be smaller than 400 pixels wide, which is likely due to the limitations of the format and an attempt to maintain the quality of the Gifs themselves. The more you expand an image beyond its original size, the more distortion the image will suffer. Still, kinda lame.
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