tutorial: how to creatively combine gifs in photosets.
So sometimes there is a lot of gifs/scenes you want in one photoset, or you just like the way they look. I think these methods are a fun way to kick up a photoset.
So before you begin, you should know the basics of gif making and how to make higher quality gifs using an alternative method (which I covered in my previous tutorials here) before reading this tutorial.
A lot of combining gifs is about math. Not pull-your-hair-out-algebra, but simple dividing by two. For example, we are going to work on a photoset. One image is 245px across. Instead of rambling, let’s jump in.
Open up your frames into photoshop, and let’s crop the image!
Now since we are going to have two gifs of equal width and height in one image, so we’re going to need to divide 245px (which is the width of an image in a photoset if there is two next to each other)
So divided by 2, 245 is 122.5, but photoshop’ll round it up to 123- that’s fine.
(Side note, crop your image very skinny)
Open up your animation, set your frame speed, reverse frames, set repeat to forever and leave this set alone.
Repeat with a second set of frames! It needs to be the same height and width and should coordinate well with your other set of frames.
Here’s my second gif in photoshop, cropped to match the first gif of stiles;
They are from the same scene so when colored, they should match up quite well. Now, let’s go back to the gif of stiles (the first one)
Go to image > canvas size and change the width to 245. Make sure in this menu;
The arrows point out towards where the new canvas space will be created (you want the gif pushed to the left, so the arrows point out to the right) This is what you’ve got now.
Now we need to do the same to the gif of Allison, but we need to do the opposite. Remember that the checkered white/grey background is transparent.
Once again go to image > canvas size and set the width to 245 and have the arrows pointing to the left (because we want the gif pressed to the right) notice how it’s mirrored.
And this is what we got now for gif 2.
If we were to put the two gifs on top of each other (which is what we are about to do) the transparent side on one gif would be on top of the non-transparent side of the other. Great! That’s just what we want!
On either gif, click this button;
go to select all frames and then copy frames.
Now go to the other gif and click that same button, and click select all frames then this should pop up;
Make sure you check paste over selection and then click ok, and watch what happens!
If you were to push play, both gifs would play at the same time, same speed, and would end at the same time. Only problem is that gif 1 had 14 frames whereas gif 2 only had 13. It’s my fault for not mentioning it earlier in this tutorial. I’m just going to delete the 14th frame and then both gifs will run perfectly together.
There isn’t any coloring and it hasn’t been sharpened yet, but look how cool that is! And there is an unlimited number of combinations you could do, and as long as you keep track of your math you can do anything. Look, here I did the same gif with a different vertical set-up;
It’s a completely different look, and without writing this as I go it took me about five minutes to do. (If you want I can write a specific tutorial for combinations, but the same principles apply for everything you do)
Keep in mind that this method can drastically increase the colors in a gif and can make it harder to save.
bonus + triangle gifs
- load the frames of two different gifs into ps, crop them to b 245px in width and they need to be the same height.
- try to position it so that both gifs can show diagonally.
- Now select all the frames from one gif and paste them over the other gif. One gif should completely cover the other.
- Select the polygonal lasso tool and go from one corner to the other diagonally. ex:
- I’ve used the paint bucket tool to show where the other gif would play.
- Now (and this part sucks) go through all of Allison’s gifs and click delete on each frame to get rid of what’s in the selection, revealing stiles’ gifs.
- To be fair, this isn’t the best scene to use a diagonal cut on, but since it’s a different method I’d thought I’d add it.
I hope this helped, like/share if you enjoyed it and want to pass it on. Feel free to ask me for help if something was unclear.
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