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March 13, 2013

GIFS: Your Pet Photos In Motion

Even if you don’t recognize the name, you have almost certainly seen a gif-type file somewhere online.  Not quite photos, not quite videos, gifs are a fun in between that work like an automatic, looping slideshow.  Gifs are quirky and fun and I think that makes them perfect for sharing
Even if you don’t recognize the name, you have almost certainly seen a gif-type file somewhere online.  Not quite photos, not quite videos, gifs are a fun in between that work like an automatic, looping slideshow.  Gifs are quirky and fun and I think that makes them perfect for sharing those quirky and fun moments our pets seem to deliver on a daily basis.  Making a gif used to require you use Photoshop, but nowadays they are so easy to make that even a chump like me can do it!  Here’s the first one I made of Eko. Rhodesian Ridgeback

This Windy City vignette is a compilation of seven different photos

My second attempt featured Eko welcoming a guest to my party last weekend

Rhodesian Ridgeback

“Welcome!  Got any treats?”

If you want to make a gif the process is very straightforward:

1. Select 3-10 photos you want to use.  In the above examples I used the rapid shot  feature on my camera to get a lot of photos in a short burst.  The shots don’t have to be in sequence though, you can use photos from over a day, week or even a year to tell your story.

2. Upload your photos in order to a site like Gickr or Gifninja, click to continue and download your newly created gif.

3. Enjoy!  You can post gifs to wordpress, tumblr or anywhere else just like you would a normal photo.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Eko didn’t exactly enjoy this water spray but we get to enjoy the gif at least!

Gifs can also be made with movie files, so I’m going to be experimenting with  that to see what I can come up with.  Hope some of you enjoy making gifs of your pets  – if you have any questions feel free to drop me a line.  If you do make a gif be sure to let me know where I can check it out!

Comments for GIFS: Your Pet Photos In Motion

  1. Tiffany F. says:

    Awww, he looks so cute with those ears of his flapping around! =)

  2. Gizmo says:

    Thank you! I thought it was still a Photoshop thing but now I know better…I’m going to work on a couple and will post them to the blog when they’re done I love your top one here…Eko looks so noble

  3. wow cool – thanks for the links :o)

  4. Victoria says:

    i will give this a shot and let you know if i can get it to work for me – very creative and Eko as usual is adorable

  5. Very cool. This is like that new Vine app that’s been going around! Totally trying this.

  6. emma says:

    Very cool! Mom does a lot of those photo bursts and says when she flips through them it is like the old fashioned movie on a deck of cards but we did not know about these programs, thanks for sharing!

  7. oooooo I wanna try this! When Roxi and Pixie play it makes me laugh. I would love to share it this way!

  8. That’s fab, thanks for sharing. Will definitely try that out

  9. onebluedog says:

    Cool! I love how Eko’s ears fly around in the wind 🙂

  10. writetowag says:

    Looking forward to doing one of these, thank you for sharing!!!!

  11. oooooh I love the first one with Eko’s ear and the wave in harmony : )

  12. AWESOME Will, I love those ones you’ve made with Eko…ear flop flippin’ in the breeze, adorable. I always wondered how these are done. I do want to make one…so fun!

  13. aud says:

    Will, can Eko father children? If so, I would like to pre-order 2 of them. Thanks.

  14. Gotta love the ears, I remember the video when you first posted it.

  15. caitlin says:

    What a great tip. Thanks for sharing! Gonna have to try it with Chick.

  16. Kate says:

    Those blowing ears! Too cute. I’m guessing he curled up by the fireplace after this?

  17. Will, look – you and Eko have inspired William Wegman! 😉 “Dog photog William Wegman gets in on the animated GIF revival with – what else? – a cute puppy” http://social.blurb.com/dcQ

  18. Jessica says:

    Thank you for sharing this great idea! I have actually seen GIFS featured on some food blogs, with amazing results! By the way- I had no idea Eko’s ears have so much personality! 🙂

  19. Gizmo says:

    Will & Eko I tried making my first gif today…didn’t have the best pictures to use, but it’s fun anyway and very simple as promised…thanks

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