I’m joining the GIF FIght
again. This time we were given a pair of stark white mannequins to work with. I like to give some time to thinking about my projects before I start them. [Link to past example of my non-linear creative thought process.
] I had a couple of ideas in mind that would use existing GIFs that I could riff off of like Alan Levine’s (@Cogdog) blue caterpillar
. It didn’t work here, but I’m going to use it someday. I then tested out what it would take to move the arms to have them hold hands. It could be done, but with more work than I had time for. My daughter is getting married on Saturday and if I wanted to complete this DS106 Headless13 Week 2 AnimatedGIFAssignment1190
I needed to get it done now.
I then had the idea of giving this lovely headless couple pumping hearts. I tried my luck over at Microsoft Clip Art, but again nothing seemed to work. A Google image search on animated heart and GIF was fruitful and led me to a whole bunch of free heart GIFs at: http://www.picgifs.com/graphics/hearts/ Using Adobe Photoshop CS5
- I opened the animated heart GIFs which show up with all of the layers intact.
- Combined the two heart GIFs with the mannequin base layer
- Selected all of the layers for the hearts
- Moved them into place
- Enlarged the small heart layers to match the size of larger heart.
- Created the animation frames by selecting the appropriate layers. There is no need for merging of layers when using the full version of Photoshop.
- Resized the entire image to 350px by 500px making sure it would be less than 1Mb so Tumblr would accept it.
- Previewed at 256 colors, liked it and saved as a GIF.
To complete the process I uploaded my completed GIF to my Tumblr account, wrote up this blog post, and posted to Twitter and our DS106 Google plus community.
Past GIF FIght Entries:
Other links to animated hearts I decided not to use.