Fun with GIF files...

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Title Insurance with First American Title

I love Animated GIF files! Especially when they’re not running in an annoying advertisement banner. Don’t forget how useful and fun this old legacy technology can be. With a little imagination they can used artistically and convey a point like no other effort.

With GIF files, you can create an interesting collage very quickly without all the hassles of video editing. GIF files allow you a simple pic to pic framework thatss all wrapped up in one neat little package.

In this example... I took two treatments of the same image I created in Picnik.com (it's a kind of lights on lights off presentation). I saved the two versions of the image to my hard drive then went online to Picasion.com and uploaded them to the GIF creator. I have a few options like picture size, frame rate, and how many images I want to use. Also I can choose to link to the finished file online (stored on Picasion's server) or download it to my PC.

It’s a free online app. You can create any series of images you choose. Today's fun was playing with an image I took at 12th and Jackson when I was driving through the International District in Seattle.

Have fun...

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Dagny Eason
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That looks like a lot of fun!    Thanks so much for sharing that so we all can learn how to do it.

Jan 08, 2012 01:56 PM #1
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I really enjoy photo editing apps. Thanks for this technique. 

Jan 08, 2012 02:06 PM #2
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Rene', I've toyed with GIF files a little but didn't know there was a free app online to make it simple.  How nice. Thanks for sharing the info.

Jan 08, 2012 02:44 PM #3
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Oh My, Rene!

Interesting effect with something so simple.

I read your intructions without absorbing any of them.

Like the effect none the less

Phil

Jan 08, 2012 04:34 PM #4
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Rene, How fun,  I am going to have to bookmark this and play with it this week!

Jan 08, 2012 04:51 PM #5
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Dagny: It is fun and it's really easy to do. Thanks for stopping by.

Jan 09, 2012 02:28 AM #6
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Kim: This is my favorite gif creator and the easiest one to work with... and it's FREE!

Jan 09, 2012 02:29 AM #7
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Judi: Every once in a while it hits me, let's make a GIF file and I surf away looking for an app. Often I couldn't find any. Recently I was looking again and they're everywhere. Picasion was my favorite.

Jan 09, 2012 02:31 AM #8
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Phil: It's fun... You can use any series of photo's or images. 

Jan 09, 2012 02:38 AM #9
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Jo: The legacy aspect of it cracks me up! It's just retro enough to be really fun.

Jan 09, 2012 02:40 AM #10
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Rene, I love things like this. I already spend too much time fooling around with my pictures but this I can't resist!

Thanks.

Jan 09, 2012 02:52 AM #11
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Hi Greg... That's the way it hit me too! I stumbled onto it a while back and just had to play!

Jan 09, 2012 03:26 AM #12
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Hi Rene - Thanks for the tip - I've seen animated GIF's for years and had no idea it was that easy to create them. I've bookmarked your post for future reference and when I get a bit of time, I'll play around with this.

Jan 09, 2012 03:51 AM #13
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Dick: Careful, they're addicting! :O) The comments here on GIF's have given me a couple of ideas. I'll have to play with it this evening!

Jan 09, 2012 04:37 AM #14
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This actually gives me an idea for my posts about homes that I use on Activerain and other blogs. Because the advantage to .GIF files is you can add a link to them just like any other picture.

Jan 15, 2012 06:47 AM #15
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Hi Todd... Yes, the link! That to me is what's so cool about it. And on Picasion you can use several images and set the timing. Have another idea myself today about using .gif files... coming soon in a post near you!

Jan 15, 2012 11:12 AM #16
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Corey Lee Miner
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Thanks for the info. I played with this last night and it was pretty cool.

Jan 27, 2012 03:10 AM #17
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Hi Cory... Right on, thanks for stopping by.

Jan 27, 2012 03:27 AM #18
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