In this Instructable I will show you how to create an Animated GIF using an iPhone and the Gifboom application. GIFs are a really fun way to help your project stand out among other ibles and to help you explain your process with greater detail.
What is an amimated GIF?
A form of computer image that moves as an animation, because it consists of frames, like a movie with no sound. - Urban Dictionary
Why Do I Need My iPhone Headphones?
When creating your animated GIF, you will want your camera to be as steady as possible. This is why I use a tripod and the headphone cable. The volume control on your headphone cable acts as a shutter release. When you press volume Up or DOWN it takes a photo. This is important to get really still photos so that your GIF appears to be seamless.
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Step 1: Taking Your Photos
Set Up Your Camera:
Taking Your Pictures:
I decided to animate my custom valve cap screwing itself onto my tire stem as an example. There are a bunch of ways that you can use to illustrate your projects and ideas. I took about 40 photos to get the feel I wanted. The Gifboom application we will be using in this Instructable only supports up to 60 images.
I posted the first 3 frames of my animated GIF to give you and idea of the sequence. The rest of my frames were created by turning the dice a little bit and then shooting a photo.
Step 2: Creating Your GIF With GifBoom
I used the Gifboom app for several reasons:
There are a bunch of applications for creating GIFs in the iTunes store. I only have apple devices, but I believe these instructions can be used for other brands of phones and tablets.
Let's create your animated GIF: (use included photos above for reference)
Step 3: 5SecondsApp - Animated GIF Creator
This app was recommended by a fellow Maker. I found this app very easy to use and didn't have to join a site or enter my personal details to create GIFs. The finished GIF saves easily to my camera roll, it's very handy.
Download the 5SecondsApp for iPhone for free, HERE.
You can't add music - no biggy
Creating your GIF:
This app is really easy to use and navigate and doesn't require that you are connected to wi-fi or data.
Step 4: Adding Your Animated GIF To Your Instructable
After you are satisfied with your GIF and have emailed it to yourself, it is time to add it to your Instructable. This step is the exact way you would upload a photo to your Instructable.
Placing your GIF as the first file will set it as the default image. When members choose your Instructable, the GIF will be the first thing they will see. This moving picture can be very engaging and may encourage your viewer to continue to read your whole project.
Please feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below. If you do create a GIF with these instructions, please share it with me by selecting the "I Made It" button. I would love to see what you create.