How to make a GIF (including sharpening+colouring)
Sure, there’s hundreds of these already and mine don’t come out as good as others, but if you’re curious, here’s how I do it:
- KM Player
- Photoshop CS5 Extended
- 720p Supernatural episodes/the DVD boxsets/Bluray episodes/Bluray boxsets
1. Capturing the screencaps
Open KM Player. Get to the point in the episode you want to gif. Press CTRL+G. This menu will come up. Use these exact settings (you may readjust the specified size):
(If an error message appears, follow this tutorial)
Press start and play the video. It should start to capture the screencaps. Once you’ve reached the end of the point you want to gif, stop the video and stop capturing the screencaps.
2. Putting the screencaps into photoshop
Go to where the screencaps are saved and click and drag the first screencap you want to use into photoshop. So you’ve got this:
Then select the rest of the screencaps you want to gif. Click and drag them over the top of the screencap. You should get this:
Keep hitting enter until all of the layers are there. The cross should disappear when this happens.
3. Animating the layers
For gifs which are about 25+ frames, I set it to 0.1 or 0.13. For gifs shorter than that, I set it to 0.2.
After doing this, you should still have the image at it’s original size, but it will be a gif. Now we have to resize, sharpen and add colouring.
4. Preparing the gif for resizing, colouring etc
First, make sure all of the frames are selected. (If they aren’t, read above again. When all the frames are selected, they should be blue).
Now we need to select the layers.
Click that icon again. ^
Then go to: Filter > Convert to Smart Filters
All of the layers should now look like one layer.
There are three different widths that your gif can be. (Look at them here). If you’re making a 500px gif, you don’t have to crop the image.
If you are cropping then:
For gifsets, I recommend using these settings:
To resize an image:
Image > Image Resize
Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen
I use smart sharpen, though other giffers do differently. My settings are:
You can play around with the radius if you want less/more sharpen. The larger the gif, the more sharpen you might need.
When I’d just started giffing, I’d used Amanda’s colourings (I highly recommend Ramble On. It works well on quite a lot), but I recently made my own which works on pretty much everything and you are free to use.
Learning how to colour things yourself is extremely difficult, and I happened to stumble across the colouring I was making while trying to mimic one I had made in Sony Vegas. Until you have a high knowledge of Photoshop, I suggest you stick to using other people’s colourings (if they have given you permission. Credit if asked, also)
Open the colouring and do the following:
Select the file name that’s your gif.
Your gif and layers should look something ike this:
8. Finishing touches
Sometimes I’ll add a plain white layer. So go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Colour
Change the opacity of the layer to around 15% to get this effect:
When black and white is made visible (a black and white layer is hidden in the colouring folder) I make the opacity 20-30%.
If you want to add subtitles to your gif, I use these settings:
Arial, Bold Italic, (Size of font changes depending on the size of the gif. Just mess around with it). Double click the text layer and a window titled ‘Layer Style’ will open. Tick the box next to ‘Stroke’ and change the 3px to 2px.
It should come out looking like the before and after text above.
Another piece of advice: If you are giffing a scene, and don’t wish to make new text layers and copy the colouring across all the time, just select the two layers from the first gif and duplicate them over to the second, the same way you transferred the colouring.
Sometimes, a colour will come out too strongly. For example, someone’s skin may be too yellow or too red. To change this, just go to Adjustments > Selective Colour (the four triangles symbol). Play around with some of the colours until it looks okay.
9. Saving the gif
File > Save for Web & Devices
A window will open. These are the settings you should have:
The size of your gif is here:
(Mine is miles too big)
Colours: You can get away with lowering the amount of colouring if the gif is too big.
Lossy: Increase the lossy to lower the size of the gif. The maximum lossy I allow is 20, because usually, if I go any higher than that, the gif is too low quality.
Looping options: YOU MUST MAKE SURE THIS SAYS FOREVER. Or the gif will stop once it reaches the end.
I didn’t highlight Dither, but you can decrease that to lower the size of the gif too.
The best way to do it though, is to do this:
I wouldn’t go below 10 frames, though.
Once the size of your gif is below 1mb, save it.
There you go. I hope it came out okay. Here’s my finished product: