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22nd-Aug-2013 09:46 pm
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I was musing recently about making a gif community. I know that tumblr exists for gifs but thought it would be nice have somewhere on LJ where people could go to post and look at gifs, ask questions, read tutorials, post requests etc. So...supergifs was born!

With awesome help from kj_svala and stir_of_echoes the gif community was created (thank you guys! <33).

Please drop on by and check it out (and join or watch!). There are already a number of posts - including some tutorials on how to make gifs.

And don't worry! We won't be bombarding you with gifs. Just enough to keep you entertained. ;D


Come and join us at
supergifs!

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Comments 
22nd-Aug-2013 01:57 pm (UTC)
Yay!
22nd-Aug-2013 03:37 pm (UTC)
Indeed! :D
22nd-Aug-2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
YESSSSSSS! \o/
22nd-Aug-2013 03:37 pm (UTC)
Woot!

And check those tuts hun. If you need help let me know! <33
22nd-Aug-2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
wooot!!!
22nd-Aug-2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
\o/
22nd-Aug-2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
This is a great idea! I don't make .gifs myself, but I see .gifs on Tumblr all the time that I'd like to link my friends to, but I understand why they get irritated by Tumblr invading this blogspace. Look forward to seeing it!
23rd-Aug-2013 12:18 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm hoping it will be a place where people who are not on Tumblr can see some of the gorgeous works that are over there. And also a place for people who makes gifs to share them on LJ and not just on Tumblr. :))
22nd-Aug-2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
Hey, I just skimmed that comm and maybe you can answer a question for me: is there a way to make gifs without buying expensive software? Because the tutorials looked like they were for specific (expensive?) software or to add specific effects, but I didn't see anything for beginners.
23rd-Aug-2013 12:22 am (UTC)
HI,

That's a good question. I started trying to make gifs on free software. It is out there - if you google "free gif making programs" you'll see a range of programs available. They only real problem is that they are very limited - but for starting out it should at least give you some ideas. I have a mac and I used GIF Animator to start. It wasn't too bad actually.

Good luck! They are great fun to make. :)


23rd-Aug-2013 01:10 am (UTC)
Oh, okay, I thought that was what you meant by tutorials-- like instructions on how to make them.
23rd-Aug-2013 01:38 am (UTC)
Yeah - that's what I mean. I can search for some specific tutorials on programs you are interested in if you like? Each program will have a different ways of making them.

Essentially you need footage, a program to select the section of footage you are after (there are free programs for this also), and then a program to import the footage into. It will then create a moving sequence and turn it into a .gif. Some programs allow you to play with the colour and the size etc.

Is that what you mean?
23rd-Aug-2013 03:58 am (UTC)
Ah, I thought there might be a program already in the computer, like paint.I didn't realize it was that involved.
23rd-Aug-2013 04:53 am (UTC)
Nah, as far as I know there's no gif program that comes with computers. They are pretty involved. Though I have discovered a few new things when searching "gifs for beginners". I will be doing a post with a few links and you can see what there is available. :)
23rd-Aug-2013 01:39 am (UTC)
Oh, I think I've just twigged. You mean that the comm needs tutorials for beginners? I'll see what I can find...
23rd-Aug-2013 04:05 am (UTC)
Yes, sorry I wasn't clear. I meant a tutorial for someone who knows nothing about gifs except "they're pretty!" ;)
23rd-Aug-2013 07:44 pm (UTC)
Handy! Who knows -- if I ever have the time to do something fannish again I might try my hand at it :)
26th-Aug-2013 10:13 am (UTC)
Hey,

Gifs are fun! A bit tricky at first but once you get the hang of it they are quite easy. Though making them look amazing, like so many gif makers, is the real craft I think.
25th-Aug-2013 05:05 am (UTC)
Awesome idea! I think it's just what LJ needs :)
26th-Aug-2013 10:13 am (UTC)
Thanks! That's what I was thinking...;)
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