By Isaac Adams-Hands
For those unfamiliar with memes. It is a technique used by artists to create images that are funny, artistic and/or thought-provoking. Which are then shared on the internet, usually through social media, message boards, and social bookmarking sites for images (like FFFFOUND!).
One popular technique is to animate the meme. The most common process is by creating an animated GIF. This is because GIF’s are light, portable, and accessible on any mobile device.
The easiest non-technical explanation of an animated GIF is by referencing old hand-made flip books. It uses the same method, but using computer animation:
What you will need
4. Several images
Steps in creating an animated GIF:
1. Open Photoshop and make sure “Animation” is enabled
Menu bar >> Photoshop >> Window >> Animation
2. Consolidate your images
3. Align Images
4. Create Animation Layers
Deselect all image layers, then using the duplicate frames button Create the appropriate number of animation frames.
If you don’t deselect the image layers before creating new frames, you will need to manually deselect individual images for every frame set.
5. Correlate the related Frames to Images
To make the animation run smoothly, you need to correlate the related frames to images.
(e.g. Image Layer #9 must be visible on Animation Frame #9)
6. GIF Settings
The Loop count should be “Forever” and set the Frame rate to correlate with your animation (i.e. 0.1 seconds)
7. Save the finished product for Web
Photoshop >> File >> Save for Web & Devices…