alexandral: (GoT - Barristan Selmy full of awesome)
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Of course, not the first gif in the history, just the first gif made by me. And it is Barristan Selmy (Barristan the Bold)!!!

Barristan Selmy throws his sword at Joffrey



The only thing I am not happy about is that the gif is a bit slow on it's first loop, I need to think. Do I need to pre-load it (I need to figure out how to do this on lj page)? Does anyone know what is considered to be a good size for a gif? Mine is around 1.5MB. Is this big? Does anyone know any tips to make a gif lighter ?

But overall, I am pleased. This is quite easy. Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] viennajones and [livejournal.com profile] blueocean80

PS: The gif it totally free to share , take it if you like!

Date: 2011-06-06 09:12 pm (UTC)
ginger001: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ginger001
Which program do you use to create the gif? I use the imageready that comes with PS... and I use some tools it has to accelerate the movement and also to low the quality so it isn't that heavy...

Date: 2011-06-06 09:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
I used Photoshop CS3 extended. It didn't have image ready. I lowered the quality a bit but I need to look more into it. What size are your big gifs?

Date: 2011-06-06 09:23 pm (UTC)
ginger001: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ginger001
Lately I made them 400 px wide and the heaviest are 1 mb something (1.50 mb tops the ones I've checked). I think I haven't reached 2 mbs... But yours is bigger so it's kind of normal is heavier. My PS is older and it came with the imageready so I don't know how to get the quality/size at a point where both are okay, sorry :S

Date: 2011-06-06 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
I resized to 400 px and it is about 1.5MB now. I will think of more ways! But it is not as slow to lod the first time now. I dl-ed some optimizer but it was actually useless.
Edited Date: 2011-06-06 09:36 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-06-06 09:16 pm (UTC)
ginger001: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ginger001
Btw, it looks good and the pace of it is okay, imo ^^

Date: 2011-06-06 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
Thank you! I feel there might be a way to lower the size.

Date: 2011-06-06 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lydzi.livejournal.com
BAMF FIRST GIF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: 2011-06-07 08:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
hee !Am so proud!

Date: 2011-06-06 11:33 pm (UTC)
intermezzo: (Default)
From: [personal profile] intermezzo
Ah, I forgot to tell you. If you that you can lower the size of your gif not only by resizing it, but also by "optimizing" it.

Doing that with image ready is quick and easy. You let the Optimize gif window pop up and then tweak the values there. You can lower the number of colors, add or remove dithering, etc.

Btw, every gif is slow on its first loop.

Date: 2011-06-07 08:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
I don't have image ready in my version of Photoshop (CS3 extended). There must be some optimization features somewhere, I will look for them. However, the strange thing was that when I d-led a separate oprtimisation program and tried to optimise my gif, it actually became bigger. Which probably proves it that Photoshop optimised it already. but I am going to look for more optimization features.

Date: 2011-06-06 11:49 pm (UTC)
ext_9355: (spn : jensen. yet another flavor.)
From: [identity profile] bond-girl.livejournal.com
OMG I NEED TO WATCH THIS EPISODE. Those actors are killing it.

Just putting in my vote: I kind of really prefer the ostentatiously big, good quality gifs like that.

Date: 2011-06-07 08:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
It was one great ep. Oh, thank you. I also think so. really, all I want is to make it a little smaller (I think under 1MB for a good quality gif will be fine).

Date: 2011-06-07 08:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baleanoptera.livejournal.com
This is so cool! I hope we can expect more of the same quality?
Also, I might just need a Barristan icon now. *g*

Date: 2011-06-07 08:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
hehe! I mainly aim to make some animation icons, but yes, this seems such fun and I am definitely going to make more.

the Barristan icon in this post is totally shareable - I added it to the icon post ( http://alexandral.livejournal.com/349050.html )

Date: 2011-06-07 04:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roboticduck.livejournal.com
I have always wanted to make gifs, you are living my dream!! :D This is a great one, I like the font too. Plus it captures a great moment, because right before someone snarked that he would be a naked knight or something, and then he shut them all up.

Date: 2011-06-07 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
This was something I kept wanting to learn as well, and I finally gave in.

Date: 2011-06-08 02:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wildtiger7.livejournal.com
Very well done! It looks good to me. :)

Date: 2011-06-08 05:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
Thank you os much!!!!!

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