how to create a .gif in GIMP


If you read my gif tutorial over at Ruche but don’t have Photoshop, don’t worry because it’s even easier for non-Photoshoppers! There is an awesome FREE substitute for Photoshop called GIMP. You can download it here.

  1. Before opening GIMP. I suggest naming your photos in the order you want them to appear. I have 3 frames so I simply named them 1,2, and 3. Open GIMP. Go to the File Menu, select Open as Layers. Select your 3 images together by holding down the ctrl button and clicking on each image. Then click Open.
    frame 1 - steph heart - how to create a gif frame 2 - steph heart - how to create a gif frame 3 - steph heart - how to create a gif
  2. In the Layers window, make sure your images are in reverse order. You read that right. So image 3 should be at the top. You can do this by clicking on the image layer then clicking on the up or down arrows according. (Note: If your Layers window isn’t visible press ctrl+l or you can find it under the Windows menu, Dockable Dialogue, select Layers.)
    layers - show to create a gif
  3. Go to the Image menu, select Scale Image. Resize the image to size that you want, I suggest a width no larger than 500 pixels. The width my my blog is 420 pixels, so that’s what I chose. Then click Scale.
    scale image - how to make a gif
  4. Go to the Filters menu, select Animation, select Optimize (for GIF). This will create your .gif. Now save! Go to the File menu, select Save. After naming the file, click Save. This will prompt an Export File window. Make sure you select Save as Animation, then click Export.
    export file - how to create a gif
  5. After that, a Save as a Gif window will open. Under Animated GIF, change the Delay time. I suggest 1000ms (=1 second) but do what you want.
    save as gif - how to create a gif
  6. Enjoy!

heart gif - how to make a gif

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