how to create a .gif in Photoshop

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I am excited to say that I have a guest post over at Ruche’s blog. If you’ve never checked out Ruche, you should! They have great vintage inspired apparel as well as up and coming trends. I created a quick and easy DIY .gif post. I promise, it’s really easy and you’ll get addicted!

For readers who don’t have Photoshop, I made a tutorial for you!

heart gif - how to make a gif

Happy Monday, everyone!

how to create a .gif in GIMP

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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

staying organized with an rss reader

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The most frequent question I am asked from friends after revealing how many blogs/sites I follow (over 100) is “How do you keep track of them all?” Well, it’s super easy!

First, for those who don’t know what a RSS feed is, read this.

After you know what an RSS feed is and why it’s useful, you’ll want to find an RSS reader. For me, the simplest and easiest to use is Google reader. If you have a gmail email account, you’re all ready to go and if not, sign up here. If you don’t have gmail or don’t want gmail, there are many RSS readers out there, you just have to do some research to find one that suits you.

Once you’ve figured out what kind of reader you’re going to use, go to your favorite blog/website and find the RSS feed icon. It should look something like this: . If you use firefox, you can find it in the URL bar. If you can’t find it there, it can be found any where else on the page. For example, on my website, you can find it in the left hand column, too, as well as at the top.

After you’ve located it, just click on it. It should take you to a page that will give you a choice to add it to your Google reader or another RSS reader.

Google reader makes this even easier. Just copy the URL of the website you want to receive updates from then head over to Google reader, click on the button that says “add subscription”, paste the URL, enter and you’re done!

You’ll start to see a list of the sites on the left hand side. When the website updates with a new blog post or entry or news story or what-have-you, they appear there. They will just be sitting there waiting for you to read them and as soon as you have, they’ll disappear.

After you subscribe to a large number of website, you’ll want to start organizing them. On the Lower left hand side, under your subscriptions, there is a blue link that says “Manage Subscriptions”. This will take you to a list of your subscriptions where you can organize them. To the right of each feed, you will find a drop down menu to “add to folder”. Simply create a “new folder” and that feed will be placed in that folder. After you’ve created a few folders, use the drop down menu to move subscriptions into these folders. Everything I subscribe to fits in these 4 folders:

rss reader subscriptions

If you’re like me and want everything to be accessible on your phone:
iPhone or Blackberry – Google reader mobile website
Andriod – official Google reader app