This little gem was created in photoshop and was my second GIF ever. Once you get the hang of it you can have lots of fun creating them. It’s kind of like a present you can’t wait to open and when you finally do it’s even better than you expected!
This GIF is quite simple to make. I used 5 different images, each on its own individual layer. Make sure you save each layer separately (use the eye to make a layer visible/invisible). Then follow these steps:
- Window > Timeline
- *CLICK* Create Frame Animation (actually click on it because I’ve skipped this step so many times and have to backtrack to figure out why my GIF won’t work)
- At the top of your Layers Box: Select > All Layers
- In your Timeline Box you’ll see a small drop down menu with three horizontal lines, click it: Create New Layer for Each New Frame
- Click that box again: Make Frames From Layers
- Now you may adjust the time or speed underneath each frame
- Preview the GIF by pressing the play button
- File > Export > Save for Web (Legacy)
This GIF was created by first making the collage in 2-D. I started by scanning the image, you can also photograph it on your iPhone to get it on the computer, and then adjusted the image in photoshop. I selected specific areas and experimented with some filters from the “Filter Gallery”, highlighting only the parts of the image I want the viewer to focus on.
For the GIF aspect I duplicated the portrait of the man and used the “eye dropper tool” to find the color just above his open eyes. To zoom in and out on the picture:
hold ⌘ Command and tap +, hold ⌘ Command and tap -
Working on the second layer I used the “brush tool” to color over his eyes with the light color and then used the eye dropper tool again to select a darker color for the lash line. After I saved each individual layer separately I followed the necessary steps to create the GIF. There are wonderful step by step tutorials online that you can use. The last and final step was to ensure this dude did a very slow blink to emphasize how badly he wants to go home.
As a first time zine-maker I must admit that the process was enjoyable! My initial thought was to compose a collage. I figured that would be the most obvious approach because as art students we’ve all experienced collaging at some point. But this time was different than the rest because I got to use my own original images. When you think of collage your mind races to high school art class when you had to shift through a pile of magazine clippings and pick out imagery that represents who you are. Then you had to paste those images on top of a silhouetted head that is also supposed to represent you… boring. Here we were able to combine original 2-D work with stills of gifs/videos, free-to-use images (thx NY Public Library) and text to convey an idea.
The antiquated looking photos were pulled directly from the New York Public Library digital collection. There are tons, and I mean tons, of free-to-use images on there.
In class we displayed our zine pages and I had a breakthrough. My pages didn’t have to be so tight and proper. Some of my classmates’ pages looked as if they were all bustled together. They were untidy yet totally appealing. Their original works were hurled together in an unpolished layout with appropriated images, scribbles of text and photocopied repeatedly in true zine fashion.
Now, I realize I haven’t totally conformed to the authentic zine spirit but that’s just not my style. So, in an attempt to embrace the zine fashion I experimented with the photocopier and incorporated some corbels. I placed them directly on the scanner and they came out totally awesome! I cut them out and used them in my composition. I love the contrast the scanner provides. *side note: experiment copying with colored paper*
After this collaboration project I feel as if I graduated from a zine novice to an advanced beginner.