DIY: moving pictures

by Abigail Percy on August 14, 2006

in Resources

Cats

This may not be a craft link, but it’s a wonderful tutorial about how to make something crafty and cunning for your blog.

Animated gifs!

Follow Fluffy’s wonderfully clear directions as she walks you through making your own moving pictures… make your craft blog illustrations a bit special and unusual, a bit different

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1 jessica August 15, 2006 at 12:27 am

this is neat..will try it. thanks.

2 rejiquar August 16, 2006 at 11:53 pm

Not sure you’re doing your readers a favor here—a lot of website design folk think very little of the practice of putting animated doohickies on one’s website, and I have to say I too detest them, because they’re distracting and annoying.

If there was a way to have the animated gif cycle through once and then stop, it might be ok, but otherwise it just screams `amateur-i’m-begging-for-attention’ to me.

3 Caren August 17, 2006 at 4:44 am

Well, each to their own — it’s not the technique at fault but what people do with it. I like giving people a chance to try something their way.

4 Louie May 29, 2007 at 10:34 pm

As a web designer, I have to chime in and say animated gifs on a site are usually bad news. The few exceptions, however, are when you make the animation minimal, or very infrequent. A recent animation I made features a customized smiley face that blinks, looks left, blinks again. To keep the animation from being distracting, I left about 10 seconds between noticeable movements in the gif, and then the movement was minimal. It made for a larger gif, yes, but not so much that it was huge. Animation can add subtle life if done right. Great tutorial, though!

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