How to make GIFs online
What is a GIF
GIF is a an image format that can support up to 256 distinct colours. It also supports animations. An animated GIF is made of frames(images) which are displayed in succession with specified time delay. Each image frame in a GIF animation has a time dealy, which specifies how long a frame should be shown.
How to make a GIF animation
Animated GIFs can be made using various graphics softwares like Adobe Photoshop and GIMP. But the easiest way to make a GIF online is using GIFPALonline gif animator. GIFPAL is an online application that lets you create animated GIFs using webcam and images. There is no need to download a software or register an account. And GIFPAL service is provided for free. Now you can also make animated profile pictures for Twitter and Windows Live Messenger.
We are creating tutorials about creating GIFs using GIFAPL.com.
Here are some video tutorials made by other people on youtube.
Youtube video (english)
Youtube video (Espanol)
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Saving and Sharing GIFs
Once you have created your GIF, you can download it or save it online.
You can play animated GIFs in your favourite web browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
Please note that some image viewers like Windows Photo Viewer and Picasa don't show GIF animations, they show only first frame of the animation.
You can save your GIF animation online and publish it in online gallery and let everyone view and rate it (not available in the Education Edition).
But if you don't choose to publish it in the gallery and save it online then only people with the link to your GIF animation will be able to view it.
A GIF that is saved online can be shared using facebook, twitter and other social services and you can create GIFs for Tumblr.