Tuesday, March 5, 2013

How to: Create a GIF for Your Blog from Guest Blogger, Libbie

Hello everyone!

I'm Libbie from I'm With Mr. Carkhuff, a blog about nothing in particular, and THE Hobo Siren has asked me to write a tutorial for y'all about posting gifs in your blog posts. I know, unbelievable, right? I don't have much experience writing posts for more than ten readers tops, so bear with me! 

First of all, what is a "gif"? Can I eat it? 

Gifs are those magical, elusive moving pictures on the internet that lazy real bloggers use in their posts when they can't think of anything to say want to provide their readers a more interesting, fulfilling blog-reading experience. Want to learn how? Let's get started! 

There are actually a lot of gifs just floating around on the internet that you can find by searching "[name of movie, show, etc.] gif" into your search engine of choice.

This one says, I'm knowingly deluding myself:

Had a bad day, but don't want to talk about it? Use this to denote "ugly crying.":

Once you find one you can't live without, you can use it in your post just as you would any other image, by saving them to your computer and adding them to your post using the image icon in blogger editor. They're a perfect way to say so much without you having to do any extra work.

But what if you want to say something like, I thought I liked my hair but my husband doesn't and it makes me sadbut there is nothing on the internet that fully encompasses your self-conscious despair?

That, my friends, is when you have to make your very own gif.

First, decide how many pictures you will need to make your gif. You can use as few as two, and as many as infinity (or 10). For instance, for my gif I used these three pictures:

As you can tell, the pictures do not need to be flattering, or even in focus! 

After you have your images saved to your computer, you're ready to start thinking about making your gif, but first you must decide what gif creator you want to use on the internet. My personal choice is the Picasion GIF Maker, but there are lots of other sites you can find that will get the job done just as nicely. After that, it's as easy as 1-2-3-4-5!

1. Upload your photos.
2. Choose how large you want the final gif to be.
3. Choose a speed (this will affect how quickly the pictures change; the one I made here is "normal" speed).
4. Select "Create Animation".
5. Save the file to your computer and enjoy your new life as a gif expert.


  1. I guess you don't fully realize how strange you are until you see a picture of yourself like that on someone else's blog. I enjoyed the experience no less. Thanks Summer!

  2. @lj there is no better way to capture my heart than any sort of Arrested Development reference. Love the gif!

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