Hey Gifboom! It’s @Missbean here! I was asked to do todays’ tutorial Tuesday, so here it is! I’m going to teach you how I make my stop-motion animation gifs!
The first thing you’ll need to do is think of what you want your gif to be about. Get creative! Will it be about a recent topic/issue or will it just be something that you like? Make sure that whatever you come up with, you think you’ll be able to draw it. A few examples of gifs I’ve done in the past are: Flowers growing, A balloon flying up, A tree loosing its leaves and just a simple quote. None of these ideas are too complex as even a simple stop-motion gif done well could look fantastic!
Once you’ve decided on what your gif is going to be about/feature, you will need to start drawing it on a piece of paper. Don’t draw it too big or too small as the next step is to colour it in and cut it out.
I know that some people create their animation by placing everything on a table and taking the photos like that, but the way I do may animation is by sticking the pictures to a wall; so the next thing your going to need is blutack. Get the blutack and stick some on the back of every cut out drawing that you are using in your animation.
Place the drawings on the wall, but not too high up on the wall. I usually place my drawings close to the bottom of the wall as I sit down and take my photos. Tip: Once you’ve sat down and taken the first photo, DON’T MOVE FROM THAT SPOT. The reason I say this is because if you move after you’ve taken the first photo, then you move and take the second photo, the animation will look very jumpy. So stay in the same spot to make the animation look smooth.
When it comes to moving the pictures on the wall after every photo, only move it the tiniest bit, as if you move it a large amount of distance then, once again, your animation will look jumpy. The pictures are moved each photo to make the object look like it’s moving.
I take the photos with my ipod, and I don’t use and gifboom camera as that will make gifs not take photos. So I just use the camera that comes with my ipod. Don’t forget that you can only take 60 photos, then next step will explain why.
Once all of the photos are taken, all you need to do is open the Gifboom app. It’s that simple! No special editing apps are needed, just good old gifboom. Just click the camera button, the click the upload from photos button. Don’t forget that because we’re using gifboom we can only use up to 60 photos (60 Frames). All you need to do then in let gifboom load up the pictures and then you can see what your new animation looks like.
You can change the speed to make it faster or slower if you like, but usually I just leave it at the speed that it’s automatically at. Then you can watermark your gif (e.g. I put @Missbean on all my gifs) Just so no one tries to claim the gif as their own.
So that’s how I make my stop-motion animation gifs. The concept is simple, but depending on the idea and concept of the gif, it could take a while.
Paper, Drawing pencils, Colouring in pencils, Scissors, Blutack, An ipod/iphone and a wall.
STEPS IN A NUTSHELL:
1.) Think of what your gif is going to be about.
2.) Draw your idea on paper
3.) Colour in your drawing/s
4.) Cut out your drawing/s
5.) Put blutack on the back of your drawing/s
6.) Stick your drawing/s on a wall
7.) Sit down and take the first photo
8.) Move the drawing/s only a little bit
9.) Take a photo and repeat steps 8 and 9 until all photos have been taken
10.) Upload photos to gifboom
Thank you! I hope you learned something!
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