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Chapter 12. Creative Techniques > Creating Animated GIFs

Creating Animated GIFs

In Chapter 10, we discussed GIF files but decided to wait until this chapter of special techniques to delve into one of the more interesting uses of GIFs—animation. GIF animations are widely used on Web pages as a device to help draw special attention to particular icons, graphics, or logos. But they can also be used as a way to deliver compact little “movies” from a limited number of video images, or from a single still photo. In addition to posting animated GIFs to the Web, you can share them with friends by including them as e-mail attachments. To view your animation, all your recipient need do is open the GIF file from within their Web browser.

Animated GIFs contain a sequence of images that are displayed sequentially, like a flipbook, creating the illusion of motion (Figure 12.60). Like all GIF files, they can be displayed in most Web browsers and have a relatively small file size because of their compression and limited color palette.


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