GIF is a bitmap image format, which was found in 1987 by CompuServe. It was introduced to the World Wide Web because of other platform’s support and portability. GIF supports about 8 bits per pixel for every image, which allows a single image to construct its own palette of 256 different colours that is selected from a 24-bit RGB colour space. This format also allows animation and single palettes, which comprise of 256 different colours for every single frame. This is the core reason why GIF format isn’t suitable for duplicating coloured photographs or other images that have multicolour. It therefore serves a better cause to graphics or logos that have solid areas of colour. Our infographics design company has identified this new trend of gifographic and is performing a complete evaluation of its benefits to online companies.
If viewed alone, GIF images might not be as captivated and engaging as they are when combined together. Gifographics are the most efficient way of acquiring several likes, shares and links within a matter of few minutes, which is ‘gold for SEO.’ Although gifographics existed since 2012, it wasn’t actually formulised until a blogger named Jeca Martinez who posted it, titled ‘An animated infographic,’ this gave birth to gifographic. Partner with our infographics design company to explore this new and modern technique which can considerably boost your SEO efforts.
How are Gifographic Made
Gifographics come with several benefits and various companies are shifting their attention towards this revamped method as opposed to infographics. Our infographics design company has identified this change of direction from infographics to gifographics. Here are steps to make a gifographic using Adobe Photoshop:
Craft a Storyboard
A common functional difference between infographic and gifographic is that gifographic is similar to a video tutorial as compared to a written guide. If you are looking to guide your viewers every step of the information being presented then gifographics are the most appropriate method to use. Once you have gathered the details on a gifographic the next step is to create a storyboard, keeping in mind that it needs to be scripted like a video. To begin with, it is always good to know what frames you will need, before you start to separate your source images. It is very similar to sketching a frame on a notepad. Our team of highly talented infographics designers will make sure to take you through every step of designing to obtain your approval before moving on to the next stage.
Create a Draft of an Infographic
Following the sketching of frames, you will also need to develop a draft of an infographic which our infographics designers will more than happily design. It doesn’t have to be colourful or detailed but enough so to show you a clear vision of how it will look at the end. A gifographic is nothing new but it is a revamped version of infographic, which includes combining a series of infographic to make the video tutorial.
Access the PSD file of an Infographic or Template
Once you have produced a rough draft of an infographic, begin with areas you wish to modify. Use editing options such as cut, rotate, move and add to the existing images or icons on your storyboard to slowly transform the static infographic into a fun and interactive gifographic. Our expert team of infographics designers is well versed in the mentioned editing tools and creates professional frames.
Save and Number Image Files in a Seperate Folder
To avoid confusion it is better to save each frame separately and number each image so when times come to compile the gifographic all you have to do is stack them together.
Load Images into a Stack
To being stacking, click “File>Scripts>Load files into stack.” To give it a final touch don’t forget to check the animation window and layer panel.
Showcase your Frames
Usually by default, only one frame selected to be displayed in the animation window. To change this, select “Palette Options>Makes Frames from Layers.” If you find the images in reverse or wrong order, to change this simple click on “Palette Option>Reverse Layers.”
Determine the Animation Speed
The standard speed of an animation is one second. You can preview your animation after you have constructed everything to determine if you want to increase or decrease animation speed. Once you have set your desired animation speed, don’t forget to set the loop to “forever.” Once done, save your work.
Begin to Share it Everywhere
You are now ready to share your hard work with the world and access great online places such as Pinterest, which reach to the masses to help curate it. It won’t be long before people begin to share it with other various content websites and on blogs. Watch how people start to appreciate your masterpiece as it is shared around.
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