Affinity Photo is a reliable program that has worked wonders for me in the past couple of weeks since I’ve had it. Not only am I capable of developing unique title designs, fantasy landscapes, and movie posters, but I can also illustrate and paint. I feel better knowing that I have something I could depend on for all of my creative endeavors.
Hopefully, there will be employment opportunities…
Prior to the purchase of Photo, I have read that it lacked the ability to develop animated GIF files. That would seem like a real buzz-kill for most people that thrived on Photoshop’s Motion work space.
Yes, Photoshop is awesome when it comes to saving files for the web.
But it can be a pain in the butt, too.
Depending on the file size, like those with many layers, Photoshop can take a long period of time to export a whole GIF. I remember, one time, when I had to wait for ten minutes.
It was like Photoshop was in labor. It had to take it’s time pushing, in order to give birth to a single GIF. And if it wasn’t really up to exporting, the whole program would shut down completely. The debacle lead to an overheated notebook computer.
The only time it was easy creating GIFs was building the scenes in After Effects, and then exporting them to Photoshop.
In a way, for Affinity Photo to currently not have this particular feature is a blessing in disguise. Perhaps, Serif can figure out some way to make GIF-building less of a headache, if they ever decide to upgrade Photo with Motion functionality.
But where does that leave people who enjoy making GIFs?
I went digging around for possible solutions. And there are many. It’s almost overwhelming how many GIF apps are currently out there. While app-surfing, I came across GIPHY Capture. This application creates animated GIF files straight off of one’s desktop.
It’s free and quite simple to use.
How it works is by dragging it’s green screen to hover over the intended motion target, and it will record from it. So anyone carrying around video editing or motion graphics software are in serious luck here!
Once the recording is complete, users can shorten the timeline, as well as edit the loop from standard, reverse, or even the ping-pong (the cool one) effect. Users may also add a caption or two, as well as change it’s color. And if anyone likes to add their watermarks onto their GIFs, then the app has a shortcut for that.
If all is good, then it can be exported to one’s computer, or to GIPHY.com, where people upload and share their GIFs with a whole community of GIF-loving people.
Here are several that I have made since getting my hands on this thing:
These are from a VFX project that was completed at UCLA Extension earlier this year. It features scenes from the film, Lucy (2014). See Resources for further details below.
I have no claim over the production. This was simply a class assignment.
Just to show how it works, here is a video of myself using the app along with Final Cut Pro to produce GIFs.
For those who are without Photoshop CC and like to create GIFs, check out GIPHY Capture.
Resources: https://giphy.com http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2872732/ https://www.pexels.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyjCtpvpBPw