ercanbozdogan asked: Hi Anthony (or do you perfer mr. Holden? ;) ) You've probably been asked this question a gazilion times, but have you, by any chance, made a tutorial on how you do your gif's? Which program you use, how you export etc etc. I made a gif recently, but could'nt upload it here on tumblr. And when I tried to make it smaller, it lost so much quality that you almost could'nt see what was going on. I used a bitmap based program called TVPaint. Hope you can help! Thanks in advance!
I’ve been meaning to get my hands on a copy of TV Paint. Do you love it?
Formatting gifs for tumblr is super tricky. There are a couple of things that I have figured out.
1) it likes your gif to be either 500 px or 250 px wide.
2) there’s a bunch of mumbo jumbo about sizes up to 1 or 2 megs, but I try to keep stuff under 500k, and that tends to avoid hiccups
3) it won’t let you post gifs in excess of 110 frames (at least I haven’t had success posting anything longer than that).
I do my exporting from Photoshop where I can get a real-time estimate of the final size of a gif. Lowering the resolution and number of colors in your palette are the two options that seem to have the greatest effect on file size. Of course sometimes this makes your content unrecognizable, which is why you see folks splitting things up into gif sets.
I usually just make gifs in black and white or very few colors. Hope some of this helps!!