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Like instant film and harem pants, GIFs are making quite the comeback.
They may have had an awkward start back in their earlier days, but now GIFs are easier to craft and looking better than ever thanks to lasers, smart phones, and good old fashioned creativity.
We found the raddest and baddest ways to make and show off GIFs from real-life GIF zoetropes to making your phone’s background animated.
Creepy dancing Ally McBeal baby, step aside. There are new GIFs in town.
Main image credit: GIF Shop
1. History of the GIF
Like the adolescent years, many of the earlier GIFs were animated awkwardly and sometimes spastically.
Yet their ability to capture animation captured our own beating hearts by providing us the means to make a more dynamic kind of photo or illustration.
Like Batman. With kittens. Awww.
GIF via this isn’t happiness.
2. Hey iPhone, you GIF?
Android users: As of now, we haven’t found stellar GIF apps for Android, but we’ll update here if any better ones pop up!
3. The Cinemagraph: The Glorified GIF
First introduced by the talented team of photographer Jaime Beck and motion designer Kevin Burg, these sophisticated GIFs took the web world by storm, eliciting oooo’s and aah’s from fascinated viewers.
4. GIF up your iPhone screen!
With some patience and this custom lockscreen tutorial, an animated iPhone lockscreen will soon be yours to rock and roll.
Warning to tech n00bs—this requires quite some tinkering to work, so proceed with caution and extra patience!
5. The Real World: GIF edition
Nope—thanks to Greg Borenstein & Scott Wayne Indiana, the creative folks who make GIF zoetropes at Physical GIFs!
Physical GIFs are based on the persistence of vision: when a series of frames moving quickly is perceived as one moving image by your eyes and brain.
Each frame of a GIF is carved by lasers out of plexiglass, and then the frames are animated with the use of a spinning disc and a strobe light. See one in action in this video!
They’ve recently reached their fundraising goal on Kickstarter, so expect to see some real-time GIFs proudly displayed on some lucky coffee tables soon!
6. Turn Videos into GIFs!
GIF created from video featuring Raoul Ortega and filmed by David McClymonds.
GIF me more
Thanks to David Fitzsimmon’s for the Wiggle 3D photo! Check out his rad animal photo book Curious Critters, too!
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