For the last few years I’ve had a education subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. Mostly for Fireworks. FW is not going to survive past Mac OS 10.15, Catalina, 2019, 64 bit only. Yesterday I cancelled my sub. I’ll miss FW’s separation of layers & frames in gifs.
I do like a gif. I like to make them in all sorts of ways. Recently I’ve been messing about with Live Photos. The mac Photos app will export gifs from these but they are huge. To my mind a gif should be as small as possible. The other problem wit Live photos is my hands tend to move. Today I tried the iOS app Motion Stills:
Motion Stills is an app from Google Research that uses advanced stabilization and rendering to turn your Live Photos and videos into GIFs
The only problem is that the files are pretty big. I took a photo of a squirrel in the botanic gardens this morning and ran it through the app. The stabilisation was great but the file size for the image was 8.7MB for a 480 × 360 image!
I decided to see if I could shrink it a little and got it down to 331kb. This is how:
- I opened in the Gif in FireWorks
- The gif had 54 frames at 3/100 of a second and one at 6/100 of a second. I deleted every second frame and doubled the length of each.
- The gif was set to have an exact pallet with 256 colours, i changed that to Adaptive and 128 colours.
- I set the loss to 20%
- I made a new layer which was shared across the frames. copied the first frame to that layer and cut out a space for the squirrel in the top layer. This froze most of the image except for the squirrel.
The featured image of this post is the shrunken gif.