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How to animate images with GIMP

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How to animate images with GIMP: Have you extrapolated a series of frames from a video and would like to use them to make an animated GIF? Have you taken some photos in sequence and would like to combine them to create an animation to share on social networks and Internet sites? If there is installed on your PC GIMPyou can do it in no time.

In fact, you should know that GIMP, the famous free alternative to Photoshop available for Windows, Mac and Linux, has a function that allows you to import various images, merge them and export them easily in the form of an animated GIF. Read the directions on how to animate images with gimp I’m about to give you and try it now.

To learn how to animate images with gimpthe first step you need to take is to start the program and select the item Open as layers from the menu File. In the window that opens, go to the folder where the images you want to use to create your animation are located, select them all by doing Ctrl + Click (or cmd + click, on Mac) and click on the button You open to complete the import.

An image will be created with the resolution of the first photo selected as resolution and the other files imported into GIMP as layers. This means that if the images you choose aren’t the same size, you have to to adapt smaller ones to larger ones or crop those that have too high a resolution.

To do this, view the photos that make up the image layers one by one and evaluate if you need to retouch them by making them smaller or larger. You can view the images that make up the various levels by going to the box Layers – Brushes (the one located on the right) and removing the icon ofeye from all levels except the one you want to analyze in detail.

To resize one of the photos you want to use for animate images with GIMPselect it scale tool from the toolbar located on the left side of the screen, click on the photo and use the indicators that appear to enlarge or reduce the image. If any steps aren’t clear to you, read my guide on how to resize an image with GIMP.

If, on the other hand, you want to crop the entire animation canvas, and then reduce the size of all the images that are part of its layers, select the crop toolmark with the mouse the picture you want to cut out and press the button Enter of the PC keyboard to make the changes effective. When the operation is completed, activate the display of all levels again by clicking on the white space where the eye icon was previously (which will reappear).


Now all you have to do is save your image as an animated GIF, so each layer will automatically turn into a frame. To do this, select the item Export from the menu File by GIMP. So choose the folder in which to save the animation, type a name that ends with the extension .gif in the field First name and click the button Export located at the bottom right.

In the window that opens, put the check mark next to the item As an animationsets the time interval that must pass between one frame and another in the field Delay between frames where not specifiedmake sure there is a check mark next to the item Perennial cycle (so that the animation goes on in a loop) and click on the button Export to save the animated GIF.