Since Facebook allowed to post little animated files, GIFs became very popular. This sort of file is actually very old (first introduced in 1987) and I remember it already from my Windows era. GIFs with only a few simple frames are very easy to make. With some feeling for motion, you can easy get it done.
Although in this post I’m not going to write how to create them but how to post them on Facebook and Instagram since this two procedures slightly differ. Because I’m using Adobe Photoshop for creating this animated files, the following instructions will be referring to this program.
1. GIF ON FACEBOOK
When you’re satisfied with your result, you have to save the file properly. In the menu panel search for File and then click on Save for Web option. In the file list choose GIF and click Save. Now that you have a file saved on your computer, you can post it on your Facebook Timeline or Page. Before you do that, you have to upload it on any server you have.
Facebook allows posting only GIFs from other internet sources. Which means that you can’t just upload them on your Timeline like photos. When the animation you want to share with your friends is successfully on a server, write it’s ULR in the Facebook post and wait that GIF appears under it. Now you can share it with the world.
2. GIF ON INSTAGRAM
Posting such files on Instagram feed is a bit easier because you don’t need a server or other source to do that. Just the right file and your phone.
Go back to your GIF in Photoshop. In menu panel search for File, Export and then click on Render Video. This step is different than one written above. The reason is that Instagram doesn’t allow uploading GIF files, only mp4. So we have to do our saving process properly.
When a new window opens write down a name of your file and select a folder where you want to save it. Now you have to transfer the file to your phone. For this, you can use Dropbox or iTunes if you have an iPhone. But there are also many other ways to do that. Just find one that suits you best. When the mp4 file is on your phone, you can post it on your Instagram feed.
And we came to the end of our Photos On Social Media Series. I really hope that all these tricks were helpful and educational. If you have any question or you are familiar with any other tricks, don’t hesitate to write them down in a comment. I’ll be very happy to read them.