The Best GIF Optimization Techniques for Photoshop

July 22, 2016

In this tutorial, I’m going to cover the best GIF optimization techniques in Photoshop to help make your Cinema 4D renders look super nice with the lowest file sizes possible so you can easily post them in GIF form anywhere on the interwebs!  GIFs are all the rage these days and its important to learn how you can make them look as good as possible no matter what type of image you’re dealing with!  Oh, and GIF is pronounced GUH-IF.  Get outta here with your jifs! 😉

In this tutorial you’ll:

•  Tackle 4 unique animation scenarios utilizing different optimization
techniques for each one

•  Learn all about color reduction algorithms, Diffusion options, and Web Snap

•  Optimize each scene balancing low file size with best image quality

•  Pronounce GIF the right way

If you have any questions, be sure to post it in the comments section and if you create any fun GIFs, I’d love to see them!  Thanks for watching!

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  • I also think it’s important to consider the frame rate when trying to knock down some megabytes in Photoshop. Usually end up having frame rates of 10-12 fps for gifs on websites with lower space allowances despite originally rendering them with 24 fps or something similar, and they don’t look that bad. Thanks for covering some of these specifics! 🙂

    • That’s a great thing to call out, KB! Definitely helpful, I typically render at 15FPS for nice cartoony movements.

  • “The creators of the format pronounced GIF as “jif”. Steve Wilhite (creator of the GIF format) has said that the intended pronunciation deliberately echoes the American peanut butter brand Jif, and CompuServe employees would often say “Choosy developers choose GIF”, spoofing the peanut butter tv commercials.”

    …..tomatoes, tamales…..

    • Yeah, and see where that pronunciation got CompuServe! 😉

    • It’s true that the creators of the Graphics Interchange Format or (GIF), somehow decided to rail against reality and mispronounce the ‘G’ sound to be that of a J, despite the fact that said ‘G’ stands for ‘Graphics’.

      Time and common sense have since taken over, and overridden the lapse in logic/judgement by the creators who probably came to this decision initially on a caffeine and beef-stick bender after weeks of sleepless nights that lead to wrapping the development of the format.

      It’s ok, we forgive them, and have fixed their mistake.

  • Alberto Cristino August 2, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Hello Ej, i’m wandering if you have a tutorial teaching how make this kind of effect, i mean this granulated effect on the characters ?.

  • Brian Walstingham January 21, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Not just because the creator of the format specified the correct way to say it, but if you are going to make a word out of GIF, th G is soft as it has an I after it. Not an exclusive rule, but a fairly solid one in a language that tends to have as many exceptions as actual rules. Sorry, I’ve been around since GIF first came out and it was the Johnny-come-lately’s of the mid 90s that first started mistakenly saying Guh-IF. I don’t really care about people getting it wrong, I have more important things to worry about, but when millennials start insisting they’re right and going a bit Stasi I get a little impatient. Come on kids, I thought you were crazy for all the retro 8-bit stuff from that time? GIF (said like jif) is just like blocky digital art, Mario Bros or record players….

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