JANUARY 19, 2016

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How to Create High-Quality Screenshot GIF Animations

Written by: Michael Mira

GIFs became something of a phenomenon over the last decade. They are just naturally made to go viral due to their brevity. They highlight the best part of a video. They get to the point. However, GIF images are not just for fun comedic purposes. You can use screenshot GIF files to document a process or illustrate a workflow. For example, if you’re a tech start-up introducing a new product or service, you could include a visual documentation that your customers can follow easily. After all, we have become a culture that learns best seeing visuals. Sometimes plain old text strains the eyes and can be quite confusing.

So how can you make screenshot GIFs? Back in the day, you had to use a standard screen capture tool that came with your Windows or Mac computer. It was a painstaking process in which you had to screen capture frame by frame and then edit it in a program. I won’t teach you how to do all of that, because I want you to use the most efficient method possible. Why? Because efficiency means increased productivity.

The best way to create a screenshot capture GIF file is by using free apps such as Gyazo, Recordit, and ScreenToGif. My personal favorite is ScreenToGif, because it’s simple yet very effective at what it’s supposed to do. Recordit and Gyazo are nice, too. Whichever app you choose, all three have the same essential features and will help you create high-quality GIF files.

Here is a simple non-motion screenshot:

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Now here’s a screenshot GIF in motion:

Registration - GIF Animation

See the difference? The GIF version is more dynamic and is basically a short video without the extra bulk. It gets the point across and makes you look like a multimedia expert.

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