April 23, 2010

Night at the Roxbury gifs, A Quick Tutorial

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The Night at the Roxbury was a very silly movie, and now-a-days it’s best known for both the song it made popular (‘What Is Love’ by Haddaway), and for the animated images, or .gif, that are made using footage from the film.

Today, I’ll tell you how to make your own.

First of all, you’ll need Photoshop CS3 or higher, or, if you have an earlier version, you need the program Adobe Imageready.

Now most people make a Roxbury gif by pasting heads onto the original, like so.

I’ve made mine from scratch, but it’s really the same principle of things.

To start off, you need your moving car. The original gif is eight frames long, so you will need eight layers, one for each.

Next, you’ll need your heads. For this, you should isolate the head image you want so it can be neatly pasted into the image.

Now, for each head, you want it to move a bit per frame. Not too much, just enough to establish movement with each successive frame.

Repeat for every head. Now, unlike most smooth repeating frames, you DO NOT want the head to begin moving back to its original spot at the end of the animation. Rather, it should be far away from the original point before it starts again. That will give you a nice jerk when it loops.

The finished product

Good luck, gif makers.

Emily Pich


1 Comment »

  1. Thanks fo’ this!

    Comment by FoggyPebble — January 8, 2011 @ 12:42 am | Reply

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