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Old 04-20-2004, 08:25 PM   #1
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Default Why are my animated gifs so big?

Personally I am not a huge fan of animated gifs, so I really don't have much experience with them. Every time I try the file size is huge! Not to mention they aren't as clear as I would like either.

Why are my animated gifs so big?

How can I make them sharper/crisper?

What software do you like/prefer for animated gifs or gifs in general?

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Old 04-20-2004, 09:34 PM   #2
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Fireworks is my fav tool even though I use PS for other things

Make one that you think is big and post it here for me to play with

72 DPI/PPI

RGB Color Space

File size will get huge if you use multi frame disolves and a lot of pixel changes from one frame to the other. If most of the pixels don't change, then file size will be small.

Natch, file size is a function of the "live area" so you have greater challenges at 400x200 then you would at 468x60

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Old 04-20-2004, 11:27 PM   #3
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Thanks Steve!

I thought I did post one but I guess I forgot. I don't have fireworks, but I amy have to look into it.

And remember I'm a rookie

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Old 04-21-2004, 12:57 AM   #4
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Not to worry. Happy to help any way I can

A quick tweak for you which is about 20K as opposed to 73K

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The photoes on frame one don't look as good as they could in the .jpeg format BUT this file format does not support animation.

It's always a challenge to be creative yet still maintain a reasonable file size so your dial up visitors don't joke.

Think of file size as a function of the number of pixels which change from frame to frame. Iv'e simplified this a bit but hopefully made it easier to understand.

My version has only 3 frames and is of course a compramise

Your version had 6 frames

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Old 04-21-2004, 09:07 AM   #5
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I like Ulead gif animator, the learning curve is not much and they have a great optimize feature to reduce the gif size.
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