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Free animated GIFs

Updated on August 1, 2011

Graphics Interchange Format - GIF

This hub is about computer animated images. They are in Graphics Interchange Format - GIF and is widely used for smal animation pictures on websites also known as Animated Gifs. Usualy, they are used as animated cartoons, animated people, animals, lines, dots, lights, signs, text banners etc.

CompuServe introduced bitmap image format known as Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) in 1987. This type of pictures are beside jpeg, the only format used on the World Wide Web.

Unfortunatelly, Hubpages dont allow GIF images with Animation, so there is no such image on this Hub. But you can see here pictures of animated animals.

GIF face

About GIF format

GIF is abbreviation for Graphics Interchange Format. This is format for images used on internet because it is very portable and it it widely used. - one third of images on www are in this format.

Format supports up to 8 bits per pixel - so you can use 256 different colors. Special thing is, that it supports animations with separate palette of 256 colors for each frame of animation.
Because of such a low number of colors, it is used mostly for very simple images such as logos, that have bigger areas with same color.

GIF images are using Lempel-Ziv-Welch compression - LZW. This compression technique is without any loss of information wich means, that we can reduce size of the file without degrading image quality.

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Use of GIF images

  • GIF-s are used for pictures with sharp edges lines and with small number of colors (JPEG is used for pictures with smoother edges and more colors)
  • GIF-s can be used as game data.
  • GIF-s are used for animations and short video clips.
  • because it has only 256 colors it can not be succesfully used for digital photography. For digital photography are used TIFF, RAW or the JPEG.
  • Alternative format for GIF is PNG. PNG uses better compression techniques without a limit of 256 colors. But it does not support animations.

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      wildrobot 7 years ago

      The Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) is a bitmap image format that was introduced by CompuServe in 1987 and has since come into widespread usage on the World Wide Web due to its wide support and portability.

      The format supports up to 8 bits per pixel thus allowing a single image to reference a palette of up to 256 distinct colors. The colors are chosen from the 24-bit RGB color space. It also supports animations and allows a separate palette of 256 colors for each frame. The color limitation makes the GIF format unsuitable for reproducing color photographs and other images with continuous color, but it is well-suited for simpler images such as graphics or logos with solid areas of color.


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      vansh malhotra 7 years ago

      your hubpage is too good and video also good please add more videos

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      Bronwyn Rivers 7 years ago

      There is some really cool 3D web animation software to download you can download a trial version and the software doesn't cost much at all

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      debb.depot 7 years ago from Attleboro

      I love animated GIF-s on the net. I especially love to create and share them.

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      sudeep13582 7 years ago from Howrah

      I also needed this for my site..

      thanks for sharing..

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      loklomedia 7 years ago

      I always struggled with animated gif's. thanks.