How on EARTH did I miss the #DS106 GIF challenge in preparation for headless DS106, which begins August 26th? I blame my absence from Twitter. But August is only 3 days in, so it’s easy to join the challenge without feeling overwhelmed.
I was just thinking today how I missed DS106 and how I haven’t blogged lately or made anything lately. And my thinking about thinking about WordPress rabbit holes isn’t something I want to unpack right now. The GIF challenge really couldn’t have come at a better time.
Here’s my submission for challenge #2:
Boy oh boy do I love the Disney version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
I’m pretty sure we watched it every Halloween in elementary school, so there’s lots of youthful nostalgia attached.
I did another Dancin’ Jim assignment back in the spring. Despite that, I couldn’t remember the steps I took to build the Bava in the Boardroom project, so I spent a lot of time trying to find tutorials that made sense to me. Bits and pieces of this 12-minute Youtube tutorial was helpful.
I was going to attempt to insert the dancing Jim into a short clip from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, so I downloaded the last several seconds of this Youtube video using Clip Converter:
In the end I opted to use a still from the clip I downloaded. I opened that still in Photoshop and then opened the dancing Jim GIF.
I duplicated the still nine times since there are nine frames in the Jim GIF.
I then duplicated a Jim layer for each layer of the headless horseman. I made sure layers corresponded (layer one of Jim was visible in layer one of the horseman. Layer two of Jim was visible in layer two of the horseman. You get the idea).
I previewed the GIF, noticed that Jim was dancing way too fast, and changed the duration of each frame to 0.2 seconds. I then saved the GIF for web and devices and called it a night, because it was late.
I don’t remember there being as many steps the first time I tried this assignment, so I feel like I did things the hard/long way. I really need to work with Photoshop on a daily basis, or else I forget EVERYTHING.
Guess I should assign myself my own daily create challenge.