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It has been some time since I saw a sleek looking GIF like the one below. Usually, it'd be quite obvious if the GIF is looping but this is not the case, and it is quite high quality.

Any idea where I can learn step-by-step how to achieve this level of realism for a GIF?

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    I think there is not step by step guide how to become a good artist. You will find guides how to make gifs with AfterEffects and Photoshop. But to make your gif real looking like your example you just have to train. – theoretisch May 4 '17 at 2:00
  • i'm not asking about the artistic aspect of things, but the technical portion - how to achieve that level of realism through a GIF. – Automator_Junkie May 5 '17 at 9:24
  • Create a video or series of images and convert them to GIF. You can use ffmpeg to do that: blog.pkh.me/p/21-high-quality-gif-with-ffmpeg.html or even online tool - ezgif.com/video-to-gif (it uses the same technique). Technically there is nothing special about this GIF. You shouldn't create your work directly in GIF format anyway. – Maadinsh May 9 '17 at 9:17
  • Which part of this are you falling short of being able to accomplish yourself? – Zach Saucier Jul 11 '17 at 12:09
  • To achieve a seamless loop you need to learn how to loop first...there is no trick which will make it seamless instantly. For stuff like smoke and water its usually a lot overlaying footage. – SitiSchu Aug 10 '17 at 11:37
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Making a seamless gif in a nutshell:

-Film: At least 1080p resolution.

-Edit: Try and keep the length at a few seconds or under 10 as a best practice, keep the file size under 1MB to avoid uploading to social site issues, ensure lighting is the same in the beginning and ending frames so the GIF doesn't appear to loop or restart.

-Use a GIF generator: Giphy is a popular choice (https://giphy.com/create/gifmaker), add text, or download/share.

Check out this article, it has more in depth info https://idearocketanimation.com/14835-animated-gifs/

Here is an example of a seamless GIF from Giphy enter image description here

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