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Why does a GIF increase in size when I add a logo although number of colors stays the same?

Color number is just half the game. The other is to compress the picture after color reduction. This lossless compression, searches for repeated patterns in scanline order. Long story, in short: When ...
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Is this animated GIF showing Illustrator step by step drawings easy to understand?

I think without knowing what tools did what, what shortcuts did what, and how to do simple things such as reverse the fill/stroke, the gif may be lacking in detail for inexperienced users. There's ...
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Why does a GIF increase in size when I add a logo although number of colors stays the same?

Although joojaa is mostly correct, actually GIFs do not use Run Length Encoding. They use the LZW algorithm. Basically, this algorithm can take advantage of EXACT repetitions of horizontal strips of ...
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delay playing animated gif in PowerPoint

I realize that this answer is coming long after the question was asked, but hopefully, it will help somebody someday... What you can simply do is duplicate the original slide, and place your animated ...
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Can a GIF have a CMYK profile?

There is no mention of CMYK in the GIF specification, and it only supports color triplets. Take a peek at the syntax for color tables given by the spec: 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 Field Name ...
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Can a GIF have a CMYK profile?

The short answer is no, a GIF can't support a CMYK profile. A CMYK profile is a series off curves that map the percentage value of each separation to a target. GIF images are saved as INDEXED COLOUR,...
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Is this animated GIF showing Illustrator step by step drawings easy to understand?

There's a few things you could do to improve this good idea and not make it horrible. You definitely need to add screen keys. You should break it up into steps and use multiple gifs to show what you'...
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How to create a GIF animation that moves smoothly?

The animation itself was likely created in After Effects or some other animation tool. The key to the smoothness is the GIF frame delay time. Most computer displays run at 60fps (frames per second), ...
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How to export a GIF from After Effects?

When I need to create a GIF from After Effects, I do my animation in After Effects, go to Menu>Composition>Pre-Render and render it out as an uncompressed MOV file. Then you can drag that file onto ...
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How can I make a gif faster in photoshop (decrease the length)

From the Timeline Panel Menu... Choose Set Timeline Frame Rate... Decrease the frame rate for a faster moving timeline. 60 FPS: 10 FPS: This won't create huge differences if your animation is set ...
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How to export a GIF from After Effects?

This answer is only for Windows OS There is no reason for 3rd party plugins. Use File > Export> > Add to Adobe Media Encoder Queue. Inside of the the Adobe Media Encoder there's a lot more ...
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Can I create a transparent GIF with After Effects?

After Effects hasn't been able to directly export GIFs for some time now. There are plugins available that'll do it or you should be able to use the Media Encoder if you're on Windows (I don't use ...
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Saving Animated GIF With Transparency (Photoshop)

It's not possible. The GIF format doesn't support alpha transparency. Every pixel either needs to be completely transparent or not, no in betweens, and there's no way around it. If you know what ...
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Photoshop: Loop part of gif

No. The limitation here is the GIF format itself, not Photoshop. The format doesn't allow for such functionality. There may be other ways to do it however, such as using two gifs, one for each part, ...
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Avoid jagged edges after size change

This has little to do with size change. Your small image is a GIF, and in a GIF there is no partial opacity/transparency: it’s all or nothing, so this doesn’t allow the partially transparent pixels ...
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If you download a picture and rename the picture to a different extension, does the file change?

No. Changing the extension is a bit like changing the label on the soy sauce dispenser to say "Maple syrup". The results will not be useful and may be unpleasant. FWIW, in some cases, when you open ...
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convert a not transparent GIF to transparent GIF in photoshop

Yes. You merely have to remove the background from the layers/frames. Or set a transparent color in the Save For Web dialog.... In the Save For Web dialog.. click the color (or range of colors by ...
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What do you call this type of animated graphic?

Yes. It is literally an animated gif. The person you are hiring to make them should certainly understand they need to deliver an animated gif since, like all things, there is a set workflow required ...
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Saving Animated GIF With Transparency (Photoshop)

Animated GIF with (partial) transparency? No. But I can do you one better anyhow: Animated PNG So here's how to do it... Save your PS animation out as a PNG sequence by going to File > Export > ...
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Is this animated GIF showing Illustrator step by step drawings easy to understand?

I sporadically use Illustrator but do have full Photoshop knowledge. I could vaguely guess which tools you are using but have no idea what shortcodes you are pressing... I wouldn't know how to ...
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reducing file size of animated gif web banner

People want it all. Nice, big, smooth, cool, pretty, slick and 40k... You can not have it all. To reduce a file size you need to choose something, maybe a cuple of things: Reduce the dimensions. ...
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Drop shadow for animated GIF

For GIF the drop shadow is going to be complicated for two reasons: The drop shadow on your PNG relies on partial opacity to blend the shadow with the page background. But the GIF format doesn't ...
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Drop shadow for animated GIF

Simply enlarge your document, add a background color as the background color where the GIF will be placed, then add your shadow to your GIF. This is the only way. If your output is for the web, you ...
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Animated GIF with white text and tranparent background look pixelated

GIF format does not support partial transparency, so it's not possible to create smooth, antialiased text on transparent background. If you know in what color will be the background used under the ...
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Fastest way to create a transparent GIF from PNG

Joojaa is right. It is simple to do with open-source software on Mac and Linux and Windows, if you are not afraid of the command line, because you’ll need to use the terminal. Here is a command line ...
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Is this animated GIF showing Illustrator step by step drawings easy to understand?

I'd leave the gif, unless it is a really short animation, and use a video instead. The ability to pause and scroll makes it much easier to watch-and-try-it-yourself. I'd add small panel in one corner ...
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How to remove artifacts at the edge of a GIF?

You cannot use antialias in transparent GIF images since it's only 8-bit, but you can fake it. When exporting using "Save for Web" use the option Matte to match the background color of where the ...
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