This another of my custom, editable, detailed, easy to follow, step-by-step tutorials on how to create a complex abstract GIF using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
Many of the tutorials you find online are written by artists trying to explain what they do and unfortunately their tutorials do not translate well for use in a classroom setting. Mine, however, are specifically engineered for the classroom. I have over 20 years of experience as a professional digital artist and high school digital arts instructor. Trust me when I say this is a fantastic project for any digital arts course grades 7-12. It is extremely flexible for pretty much any unit you may be covering that includes the Elements and Principles of Design, Abstraction and basic animation. It will also show you how to create a QR code and how to upload your GIF to GIPHY. You will find that once your students learn the basic techniques provided in this tutorial, they will begin to create animated films of their own imagination. Then you can debate with your students whether it's pronounced JIF, like the brand of peanut butter or with a hard G sound. Enjoy!
This project was featured in School Arts Magazine "The GIF Project"
School Arts Magazine, May Issue 2017
as well as in
Media Arts, School Arts Collection Book, Davis Publications, released in 2018.
Note: This tutorial was invented using CS6. It is compatible with earlier versions as well. I am currently update this tutorial for those who are using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CC2018-CC2019.