Animated GIF Info

Viewing and emailing animated GIFs can be tricky. Here are a few tips.

About Sending Animated Images in Email

Many email programs allow you to insert images directly into the body of the email. Some will insert only images pasted from a web site, and others will only send images as attachments. Even if you can insert the image in the body of your email, the recipient's email program may not be able to receive images in their email and the picture may be converted into an attachment or stripped out altogether.

Be sure to check your settings to make sure Rich Text or Html email is enabled.

There are three ways to send images:

1. Copy the image, then paste into the email.

Right click on the image, then click Copy.

Open a new email. Position your cursor in the body of your email first, then right click again, and choose Paste.

2. Use the email program's Insert/Add Image button.

Open a new email.

Position your cursor in the body of your email.

Using your email program's Insert feature (or Insert Image, Insert Picture, Insert Photo) locate your image and click on it.

3. Attach Image

Open a new email and use the Attach Files command in your email program.

Saving Animated GIFs

Double click on the attachment.

When the "Save" or "File Download" menu box appears, make sure to SAVE your frame to your computer Do not click on OPEN!

Some Important Tips

  • Some email programs create a preview image of the attachment and display it in the body of your email. It looks great - but you can't save the preview image. Save the attachment only.

  • All animated GIFs should end in .gif, however sometimes in transit the file extension gets changed to .bmp or .jpg which will not be animated. Before you save an image to your computer, check the name and type in .gif if necessary.

About Viewing Animated GIFs on Your Computer

If you have downloaded an animated Gif and it no longer moves, don't worry, it is not broken. Most of the new operating systems do not support animated GIFs. You can open them with a browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari or download an Image reader such as Irfan. You can also open them with a media player such as Quicktime. You can insert them into a PowerPoint presentation and view them through the Slide Show feature. You can use an animated GIF in Microsoft Word or Publisher, but to view it as animated the file must be first saved as a Web Page (.htm, .html) and then it must be opened with a browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari etc,).

About Printing Animated GIFs

Animated GIF files are designed to be viewed not printed, so the file sizes are small. Print them as close to the actual size as possible as enlarging will cause them to appear blurry. Printing can be done using the print command on your browser, through your operating system or by inserting the image into a word processing program, then printing.

Resizing Animated GIFs

Although you can resize an animated GIF in a program such as PowerPoint, or using an animation program, keep in mind there may be some loss of quality. Enlarging an image too much may cause it to become grainy or blurry.

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Using Animated GIF Borders

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