Online services can make animations of your still photos.
GIF is an acronym for the term Graphics Interchange Format. This graphic file format takes up little computer memory compared to other formats, is used frequently on the Web and has the ability to store short animations consisting of a few frames. Making a GIF animation that displays 3D images can be approached in several ways, including those that cost nothing. A number of Web services can convert your individual graphics files into a single, animated GIF. Making the individual 3D photo images can be done with freely available Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs, such as Blender or Art of Illusion.
1. Open your CAD program and navigate to its perspective view, which displays the parallel lines of objects as lines that appear to converge. This is how human vision works. By contrast, orthographic views appear distorted by preserving the parallel relationship of the lines.
2. Create a box, then open your program’s material editor, which has tools for applying colors and photos to objects.
3. Load each photo you want to include in the animation into the material editor. If you have more than six photos (more than the box can display at once), create additional boxes.
4. Assign each loaded photo to its own face of the box then close the material editor.
5. Use your program’s zoom, orbit or pan tools to navigate to a position in 3D space that displays the box attractively. Generally, a view that displays three sides of the box at once will be more visually appealing than views displaying fewer sides.
6. Add a light to the scene containing the box so that the box is clearly visible once you render it. Position the light somewhere between your viewpoint and the box’s location. Ensure the light is slightly to the left or right of and above your viewpoint. Other locations for the light may enable correct display of the box, but the general one just described will ensure adequate lighting of the box’s visible faces.
7. Render your scene by running your program’s rendering tool, then export the rendered image as a JPEG or other common image format.
8. Change your viewpoint slightly by applying the zoom, pan or rotate viewpoint tools. Re-render the scene and save the second image file under a new file name. Repeat this step, once more, to produce a total of three image files, each containing slightly different viewpoints of the box.
9. Navigate to a website that lets you create free animated GIFs, such as Gickr.com, GIFNinja.com or Picasion.com. Upload the GIFS you created to the applet, run the applet then download the single, animated GIF file to your hard drive.
10. Double-click on the downloaded file, which will open up a new Web browser page (or similar program for displaying GIFS) that displays your completed 3D GIF animation.