I Tried to Make A Cinemagraph, I Swear

Video taken by McKenzie Liebergen, Featuring Alex Frank


I really tried to make a cinemagraph in Photoshop. When that didn’t work, I tried really hard to make a gif in Photoshop. I think the main root of most of my problems lies in the fact that I have absolutely no idea how to use Photoshop. Regardless, I resorted to giphy.com to create a gif in which I tried very hard to capture the key elements of a cinemagraph. I wanted my gif to feature something personal to me, something that made me smile, something intensely expressive. My boyfriend has very strong eyebrows that he is quite adept at wiggling. It’s something I find extremely amusing–when I’m sad or down, those eyebrows cheer me up. I wanted to create a gif of my boyfriend wiggling his eyebrows eternally, so they can always cheer me up any time I need them.

2 Replies to “I Tried to Make A Cinemagraph, I Swear”

  1. You’re right: this would have made an excellent cinemagraph. It probably would have worked a little better if you’d had a tripod for your camera or just managed to keep the camera more still. But even with this video, if you follow along with the Lynda tutorial I provided, you could take just a few frames from the middle of this video and isolate the movement of the eyebrows so that they are the only part of the frame moving.

  2. Also, if you insert the gif into your post at full size, it will embed as a gif. When you insert it at a smaller size, as you do here, when WordPress creates the resized image it takes only the top layer of the image, so it stops working as a gif.

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