Create animated GIFs from the OS X Finder in just seconds. It only takes a few minutes to set up and will give you a “native” feeling without the need to install any additional software. Plus, you never need to open an app to create the GIF, you can just highlight files > right-click > Make Animated GIF.
How To Set It Up
Download a pre-built workflow or follow the steps below.
You will need a utility called
convert, which is part of
imagemagick. The easiest way to install it is via Homebrew. In short, you need to first have Homebrew installed via this command:
ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
Then, install the utility with this command:
brew install imagemagick
Set Up The Automator Workflow
- Open Automator
- Choose Service
- Choose files or folders from the pull-down menu
- Choose Finder.app from the other pull-down menu
- Drag Get Selected Finder Items from the Actions menu to the workflow section on the right side of the window
- Drag Run Shell Script from the Actions menu to the workflow section on the right side of the window
- Choose as arguments from the pull-down menu in the Run Shell Script section of the workflow
- Enter this command into the field:
/usr/local/bin/convert -delay 20 -loop 0 "$@" ~/Desktop/animated.gif
- Choose File > Save
- Enter Make Animated GIF as the name
Here is what the entire workflow should look like when you are done.
How To Use It
- Highlight some picture files, such as screenshots
- Right-click them
- Choose Services > Make Animated GIF from the context menu that appears
- After executing, a file named animated.gif will appear on your desktop
Customize Speed And Looping
There are plenty of options available, which can be seen by entering
convert -help in Terminal. But for the context of this post, I will just cover the two options I used:
-delay 20is the time in hundredths of a second between frames. Increase or decrease this as desired
-loop 0makes the GIF loop endlessly. Change the number to however many iterations you want.