How to Make Pictures Move

By Quinten Plummer

Whether you want to add movement to a still shot or turn several stills into a single moving image, movement can be a great way to put your pictures into context or to add humor to them. And you won't need any digital photography experience or pay for any expensive software to animate your pictures. With the help of some free animation utilities, you can create your own moving pictures.

Step 1

Create moving picture files with your photos using Gickr, an online GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) animation utility (see References). Gickr allows you to upload up to 10 photographs to the site's servers. Gickr converts them into a single picture file, The self-contained GIF image file will play the images in the sequence you uploaded them.

Step 2

Add movement to your still shots using WinMorph's morph effects (see References). WinMorph allows you to warp photos or morph one image into another. WinMorph includes a large set of morph shape presets that you can apply to your image or your can tweak the shapes to create a custom morph. Exported pictures can be saved in GIF or "moving JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group )" format. WinMorph also can be used as a plug-in for popular video editing utilities like Sony Vegas or Adobe Premier.

Step 3

Add movement to your photos with the help of Life Photo Maker's free animation utility (see References). Life Photo Maker brings your still shots to life with atmospheric and environmental effects, such as water ripples, snow and rain effects. And after you're satisfied with your photo's effects, you can export the file from the program as a GIF image file--you also can export the photo as an AVI (Audio Video Interleave) video or screensaver file.