Help:Creating animated GIFs

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Acorn.png This page in a nutshell:
  • Programs to use: ScreenToGif for Windows 10.svg Windows & GifGrabber for MacOS.png Mac OS X.
  • Create distraction-free GIFs only showing the important aspects (like animation or a homing effect of a projectile)
  • Don't wear or use items that will distract the viewer from what you actually want to show.

This page was created to show you how to create high-quality animated GIFs to demonstrate certain Terraria animations, including a step-by-step workflow guide.

At the end of the page is a small list of free programs for Windows 10.svg Windows and MacOS.png Mac OS X for creating screen-recorded animated GIFs.

Examples[edit source]

Beam Sword
A good example of a clean gif.
No distractions, high frame rates.
Beam Sword
A bad example of a gif.
Too many distracting items and particles.

Creating GIFs[edit source]

Workflow[edit source]

Step Explanation
1) Read the Terraria Wiki Page of the item you want to capture carefully.
  • Only the animation of the item?
  • Is the item a weapon that is homing or piercing enemies?
  • Do I want to show that aspect?
2) What do you want to show?
  • Only the animation of the item?
  • Is the item a weapon that is homing or piercing enemies?
3) What do I need to show those aspects?
  • Light or dark areas?
  • Do I need enemies?
4) Build a clean arena where you can present your item.
5) Use the default male character.
6) Record the aspect(s) of the item you want to record.
7) Edit the video recording.
  • Crop the video to make everything that does not belong in the video disappear.
  • Cut the video to only show the necessary part.
8) Export as a gif / Save the gif.

Example[edit source]

This is a workflow example for the Yoyo Hel-Fire Hel-Fire.png.

Step Solution/Answer Picture
1) Read the Terraria Wiki Page of the item you want to capture carefully.
2) What do you want to show?
  • Animation.
  • Providing light.
  • Burning enemies.
3) What do I need to show those aspects?
  • A dark area to show light aspects of the item.
  • An enemy to show burning particles. Dummies are preferable.
  • No other particles or other items that will distract from the one item you want to present!
4) Build a clean arena where you can present your item.
  • Use plenty of lighting.
  • Don't worry about the outside of your arena yet. You can crop it after recording.
The clean arena to show the item.
5) Use the default male character.
  • Use the default character settings.
  • Remove/hide all accessories and dyes that aren't necessary for the demonstration.
  • Unless they are part of the demonstration, de-activate all Pets, Light Pets and Minions.
  • Unless armor is being demonstrated, hide all armor with Familiar Clothes (effect-causing armor, such as Beetle armor, should be removed).
6) Record the aspect(s) of the item you want to record.
7) Edit the video recording.
  • Crop the video to make everything that does not belong in it disappear.
  • Cut the video to only show the necessary part.
Everything distracting cropped out.
8) Export as a gif / Save the gif.
Finished GIF

Software[edit source]

Name Platform Functions Cost Link
ScreenToGif Windows 10.svg Windows
  • Crop and Resize.
  • You can add Text, Subtitles and Title Frames.
  • Very high GIF quality.
  • Easy to use.
free http://www.screentogif.com/
GifGrabber MacOS.png Mac OS X
  • You can change the size of the recording area.
  • Rather simple.
  • Easy to use.
free http://www.gifgrabber.com/

Using ScreentoGif is recommended because you can quickly record everything you need, crop, cut and export from the same program.

Alternatives[edit source]

Requirements Platform Workflow
  • Any Recording Tool
  • Video Editing Tool with GIF Export
Windows 10.svg Windows / MacOS.png Mac OS X
  1. Record the Screen with a screencasting software.
  2. Edit the Video with a video editing software.
  3. Export the Video as GIF.