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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Creating an animated avatar with Photo Booth!

A great tip submitted by Julian Dye: Creating an animated avatar with Photo Booth! The Leopard version of Photo Booth includes the possibility of taking four shots very quickly. It looks good, but at first sight, there is not much you can do with it. It is however possible to use this to create an animated gif that you can use as an avatar. Once you have the pictures, go to the File menu and choose Export:

Export the file as an animated gif:

Thanks for the tip Julian!


Blogger Joey said...

How do you export it as an animated gif?

February 18, 2008 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Ummm, when I click on file to export, the export option is grayed out. Any suggestions?

February 19, 2008 at 1:24 AM  
Blogger Julian said...

To export as a gif, select the thumbnail of the 4 shot image (in the bottom tray of PB) and the Export option should then be available. It should automatically save as a gif. I think this may be Leopard specific.

February 19, 2008 at 5:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have Leopard and I also have export grayed out when I try to do this. Is there some other magic?

February 19, 2008 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

You have to make sure that you selected the series of four pictures before going to the File menu.

February 19, 2008 at 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did so, but still no luck.

February 19, 2008 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Diana I said...

I took the burst shot and exported it to my desktop, but clicking on it just shows the pix in Preview. Did I miss something?

February 19, 2008 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

You only see the animation of an animated gif in a web browser (some other applications too, but not Preview).

February 19, 2008 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Vicki Hinze said...

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February 19, 2008 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Vicki Hinze said...

Could you recommend a good mailing list management program to run with Leopard?

Thanks so much.



February 19, 2008 at 5:57 PM  
Blogger Andre said...

Vicki, I use the Mail function of the Opera browser, it is easy to set up and has no conflicts with Leopard (no Blue Screen of Death after the install...). For some reason I dont like Apple's Mail. Go to and get it for free.

Hope it helps...

February 19, 2008 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Warren said...

Omgosh, Julian, this is great! What a fun way to use PB. My teachers are going to love this.

February 19, 2008 at 11:38 PM  
Blogger Jing said...

there are 3 "picture type" buttons to the left of the red "take picture" button. the second, shown as a 2x2 grid, is the burst shot mode. you must take a series of pictures in this mode, which will then save a single picture in your photobooth filmstrip on the lower portion of the window.

from here, select your new picture, which shows 4 pictures in the thumbnail, and select File -> Export

February 20, 2008 at 12:49 PM  

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