The Art of GIF - How to Create Short & Engaging Animations

By Qais Sarhan





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The Art of GIF - How to Create Short & Engaging Animations

with Artist, Qais Sarhan


Do you want to create fun, eye-catching animated GIFs but don’t know where to start? Do you feel like you have too many ideas or maybe not enough? These are challenges I’ve had to deal with in the past. Now I’ve developed some tips and tricks that I’d love to share with you. In this course we’ll go step-by-step through the process from ideation and illustration through to animation. You’ll finish the course feeling confident that you can easily create short motion videos for your social media accounts or your portfolio.


This class is for anyone with basic Adobe Illustrator and After Effects skills who is looking to take their illustration and animation skills to the next level and create cute, attention-grabbing content they are proud to share. The skill level for this class is beginner to intermediate.


In this class you will learn to turn your ideas and inspiration into engaging work. I’ll help you:
  • get inspired and choose the right idea
  • take you through the process of bringing it to life digitally
  • use Illustrator to design your piece in a way that works for animation.
  • to import them into After Effects and bring your animation to life.
  • understand the best way to export your files to be shared on social media.

Get inspired and come up with your concept

Design and illustrate your eye catching GIF

Bring your illustration to life with animation

About the Creator


My name is Qais Sarhan and I’m an illustrator, animator and motion director. Since achieving my degree in Graphic & Communication Design, I've spent the last 10 years working with a wide variety of brands (from Sony to Microsoft and Google) helping them create eye-catching motion content that tells their story. I’ve worked on everything from TV commercials and music videos to explainers and GIFs. I’ve always enjoyed creating shorter animations due to the challenge of bringing an idea to life in 3 - 7 seconds. You also get to polish your skills and work on lots of different projects without spending weeks on a more time-consuming, longer piece.

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