How to write best tutorials using animated Gifs.

Tutorials with animated GIfs

This is an article which made me learn new things. Until now if I were to make an screen record, I would either use ezvid or AVS video editor. They both worked fine for me. But in the recent times the trends of GIFs have increased. Even in the tutorials people are using animated GIFs. And you know what? it is really very useful. It makes tutorials more interactive and fun to make. And as a user it would be easier for them to understand to. Just imagine you are trying to explain a step in a tutorial for e.g press the next button but there are two next buttons. Now views might get confuse and to make it easier you probably don’t want to go and make a video. So, how about GIF? Well that is not a video but will explain what is needed. You don’t need upload a video. The image will do the job. Not only tutorials, you can also do Software demos, since you can set any frame size which you want.

I knew that videos are more appealing to the audience then long thousand lines article. But it’s not logical to get every tutorials in videos because not all people in the world have enough Internet data and speed to watch non buffering videos. So tutorials needed something between videos and images. And then came to my mind about the GIFs.

Tutorials using animated GIFs.

So I came across a screen recorder which is free of cost and directly saves the screen recorded into an animated GIF. LICEcap is the screen recorder I am talking about.

With LICEcap, you can record your screen as well as save the recording as an animated GIFs in a single step. Launch the program and adjust the frame such that it entirely encloses the scene. Press the “Record” button, choose a name for your GIF file and start the demo.
tutorial using animated GIFs
You may also move the capture frame during the recording.

LICEcap produces good quality GIF screencasts and animations are smooth, though the files are often large in size.
tutorial using animated GIFs
I have recently used the animated GIF here. Check it out.

In addition to .GIF, LICEcap supports its own native lossless .LCF file format, which allows for higher compression ratios than .GIF, higher quality (more than 256 colors per frame), and more accurate timestamping. If you are to give software demo, then this is a perfect option to go for. But let me tell you that it is not going to handle heavy load. It is free and would give you the basic facility. If you want to make GIFs for around 10 to 15 sec then this is a good option.

Features of LICEcap.

  • Record directly to .GIF or .LCF.
  • Move the screen capture frame while recording.
  • Pause and restart recording, with optional inserted text messages.
  • Global hotkey (shift+space) to toggle pausing while recording
  • Adjustable maximum recording frame rate, to allow throttling CPU usage.
  • Basic title frame, with or without text.
  • Record mouse button presses.
  • Display elapsed time in the recording.


Believe me people enjoy to see short animated GIFs that explain the whole text in that article. Some people don’t want to read all those 1000 word article or even all those steps. But they want easier and simple ways to get work done faster. And GIFs are the best way to make people come to your blog for tutorials. Since, they are not boring. And easy to understand.

What do you think about LICEcap? Is it worth giving a try? Tell me your views about LICEcap in the comment section below.

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