How do I make a GIF?

Animated GIFs can be created in any number of ways, but today the easiest method is probably Photoshop - CreativeTechs has an excellent guide here. One lighter-weight solution is 3frames, a project by net artist Aaron Meyers that requires only a webcam; it is also available as an iPhone app. Additionally, some artists still use Microsoft GIF Animator, the now-abandoned progenitor (along with the similarly-deceased Adobe ImageReady) of many of the animated GIFs so common at the end of the 1990s.