The only ways to reduce gif file size are to remove frames and/or reduce the number of colors. The most you can use is 256 colors, but you could go to 128 or even 64 with barely noticeable difference, if any, depending on the image. If you don't have any software like Photoshop or Fireworks, download GIMP (you may have to install a plug-in for animating, so check first).
I have not tried to remove frames yet, but I reduced the color and it went lots better. I'd like to try again with my first gif, its a 1 second scene from a cartoon. Cartoons are simple, I think there wont be much color change... Like you said.
And of course, I cant really buy software just to make gifs, that would be madness. I used gimp years ago to make glitter gifs, but it was a pain so I stopped using it. But I'm older now, and maybe I might understand it better if I try once again.
I'll just look up some tutorials on youtube. Thanks (;
//If you don't know what that means, you must be a noob at getting the avatars to work.// Yes, that's why I made this board. I made the avatar I'm using now, and it works. But I'm a little bit too tired now to try it again with, uh. Like, reducing the number of frames? But this gif is taken from a trailer of a life action movie, with real people and stuff. The first one I tried was from a cartoon, I reduced the colors and it became a bit ugly, I gave up on that one and then I tried this one. I reduced the colors and it still looks kinda realistic.
This one is fine now , I guess.
Someone replied that I should try gimp, but that programme has always been a pain to me. But if its a free way to do edit gifs , then i'd like to give it another try with the cartoon gif.
The last time I made gifs was three years ago. And I forgot everything about it, so excuuuuse me for the lot of talk.
I used it when I was 11 years old, and I could only get the program in English back then. And I am not English, so it was a pain. I know better English now. But I will give it a try once again, tomorrow.
This one, I use now,, uh [link] <- this gif in my scraps I made it by using internet sites only, I reduced the colors and deleted the border (couldt get it transparent) Its my first on deviant art working gif avatar. I did it with your help, Cause I didnt know that I had to reduce the colors. The site I used also noted the KB while editing. So I did some other things and here it is. And yes, it is a normal gif. Just like all the others. Only this is a normal gif made by me. Thanks for the help.
Something about GIFs is that they only support 256 colours, making photo-realism a pain to work with. Some image editors give you a lot of control over the colours and quality in general, so you can just barely go under the limit and still have something decent.
If it really is a pain, though, it might be better to just rethink it and pick something different for an icon. But at least you got something you like.