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    Making your High End Cards SPARKLE - Animated Gif Tutorial

    In my last article, I had a bunch of people asking "How did you do that?" If you are one of those people, then this is for you.

    Why do this?
    Sharing our collection with others on the web has become as big a part of collecting as the actual collecting. The last thing we want is to show off our favorite cards, and have them look lackluster.

    Scanning, pictures, etc. can all yield different results. I always spend a good amount of time figuring out how to get the perfect light (ESPECIALLY when it comes to refractive cards).

    Take for instance this:

    1999 Fleer Brilliants 24k Gold card #/24 - this is one of my favorite cards! Mega rare, and absolutely...well...brilliant. Why would I show it off looking like this?



    Scans don't do it justice ...



    This gives the eye a lot more to look at and appreciate:



    It DOES take a little bit of setup, but not much.

    All you need is:

    - A stand for your card (I recommend taking off the front of the holder to avoid glare)
    - A light (bendy neck is preferable)
    - A shoebox top to put on the back as a backdrop
    - Another stand for your camera for it to stay still - I use a card stand for my phone as well.

    Take a short little video of it with the card and camera in place while you move the light source around. It may take a few tries to get the desired result ...



    I have found that doing it to music helps a lot ...



    The end result (which could be better if I spent more time with it, for sure).



    Here is one of another card ... without music.



    When you are done, download the app called gif maker. It is mega simple to use. You just select your video, crop, drag the timeframe, and you are done!

    If you all do some, please post 'em up. I'd love to see how it works for you. My suggestion would be to have the video no more than 3-4 seconds long.

    And that, my friends, is how YOU become ... THE REFRACTOR.


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    Here is my Ken Griffey Jr in motion:

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLARNOLD View Post
    Here is my Ken Griffey Jr in motion:

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    Love it - I plan on doing a Jose like that soon
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    Badass, thanks Tanner!
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    Sweet, if I ever, and who knows if I will, scan anything I'll definitely give this a try. Thanks T.

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    Love it. Your posts are the best.
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    Great stuff as always.

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    mouschi - was your wife aware that this how you dance, prior to marrying you? You're a nut!

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    Good stuff!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mouschi View Post
    I have found that doing it to music helps a lot ...

    Hey Tanner one piece of advice for ya.....



    Just keep being you, man. Holy hell that was great, made my day. Good stuff as always! ::thumbsup::
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    A GIF thread would be cool thread all by itself - just showing off cards with beautiful refraction and movement. As usual, amazing stuff!

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    too far gone for regular help - needs padded room

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    What a great pick me up after a mentally draining day at work, as always you do not disappoint. Thanks.

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    Thank you everyone! I look forward to seeing what you all do.

    Quote Originally Posted by 1998 SPx View Post
    mouschi - was your wife aware that this how you dance, prior to marrying you? You're a nut!

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    LOL - I'm not sure. From time to time I've been known to cheer her up by my sweet dance moves

    Quote Originally Posted by scotty216brs View Post
    Hey Tanner one piece of advice for ya.....



    Just keep being you, man. Holy hell that was great, made my day. Good stuff as always! ::thumbsup::
    lol will do!

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    too far gone for regular help - needs padded room
    #truth

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    What a great pick me up after a mentally draining day at work.....
    I love hearing this - thanks for sharing!
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    Amazing post and like someone else said...a perfect thing to read at the end of the work day. Definitely will be finding some time to do this to some of my favorites and will post in the Griffey thread.

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