Happy Little… Snail?

My happy little snail!

What’s not to love about snails? They are perfect in every snail-ish way. There really isn’t much more I can say except looking at this should make you happy.


For the assignment, Spreadsheet Invasion, I had to reclaim Excel and make it fun again and create an animation using colored Excel cells.

How I made it-

I used the suggestion from How not to choose a design assignment, to turn cells into squares before I began. It wasn’t as simple as I thought it would be since I only have a basic knowledge of Excel.

The cell height and width on the initial page are obviously not in the same units, but I learned from Set Excel Cell as A Square how to change my view to page layout. In that view, cell width and height were displayed in uniform units.

I wanted the page set to landscape, but I wasn’t sure how to do this. When I typed landscape into the search feature, it changed to it automatically.

I just played around and came up with the delightful scene of a snail crawling across the ground. It took a while to do the original picture. The next 13 worksheets (making a grand total of 14) were mostly copying, pasting, and doing some adjustments.

I wanted to give photopea a try, and so I found this video about how to make a gif there.

After exporting the Excel files as PDFs, you simply layer the files in the correct order, then go back and add _a_ to the beginning of the file name for each layer. Then you export the files as a gif file. You can adjust the quality and speed before you save your file.


This took a lot of time, but it was a lot of fun and I love my snail.

3 thoughts on “Happy Little… Snail?

  1. Wade says:

    What a cool asignment! I cant believe I missed this one, you did an excellent job!

  2. Jenny says:

    Really appreciate your hard work–it shows and your snail is happy. Thanks for sharing how you created it!


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