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Animated Avatars

Discussion in 'Bits & Bytes' started by Sierra Mike, Nov 24, 2002.

  1. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    Hey gang,

    I have an animated GIF I'd like to use as an avatar, but the only editing prog I have is Photoshop--if I reduce it and save it, I lose the animation.

    Is there some piece of freeware out there someone might recommend for this purpose?

    Heavens--I can config routers for BGP IV, but can't do this. I'd say this makes me an idiot savant, but in reality, just an idiot.

  2. Sunriser13

    Sunriser13 Knee Deep in Paradise

    Steve, it's not freeware, but there's a 30-day trial to Paint Shop Pro, which includes Animation Shop... certainly long enough for what you need.

    This is excellent software, and what many of us use for editing and animation.

    Jasc Software Download Center
  3. BigDeputyDog

    BigDeputyDog Straight Shootin Admin Staff Member

    Steve.. if you will post it here, I'll do my best to make it avatar sized for you... :)

    BDD... :{)
  4. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    I've seen it, it's not appropriate for this forum (or any forum until the new one opens up). ;)
  5. Techie2000

    Techie2000 The crowd would sing:

    For such things I like and use ImageMagick under linux. They have a windows version too...


    ftp://ftp.imagemagick.org/pub/ImageMagick/binaries/ImageMagick-i686-pc-windows.exe or ftp://ftp.imagemagick.org/pub/ImageMagick/binaries/ImageMagick-i686-Q8-windows.exe

    and execute it from the Windows Command Shell, double-click from Windows Explorer, or just "open" it from your browser, to start the installation program.

    Once ImageMagick is installed, Select Start->Programs->Command Prompt.

    From there you can use many of ImageMagick's features. Mogrify is the one that'll probably fix that GIF. The program is freeware to boot...
  6. Techie2000

    Techie2000 The crowd would sing:

    Hmm. I was looking at vBulletin hacks and lo and behold I found a hack for vB that does the same thing I mentioned above automatically...

  7. Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Passed Away Aug. 19, 2006

    Don't tell me that Steve is getting his animal porn ready for posting.

    For shame, Steve. Remember that there are young ladiess here, with delicate sensibilities. You might shock them away.
  8. mikeky

    mikeky Member

    Steve, the later versions of Photoshop come with ImageReady, which you can use to preserve the animation. Except I don't think it works with animal porn. :)
  9. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    Animal porn? Moi? Never.

    Well, actually...humans are considered animals, too...

  10. Paladin

    Paladin Have Gun -- Will Travel

    If you still need this and if you wish you can send it to me with what size you want it to be and I can do it for you or give it to one of the masters.
  11. ditch

    ditch Downunder Member

    And create the animation also? Or is Paint Shop Pro the best way to go to ceate the animation?
    If I were to animate my avatar, could that be done in Photoshop 6?
  12. Copzilla

    Copzilla dangerous animal Staff Member

    ImageReady is fully capable of animation creation.. In fact, it's so much more. It's like Photoshop with animation timeline capability. It has filters, cropping, resizing, layers, color reduction, dithering... It's running away the most capable animation program I've ever used, to include Animation Shop.
  13. Domh

    Domh Full Member

    ive been building animated gifs with image ready for years - it kicks ass. best there is.
  14. ditch

    ditch Downunder Member

    I have Image Ready with PShop6 but my manual doesn't include any instruction on IR. What do you recommend along the lines of Sam's 24hrs stuff which is my sort of level?
  15. Meteor Dive

    Meteor Dive Registered User

    Image Ready and most other bundled animation editors never inludes a manual, ditch. Most of what I learned pretty much came from watching animations that I import to animation shop frame by frame. Watching the movements, the surroundings, from watching movies and cartoon. Seeing how the animators drew their objects and how they went moving it. Most animations I do are custom made or drawn by hand, frame by frame. It's pretty like being an animator yourself :) (psst, go to florida to disney's studios....it's so cool to see animators their work. It's awesome :) I need to go and learn how to draw a detailed depth view of an animal. Animals are so hard to draw, especially horses)

    Anyhow! :)

    Just go ahead and play with image ready. Put your hands on image ready and fly.

    Try something easy like fading, or swirling, e.t.c.

    Then after getting into the flow of the animator, start creating your own. Try animated texts (writing form, spinning form, fast blurring, zooming) or take and image and try making an animation that zooms into the picture.

    Then if you know your way around, then hey start making a waving flags (with the use of gradients), or flash, or a lightning strike.

    Again, there's just so many things you can do :)
  16. Domh

    Domh Full Member

    all the instructions you need should be found online at adobes website accessible through the HELP menu.

    Exploring is the best way to learn, however.

    Enjoy! ;)
  17. ditch

    ditch Downunder Member

    Meteor, Domhain...sounds like good advise. Jump in and learn. :)
  18. Domh

    Domh Full Member

    youll find that its very intuitive. making animated gifs utilizes a frame by frame change system as if you are making a movie one frame at a time.

    the genius of imageready is that you can make all the art for your animation, place each different phase of the animation on a different layer, make a bunch of 'frames' for the animation, and simply change the visibility of each layer for each frame.

    im me anytime for photoshop or imageready help.

  19. ditch

    ditch Downunder Member

    Thanks Domhain, I appreciate your offer. The software is just mindboggling when you start learning a bit about its capabilities isn't it. Just wonderful ingenuity. I've had a pretty good look at Photoshop but not Image Ready. Animating avatars led me to IR and I look forward to getting into it. :)
  20. BigDeputyDog

    BigDeputyDog Straight Shootin Admin Staff Member


    I have Paint Shop Pro 7 and Animation Shop 3...

    I have found that one of the best ways to learn is by taking an already functioning animated gif and tearing it apart to learn what it is doing... Find a nice animation, save it, then open it with whatever software you have... toy with the settings, change things around... You'll be surprised at how quickly you can get up to speed!

    BDD... :{)

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