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GIMP Animation Tutorials Basics to GIF

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Believe it or not, GIMP doesn't just create neat pictures, it makes neat MOVING one's too! Here is a basic rundown on how animation works in GIMP.

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There are simple options to animating your picture in the Filters>Animation drop menu (pic 1), but these are only limited to ripples, waves, and the like. There is a much more flexible way of animation. All it takes is a little bit of patience.


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Here is what you need to do for a more in-depth animation experience:


1) Create a new image. It can be any size, but preferably small, since animation files can become large.

2) Now you have to understand that GIMP, like all other animation programs, creates them picture by picture. Think of a flipbook, or a stop-motion picture. This means you have to draw one picture after another. This is the part where you need a lot of patience. Begin drawing your first frame, or your first page in a flipbook. I will create a man waving and saying "hi!" The possibilities are nearly endless, but I will do this simple one for time reasons. (pic 2)
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3) Add a new layer. This will be your next frame. Draw, then add a new layer, draw, then so on... Note that when you are stacking the layers, the layer on the bottom will be the one that plays first in the animation! (pic 3)


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GIMP Animation Tutorials-La CoffeeMelodie Suite


4) When you're done, go to Filters>Animation>Playback. Take a look at what you've made!(pic 4)


5) If everything is okay, go to Filters>Animation>Optimize (for GIF). Gif is the image file that allows you to view animations on your computer, the internet, et cetera. (pic 5)

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GIMP Animation Tutorials-La CoffeeMelodie Suite

6) You'll get a new GIF Optimized version of your animation. Save that as a .gif. It will ask something before you save it as a .gif. Click the Save as Animation bubble. Then click export.
(pic 6)

Congratulations! NOw you have a fully working animation! (pic 7)

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That wasn't so bad, was it! Practice by making a simple two-three-frames animation, and you will be surprised of how creative you can be!


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Please understand that GIMP, like all other animation programs, creates them picture by picture. Think of a flipbook, or a stop-motion picture. This means you have to draw one picture after another. This is the part where you need a lot of patience. But it does get easier, and I can promise you that you will feel that your hard work is paid off!




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