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#1231    thebarman

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Posted 18 November 2004 - 10:11 AM

Difficult one, you're right when you say there's not a lot to work with. I'll have a tweek with it and show you what I can come up with...

Edit: Well this is what I came up with, it's not much but I think subtle is cool  cool.gif

Let me know if it's ok...

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Posted 18 November 2004 - 11:02 AM

wow, you work fast original.gif thanks alot original.gif

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Posted 18 November 2004 - 03:32 PM

Good job barman, i like the subtle dripping thumbsup.gif

WoW 106 animations now.. blink.gif   62 of mine and now 44 of yours barman, well i'm giving you some time to catch up tongue.gif
I'm moving anytime between the next few weeks, and the end of december. ive got a lot of things to do, i wont be on much at all untill after i get settled in. So i'm taking a break from animating and posting for a bit.

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Posted 18 November 2004 - 05:03 PM

Well I know I speak for everyone here when I say you'll be sorely missed UA, take care and we hope to see you back soon.

So....who's gonna help me animate these avatars then?

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Posted 18 November 2004 - 06:04 PM

I will, with my new program, and my newly gained knowledge



(i could use your help on MM)

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Posted 18 November 2004 - 06:06 PM

Barman- If I had my own computer up and running, and Macromedia's Firework MX, I'd be so willing to... but at present, I'm trying to find a place that won't explode when I turn the gas heat on. LOL

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Posted 18 November 2004 - 06:09 PM

LOL.........Maybe al the tims coffee cups are a form of fuel for those explosions??? tongue.gif

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Posted 18 November 2004 - 08:55 PM

well, i'm on my computer constantly (except during school, and sleep) since i have no life. I'll help out as best as i can with what resources i have.

oh Barman, about Ulead and MSN... if i just sign up for MSN mail, is that the same as their IM service? I have trillian (combines AIM, IRC, MSN, ICQ, and Yahoo) so then i could beg you for Ulead  grin2.gif

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Posted 19 November 2004 - 01:52 AM

I made my avatar. Its my first time USing unleead, and the "fading" effect. I've used microsoft GIF animator before. What do you pros think of the job i did?

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Posted 19 November 2004 - 02:09 AM

not saying i'm a pro, but it's good. a little different than how UA does lightning, but i like it... it's good...

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Posted 19 November 2004 - 02:26 AM

ok, thanks

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Posted 19 November 2004 - 02:43 AM

Thats awsome Jeremy! I can actually hear music playing along with the fading... I don't know why.


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Posted 19 November 2004 - 09:34 AM

QUOTE(Diebytheflyguy @ Nov 19 2004, 02:43 AM)
Thats awsome Jeremy! I can actually hear music playing along with the fading... I don't know why.

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Probably because your on some kind of hallucinogenic drug!  blink.gif  (joke)
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oh Barman, about Ulead and MSN... if i just sign up for MSN mail, is that the same as their IM service? I have trillian (combines AIM, IRC, MSN, ICQ, and Yahoo) so then i could beg you for Ulead

If you want Ulead then just ask, my MSN is barman_benvolio_1999@hotmail.com, just add me and then when we're both online I'll send it to you, it's a zipped file about 9mb and when I sent it to Jeremy it took about 10 minutes or so.

Alternatively as we're on different timezones get Jeremy's MSN and maybe he can send it to you, as I seem to be online when everyone else is tucked up in bed  sad.gif
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(i could use your help on MM)

Maybe I should start up a Gif animating "How To" thread, or I could do it in here, just running through how to get the basic effects and we could all share hints and tips, what does everyone think?  huh.gif

Edited by thebarman, 19 November 2004 - 03:47 PM.

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Posted 19 November 2004 - 11:15 AM

Sure. But i meant,i have started a thread over there, and wondered if you would help with animating, since i have no where near the skill you have.

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Posted 19 November 2004 - 03:22 PM

Lightning Tutorial:

OK, I thought I'd put together a little lightning tutorial as hopefully the first of a few so we can all animate super wonderfull things together, here goes using jeremy rumbolt's (JR) avatar as an example...

STEP 1:

First we take the basic frame of JR's avatar [See Fig.1] and save it to our hard drive, call it something like '01' then you'll know later on that it's the first frame.

Fig.1
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STEP 2:

Next, we need to add the lightning, now remember lightning is really fast, so we only need one frame, it should be a 'flash' not a strike.

So, we take our image titled '01' and "Save As" --> '02', then draw in our lightning. This bit is down to personal taste but I think zig-zags look best [See Fig.2], keep it simple no need for lightning all over the place.

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STEP 3:

Lightning is of course, quite bright, so along with the initial strike we want to give the effect that it has illuminated the sky. To do this we take our image '01' again and save it as, you guessed it --> '03'. Then we simply fill the background/sky in with white [See Fig.3].

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STEP 4:

We cant just have one strike of lightning, that would be boring, so take good old image '01' and add a completely different lightning strike and save it as '04' [See Fig.4].

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STEP 5:

OK, so now we've got all the frames we need, we just need to put them in order and stick them into our animator, remember we've only got 4 images but some will be duplicated. In this particular animation there are 12 frames, [See Fig.5] and this is their order:

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After each strike, comes a flash, then the strike again, the order of them is really personal preference and you could have as many different strikes as you like but it's best to keep it simple.

STEP 6:

Final step once all the frames are in our animator is the timing, again keep it simple. For this animation frames 1 and 5 are two seconds long, every other frame is 0.1 seconds long.

After this is done it should look like this...[See Fig.6]

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...and that's that, lightning!

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