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Posted 15 December 2004 - 10:55 AM
It should come with a "read-me" file when you download it that should tell you how it works but basically you draw each frame yourself in a program like paint, and then insert them into the animator which sticks them together and plays them.
As with any program the best way to learn is to just give it a shot, play around for a while and see what you can come up with, you'll figure out much more that way than reading anything I might have written
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To use it open any image in paint (or any image editing program -photoshop, ulead, ultimate paint, corel draw, ...etc), save it as a GIF (you may loose color, pasting the original image over a saved gif sometimes helps) Then edit the image, for movement. Save each frame in a temp folder (click file, and save as. NUMBER EACH FRAME!)when satisfied with your animating right click the last image and "open with" GIF animator (you will have to browse for the GIF animator the first time) Add each frame from last to first, use the '+' button to add frames.
-The first tab is trial and error with the dither method (undefined usually works best) -Second tab is for looping or repeat amount (click repeat and forever) -Third tab is for frame duration. (10-20/100s usually works best for fluid movement, more for pauses, less for flashes)
you can open any GIF to see the frames and the 'inner workings' to get ideas on how to perfect your skills- Right click on an existing GIF and click 'open with' then choose GIF animator.- sometimes you may get odd frames (mostly blank or partial frames) these are from compression, or GIF images made with other programs.
this animator is a pest whenever i save something and try to open it up on the screen it says there is an error
What error message? Do you get the error message when you open something you're trying to animate? If so , make sure you save each frame as a GIF.
If you get the error message when you open an existing animated gif, its possible that the file(s) were not made with msGIF animator, and the animator simply cant read the file. All of my animations were done with msGIF animator, try a couple and see if it works
Edited by UniversalAbsurdity, 16 December 2004 - 05:30 PM.
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Posted 18 December 2004 - 04:14 PM
when i animate, i don't even save the pictures... i copy and paste the 1st frame into paint, and then into MS Gif. Then i edit the 1st frame in paint, and copy and paste that into MS Gif, and so on, and so on...