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For the animated mots tutorial, something that zendude wrote 3 years ago (source).
I'll either merge it into one tutorial with RPGaholic's version or make two separate tutorials on one page.
"How to Make Moving Mots"
First of all, download the most recent Gimp Version, version 2.4.7 or the latest one. Google GIMP. It should be available in Sourceforge.net. For those who has Photoshop, refer to Youtube videos to help you make .gifs, as it should be the same process, but I don't know about Photoshop, so go figure. GIMP is used because it is free (legit) and pretty easy to use.
Then, download the attachment GAP (GIMP Animation Package). Here is the link:
* This is the add-on for GIMP that allows you to make make .gifs.
- You know the basic right? Like layering, overlaying, cropping, lassoing, etc.
- Do you know to save specific file types? Like .jpeg, .gif, .pgn, etc.
- Well, if you know all these, then the next steps are pretty easy to follow. If not, I will explain how to do these later on, maybe.
For experimental purposes:
- Find a random gif and save it.
- Open the gif with GIMP.
- On the right, if you haven't altered the defaulted settings, you will see the layers of the .gif. Note, these are about the layers of the image and the slides for the .gif.
- Examine it and look how they are named.
- If it is a .gif, it will have something like this next to the name (xxxxms), "x" representing a random number and "ms" for milliseconds, the time variable for each slide to appear.
- On the canvas, look for the "Filters" tabs. At this tab, look for "Animation," then at the "Animation" click "Playback" to watch the image. Don't forget to press play, as this doesn't autoplay.
- Tips: On the "Animation" tab, don't forget to "Optimize Image" for Gif. Don't make gif images too big. Always save images as "Gif" and as "Animation."
Well here are pictures to help you:
1. Take a random .gif
2. Take a blank of a motivational poster and scale it down until it is the desirable size
* Well, I didn't scale it down, but you get the idea.
3. Line the layers up and insert text:
* I don't know how I made the background yellowish, but don't worry too much about that.
- Making moving mots shouldn't be a problem, even to the inexperience. It just takes some practice and experimenting to get the hang of it.
- Youtube is your friend.
Just ask if you have any questions or need any help. I am actually getting really good at GIMP. Okay, good luck.
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