A Quick How-To Guide by Chris C
Here is a quick guide to the basics of creating animated images. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to e-mail me
1) Download a program that allows you to create an animated GIF.
I use Nano Webtools which I purchased about a year ago. I believe it was around $90. The reason I purchased a software was because I could not find a comprehensive list of "free" tools. A google search shows that there are numerous "freeware" and "shareware" utilities out there, but I cannot vouch for any of them.
This About.com site may help you find suitable software: http://animation.abou...
2) Prepare your images.
Resize and convert all your images to GIF (graphical interface format)
Make sure that all your images are the same size, or the animation will not be smooth
Due to meetup's image displays, I suggest that the images are resized no larger than 640X480 and for a thumb image a 320X280 is sufficient
The smaller your image, the more sequences you will be able to add!
ie at 640X480, you will be limited to about 10 images, at 320X280 you can sequence up to 20 images
3) Using your GIF animator program, you should be able to load the images into a sequence.
The variables that you can control include:
- Delay time
you definately want to put a delay, the properties are unique to each program. Using Nano webtools I set 200
- Loop: YES/NO (this allows the animation to wrap around)
- Loop forever: YES/NO (creates an infinite sequence)
4) After you save your file, you should be able to upload to an image storing site.
Wa-la, you have a nifty looking image.
If you need any help, please do not hesitate to contact me!
Other Software you can use
Other software programs that work for slideshow animation include:
- Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006 Editor -- Recommended by Mary Pinson for most image editing, but also pricey.
- Adobe Photoshop -- Recommended by Hilary if you already have and use the program for other things. It's complicated & pricey but does a nice job.
- Gif Construction set.
Recommended by Len:
Maybe not the most professional tool, but the animation wizard is a doddle.
So long as you have your pre-made images then you can simply tweak it to your hearts content after the wizard does it's job. Oh, and it's free to try out, and cheap to buy. My kinda price.
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