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How The Heck Do You Do That?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Zoroaster03, Apr 13, 2003.

  1. Ok, you magicians out there, explain to me this:

    How do you get the pictures to move? How do moving GIF files work? I've seen and collected a lot of those things from these forums, and would like to know either:

    1. where you get them from, and/or
    2. how you make them.

    I'm baffled. Any answers?

    PS these are the things I'm raving about:
  2. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    it's "magic" therefore i will never tell my secrets

  3. Ha ha.

    Not funny. :D
  4. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    I use Image Ready (comes with Photoshop)

    it's hard to explain gif animation, depends on what you want to do...

    a lot has to do with the use of "layers" and creating "frames" of animation

    im still fooling around with the program
  6. By-Tor


    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    Go to http://download.com and you can download a few GIF Animation program demos.

    After playing around with these programs you'll get the basic idea.
  7. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    yes it did...the cat blinked...

  8. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    OK. How come none of the .gif files move or do their repective animation when I'm either looking at them or have them downloaded? They used to on this computer.

    Edit: I do have one .gif in my pictures file that does move, however, none of the .gif avatars like Dave Castelo's, do anything.
  9. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Image ready user here too, though not with much proficiency yet. I'm working on it though. You start to figure out how to do it eventually, if you screw around with it enough.
  10. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    i've been having a similar problem lately: the first time an animated .gif loads it's not animated, but if i right click on it and reload it it starts working.

  11. i've been using microsoft GIF animator, which is freeware and very easy to use. i have imageready but was not aware you could animate gifs with it..
  12. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    it might be:
    -really slow connection
    -web browser properties (check if "Activate Animations" (IE) is unchecked
    -you pressed the STOP button (it stops page loading and if page is already loaded it stops animations)
  13. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    Thanks Dave. I stumbled on that last night, after I posted, and now your cat is doing my laundry.;)

    PS. Up till now I never new some of these smilies had animation.:bassist:
  14. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    glad i could help you (and others probably)

  15. I thought I'd add this, since a lot of animagif newbies seem to do it wrong;

    If you want a particular frame to last a certain time, set the duration property! Do NOT add in fifty copies of the same frame, which will swell the size of your gif needlessly.

    Just letting ya know...
  16. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    I still think you somehow have magic powers Dave. The time before the cat blinks is pretty long to be under 4kb and to look better that ****. What's the secret, huh, HUH?
  17. s-minigun. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] rude.
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    google.com keyword em......
  19. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    it's not like every second is a frame or anything; you can set how long each frame lasts. so that's probably just two frames.