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How to create animated GIFs on Windows, Linux, and Mac — lesson 1 [Guide]
Posted By Mukhi On June 6, 2013 @ 9:56 AM In Linux,Mac OS X,Windows | 6 Comments
In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a simple animated GIF that shows text appear one word at a time, sort of like a screedbot, a scrolling typewriter text.
GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free, open-source, cross-platform, and powerful image editor for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert-quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, and so on.
GIMP Portable is a modified version of GIMP optimized for flash memory for Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 (Windows 8 support unknown). You can download it from here . (There are Linux and Mac OS X versions of GIMP , too, but they are not portable.) Download the self-extracting EXE, and extract to a folder of your choice. It writes settings to the application folder. GIMP Portable is Unicode supported. It has “Stealth” which means there will be zero left-over once the drive containing this program is withdrawn from your computer.
When you open GIMP, you can see 3 windows, viz., main window (GNU Image Manipulation Program) in the middle, Toolbox – Tool Options in the left, and Layers – Brushes in the right. If you ever close the Toolbox or the Layers window, you can bring it back by going to Windows > Recently Closed Docks.
To create an animated GIF with scrolling-like text, do the following:
That’s way too fast for most animated images, so you will probably want to play with the timing a little bit. There are two ways to do it.
Easier to read, right?
By controlling the timing of each layer, you can create very complex GIF images customized to suit your needs.
Not as hard as you thought, eh? The truth is GIMP can smoothly handle your animation needs without making you pay a dime, in a jiffy, and irrespective of the OS you are dealing with.
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 part 2: http://dottech.org/117790/how-to-create-animated-gifs-on-windows-linux-and-mac-lesson-2-guide/
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