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    Gif ?

    Dear Ragers, have tried to make a gif, downloaded some free programs but all lost me, downloaded GIMP but that lost me too, can't even find the word 'GIF' in the GIMP program, i see there are some moving avatars and wonder if they are gif's, would like to try to make a moving avatar, any suggestion would be appreciated very much, thank you, xox

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    Hi Lee,
    Gimp can save your files in GIF format,
    when you "save as" in the window that open,
    at the bottom, you have an arrow and
    the text "choice of the kind of file"(or something like that),
    you have to click on it and you will see a long list of formats
    that you can save as, just try to find GIF in there, it is, for sure !
    Hope that helps !
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    1. Any decent art program can save as GIF (including ArtRage, of course).

    GIMP supports quite a few formats. In order to save as GIF in GIMP:

    -First, you should convert your image to Indexed color mode, if it is not already. (Image: Mode: Indexed...: Convert)

    -Then go to File: Save As... In the Name box up at the top, type in a filename with the extension ".gif"--for example, "mypicture.gif". (If you skipped the Image Mode conversion, GIMP will now ask you to convert to Indexed Mode or Grayscale. Choose one and select Export, then Save.)

    -That's it!

    1. You could make a basic animated avatar in GIMP by putting your images on different layers and saving as .GIF (GIMP will then ask if you want to save as an animation).

    You can download an add-on called GAP that makes it easier to customize animation effects in GIMP.
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    Dear Dany51 and Terry, Thank You both so much!!! Dany, i did find where you told me to look, Terry, your instructions are very clear, i think i am trying to do something that must not be a gif now that you both have given me some information, i did a quick AR picture of grapes and ps'd them into different colors, i thought i could make a color changing gif out of them then into gif avatar, guess a gif in not the right direction to go, but sure do appreciate your help, attached a sample of the different colors, thanks again,,!!! xox
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    When it comes to animated avatars, a GIF file is pretty much the only way to make it happen. Is the avatar for use here? If so, it will need to be resized to fit within an 80 x 80 pixel area.

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    Hi Lee, you're looking to output an animated gif and not just a gif

    For GIMP try the following links:-
    Simple Animations in Gimp
    Using GAP (GAP is the Gimp Animation Package)

    You could also just google a search for 'free animated gif software' and find many little free packages that specialise in animated gifs. (these software packages will most likely be the easiest way for you to achieve your goal)

    Photoshop and Fireworks will do it but those are costly packages

    Hope this helps
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    Dear Juz, Thank You so much for your help, will search for the free programs, not to mention how ArtRage members seem to come to the rescue, very much appreciate it!!!xox!

    Dear Someonesane, well, what can i say, Thank You is a little mild, have put up the Grapes gif avatar and hope that is ok with you, am silly with how pretty it looks, all sparkly and colorful, wondered how it would turn out if i ever figured it out, which i havene't yet, but let me tell you, Dear Someonesane, i will figure it out, downloaded the free GIMP program and tried over and over till it made me nuts and had to walk away in frustration, but, will try again, was thinking that i couldn't be done, not getting any younger and this tech stuff? yowie!!!! a real pain in the head,,, it gets tougher!!! now, thanks so much again and back to the drawing board???!!! xox

    ps, Dany, Terry and Juz, wll check out the GAP add-on, thank you!!! xox

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    Dear Friends and Gentle People of AR, well???, have tried off and on for days to make an animated gif out of my grapes pictures, was able to make an animated gif in the forementioned suggested programs but, went nuts again trying, can make the animation but can only save it in the program it was created in, can't seem to be able, not matter what i do, can't seem to save it in a usable form, i mean, i can't save the animation to be able to use it as an avatar, i would attach the gif animation file here but it is invalid,,,,,would be nice if ArtRage could have a little simple animation too, yes??? but, in the meantime, can i make my GIMP gif animation into an everyday plain old usable file,,, best wishes all!!!xox

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    Hi Lee
    GIMP can be really pedantic about how you output... this might be the issue. Flyashy is really the one to ask about GIMP.

    I found this freeware .gif animator which may be a lot easier for you to get a working animation out of
    Beneton Movie GIF

    You will need to update to the latest Direct X drivers from Microsoft (the link is on the download page)

    Also make sure your output animation does not measure more than 80px X 80px width and height and no larger than 19.5kb in file size or Artrage wont allow you to use it as an avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juz View Post
    Also make sure your output animation does not measure more than 80px X 80px width and height and no larger than 19.5kb in file size or Artrage wont allow you to use it as an avatar
    Just to note: if you are exceeding the 19.5KB limit, try indexing with a smaller palette.

    Good luck! You are almost there!
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