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Lisa
05-14-2011, 01:08 AM
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Here at GingerScraps your finished siggie needs to be 700 pixels x 150 pixels MAX.
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First, build your background and add your shows as in a normal LO. Next, add the element you wish to animate, I chose a butterfly. Add your first element in the first position…<o:p></o:p>
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I usually don’t name my layers but I do when animating, I called mine butterfly 1. Now duplicate that layer, I use crtl+J, rename it butterfly 2, then using the arrow keys nudge it over so the layers overlap a bit…<o:p></o:p>
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Next, using ctrl+T, rotate the element a bit to mimic the butterflies fluttering, you can make it a bit smaller also. In my finished siggie I used PS5’s Puppet Warp, it’s not necessary but fun, and we’ll cover that later.<o:p></o:p>
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Now duplicate butterfly 1 again, in the layers palette move it over butterfly 2, rename it butterfly 3. Using the arrow keys nudge it so it overlaps butterfly 2. Now duplicate butterfly 2, name it butterfly 4 and move it over butterfly 3, then nudge. Continue to duplicating, renaming and nudging until your screen is covered.<o:p></o:p>
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Click the eye in the layer palette so that only butterfly 1 is visible. Now open the Animation window…<o:p></o:p>
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If your screen doesn’t look like this, click the Convert to Frame Animation…<o:p></o:p>
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Chose a frame time, try .02 seconds…<o:p></o:p>
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Click the duplicate frame button in the animation palette…
http://i182.photobucket.com/albums/x65/dirtchickpics/12.jpg

In the layers palette, unclick the eye button next to butterfly 1 and click the eye next to butterfly 2… <o:p></o:p>
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Repeat the steps, click the duplicate frame button in the animation palette, in the layers palette, unclick the eye button next to butterfly 2 and click the eye next to butterfly 3…<o:p></o:p>
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Continue until all the frames are completed. I added one more frame without a butterfly and changed the timing on that frame to 1 second. Click play to watch. Save you file, then choose “Save for Web and Devices” chose GIF, you can resize it to under 700 x 150 if needed. Now it’s ready to upload.<o:p></o:p>
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If you have Photoshop CS5 you can play with Puppet Warp. Go to Edit / Puppet Warp. You can add pins in places you want to manipulate; I made mine “squishyer”. Play with your element then replace it within the layers and timeline.<o:p></o:p>
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<o:p>Today I decided I wanted the butterfly to fly behind the "A" so I moved that layer to the top of the list.</o:p>
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<o:p>I hope this is a fun tut, and hopefully NOT confusing. Post up if you have questions.</o:p>

PixelsByJen
05-14-2011, 04:23 AM
This is awesome Lisa! I always wondered how to do this :) Might have to give it a go soon

Jodi
05-23-2011, 02:32 PM
Awesome tutorial Lisa!

GodBlessAmerica
02-28-2012, 04:29 AM
Great tutorial. I have not done any animation in a few year. I need to re-learn it. lol

geswho40
08-05-2012, 07:29 PM
Wow, thanks for pointing this out Lisa, this is really cool, I just may have to try this sometime soon. Great job on the tut, thank you for taking the time to put this together!

missdamsel
08-05-2012, 07:56 PM
I have never done animation in CS so it's good to know how!! Thanks!

msbrad
08-05-2012, 10:39 PM
Oh wow!!! how cool you did this tut for us! I was about to PM you to ask you created your awesome siggie!
Thanks- cannot wait to try this out.
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ps- does it work other places??

trina513
08-06-2012, 12:49 PM
I just came across this now - great tut Lisa! I've done this before - but you explained it so well!

Ricki
08-17-2012, 10:23 PM
I never even thought of trying animation, always looked too complicated. Until now and it was so easy, I tried it on my first sig. Thank you very much Lisa for the great guide! When I succeeded I was thrilled like a kid to see my butterfly fluttering around :)

btw, how is it written, siggy or siggie? I have seen it written both ways many times..........

.....but then it didn't fly here so back to the old one until I work this out............silly me.

swastinadia
09-04-2012, 03:11 PM
Wow, I just read this really useful tutorial.... I've always been a fan of your siggie, Lisa.
I think I might try it out and hopefully can come up with fun siggie like yours :)

Harmonystar
09-09-2012, 02:16 PM
Super Awesome! And thanks for using my kit for this tutorial. It looks fantastic!!

*france*
10-23-2014, 12:24 PM
Wow! Your siggies look awesome! I've never ever tried this, might have to give it a go! Thanks so much!!!!!

*france*
10-23-2014, 12:27 PM
PS: any idea why my signature sometimes vanishes? sometimes I post and it's there, others it's not....
this is the code I have in my settings:

without the spaces. It's showing up now, but didn't in the post before, and was showing up fine earlier.... maybe I've invented the "sometimes you see it/Sometimes you don't" siggie!!! Ok, off to try to animate something!

ETA: it's working now, and I even made it animated thanks to a fabulous tutorial I found here!!!!

*france*
10-23-2014, 01:14 PM
Ohmy! You make it soooo simple... I was so afraid of trying this before, here's mine! (and in my siggie too but since mine's been vanishing on and off, I'm posting the image here too)
Thank you so much!!! What fun!! (oh, I have a 5 second delay in the first frame as it's supposed to be a bit spooky and unexpected since it's a hallowe'en siggie!)
http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w178/acanuckinoz/Digiscrapping/CT%20layouts/animation-trial.gif

*france*
10-24-2014, 10:55 PM
Hey Lisa, just wanted to show the other siggie I made for my other digi-home... thanks to you!!!!!
http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w178/acanuckinoz/Digiscrapping/6.gif

now I'm thinking I should have made him go from one end to the ohter like you did but I just re-worked a siggie I already had and that was sort of the spot-for-the-ghost!!! I think you are a star! :rocker1: (see, you rock, and you are a star, hence a rock star!!!!)

Ricki
10-24-2014, 11:19 PM
Hey Lisa, just wanted to show the other siggie I made for my other digi-home... thanks to you!!!!!
http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w178/acanuckinoz/Digiscrapping/6.gif

now I'm thinking I should have made him go from one end to the ohter like you did but I just re-worked a siggie I already had and that was sort of the spot-for-the-ghost!!! I think you are a star! :rocker1: (see, you rock, and you are a star, hence a rock star!!!!)

Loved the ghost :)

Lisa
10-25-2014, 12:36 AM
Great work France, they are both terrific!