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All these tutorials I have learned from gimptalk.com and various tuts in groups / forums on IMVU.

I am posting this as a tut for the next tuts below all will require a .gif file

Red = in this tut is the options you do not select.
Green =in this tut is the option you do select.


SAVING IMAGES AS AN ANIMATION {A.K.A. .gif}

Before I post the next tutorials I am going to explain how to save these images
and why it is important to understand a merged image or flat image vs. an animation.

A merged image will come out like a photo one layer even though you have added several layers to your image
you in the end merge all these layers to create you final picture like a photograph.

In order to create an animation you will want to save it like a film.
Playing each image frame one at a time to create a motion picture/image.

{Animation .gif}

When you save your image you will have the option
When you select SAVE AS these dialog boxes will appear just follow these steps to save your image as a .gif animation.


This is the first box of options for saving:

Merge Visible Layers .jpg or .bmp etc. / OR / Save As Animation .gif

Anything animated you will always choose this option SAVE AS ANIMATION

The next Option is Convert to Indexed using default mode or Convert to Grayscales

I use the Indexed Mode

and tick the Export option

The next Box appears with these sets of options:

GIF Options:
Interlace -

I usually DO NOT tick this box

GIF comment: *Insert a box with a comment here*
(tick or dont tick, its your own option)

I usually DO NOT TICK THIS BOX

Animated GIF Options:
(Simply put, this means about your animation)

Loop Forever -

Unticked it will (or should) only go through your layers just once

Tick this box if you want a continous motion(repeat motion) to your image

I ALWAYS TICK THIS BOX.


Next is your timing for the frames (Delay between frames where unspecified)
default is set to 100 mileseconds
Which rule of thumb means = about 1 second per frame

For a blinkinng avi or winking avi pic, I slow mine down to about 650 mileseconds
For me this is a slower effect and looks more realistic.
But that option is totally up to you. You would only need 2 frames
to create this effect and it will keep your file size small enough
to submit it to IMVU as an AVI pic.


The more frames you have the slower they will go.
It's going to take a while for it to go at a decent speed,
I would probably lower the delay between frames below 100.
If I had only 2 frames I'd boost it to about 200 to 300 ms,
Depending on how I like the effect it is creating.


Frame disposal where unspecified: default says I don't care
from the drop down box.
combine
or
replace
I choose replace {not sure it really matters}

Use delay entered above for all frames(this is your timing)
I always tick this

Use disposal entered above for all frames

I do not tick this BOX

tick
SAVEand you are done

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