Author        = Hildi
Skill level    = Beginner
You need    = PIx3 or a lower version - Gif Animator
Knowledge of how to use PI
Material        = here
Terms of use = Please read



Let's start with unzipping the Hippo. It is a png file, so you can use it in other programs also.

Step 1
Open the Hippo in PI and duplicate it (Ctrl + D).
Close the original, we do not need it anymore.

Step 2
R/click on the Hippo and merge all.
With the lasso tool lassotool   circle the eyes.

lasso eyes

R/click - convert to object.
Duplicate twice.

Step 3
Activate the first dulicate.
With the warp tool  warp tool  pull the lid down halfway like this without distorting the black.
Smooth the lid out with the blur tool

warp down

Step 4
Activate the second duplicate and repeat the warping, but this time pull the lid down to cover the eyes.

full warp

Smooth it with the blur tool again.

Step 5
With the standard selection tool, select the ears each separately.

select ear

R/click - convert to object.
Pull the ear off to the workspace.

pull off

R/click on the ear - merge all.
With the  want   click on the white background - r/c invert - r/c convert to object.
Now push it back onto the Hippo and fit it to the original place.
Repeat with the other ear.

Step 6
Activate the ear.
With the distortion tool move the nodes like this.


Repeat with the other ear.

Step 7
Close all the eyes in the Layer Manager except the Hippo.


Activate the base image.
With the magic want  magic want  click on the white background - r/c invert -
r/c convert to object.
Close the eye of the base image in the Layer Manager.

Step 8
On the duplicated Hippo, erase the ears.


Your Layer Manager should look like this.


Step 9
Open all eyes in the Layer Manager except the base.
Crop the Hippo like this.


Now save as ufo

Step 10
Open the Gif Animator.
Open an existing file.

open animator

Step 11

first frame

Close all eyes except the Hippo.
add a frame.

Step 12

second frame

Open the eye of the half lid and the Hippo.
Keep the ears, full lid and the earless Hippo closed.
Add a frame.

Step 13
Open the eye of the full lid, close the eye of the half lid.
Add a frame.

Step 14
Open the eye of the ears and the earless Hippo.
Close the eyes of the original Hippo and half lid.

Step 15
In the storyline follow my timing.


R/click on the first frame - animation Properties - put in 15 and repeat this on the second frame.
The third frame, put in 10.
The fourth frame, put in 7.

Step 16
Go to Edit - resize - put 200 into hight -the width will adjust itself.
Click on preview and if you like what you have created,
Optimize it.
To keep the kb's down, I have optimized mine with 128 photo.
Save as gif.

Hope you could follow my tut easily.



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