Author = HildiDescription = Learn how to make a color flow and let a dog run across the screen.
Skill level = Intermediate
Software = PI & Gif Animator
You need = A ready made Animation and a fat font. You can use my ani and font
Material = here
Open a new canvas - 550 x 110 - transparent.
Choose a font - black - size 60 - 3d
Write Party Time - duplicate.
Change from 3d to pipe.
Change the width to two and choose a color which compliments your fill color.
Click on the solid black one.
R/c - convert from path to image.
Duplicate four times (five frames).
Move the colored frame to the top.
Click on the first frame in the Layer Manager to activate.
Edit - fill.Magic Gradient.
Repeat with each frame, moving the wheel to - 0 - 72 - 144 - 216 - 288.
Crop the canvas, leaving the hight, but take away the empty space on the sides.
Now the fun starts.
Open the animation in PI - highlight ´open each frame as object´ on the pop-up.
In the Layer Manager, open all the eyes.
Click on the dog ani.
Activate the first dog in the Layer Manager - go to the dog ani - copy.
Activate your main ani - paste.
Move the dog to the left using the keyboard arrows (don't move it with the courser).
Repeat with the second dog leaving the first dog open that you can see what you are doing.
Activate the second dog in the Layer Manager - go to the dog ani - copy.
Activate the main ani - paste.
Moving the dog with the arrow key that it is in front of the first dog.
Repeat till you have all the dogs done.
There are 20 dog frames. When you have done them all, you will end up a bit over the middle.
In the layer manager, activate all the dogs by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on each layer to turn them blue (to select them all). It will look like this.
With the courser, hover over the activated dogs in your main ani - r/c - duplicate.
While active, use the arrow key and move them to fit on the end of the first lot of dogs, letting them overlap like before.
Your animation should look like this.
Save as ufo to a place where you find it again.
Open Gif Animator.
Click on ´open an existing file´.
Close all eyes except the first Text - colored frame - first dog.
It will look like this.
Add a frame.
Then open second Text frame - close first Text frame.
Open second dog - close first dog.
Add a frame.
Repeat, always closing the previous one and opening the next.
Add a frame.
When you have done the first five dogs and text, start with opening the first text frame again - closing the eye on the fifth text and keep going onto dog six.
When you have done all the dogs
Add another Text frame using the third Text frame and no dog.
Add another Text frame using the fifth Text frame without dog.
Leave timing at default.
Go to Edit - resize - bring the hight down to 85. The width will adjust itself. Preview your animation.
If you like what you have done Optimize it.
I have my value at 128 line, otherwise it's has to many kb´s.
Save as gif.
Hope my explanation was clear enough.
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