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GIMP Animation Tutorial by 12hc12 GIMP Animation Tutorial by 12hc12
:megaphone: Attention!
Considering the great amount of time since I have thought about emotes or animations, never mind the neglect I've put on my digital editing programs, I can no longer truly provide satisfactory advice for all you budding emoticonists and animators. I still love to see a new emote now and then, and the comments on both my tutorials are very uplifting. However, the flood of questions must come to an end.
But, I won't just leave you in the dark. There are many resources out there in the deviantART community that can really help.
Be sure to check out #Emotication for other tutorials and a long list of resources for all aspects of emoticon creation. If you need a mentor, they have a program set up to give you the kind of help you need.
If you have a specific question about emoticons or emoticon creation (including animation), head over to #WeEmote. The group there are sure to have an answer for you, or at least point you in the right direction.

For those of you that use this tutorial for non-emoticon art forms, I can't guarantee that either of those resources will be helpful. Check out the Groups page and search for a group that can help; there's bound to be one out there for you. And of course, dA has a massive section on tutorials for some of the most popular programs (as well as general tutorials) that can be easily found in the Resources and Stock Images > Tutorials gallery.

If you comment or send me a note, please don't be offended if I direct you elsewhere. I really can't provide you with the help you deserve.

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READ THIS BEFORE GETTING HELP.
I have had countless eager animators ask me the same question countless times, so here's hoping this can reduce the amount of repetition.
Many people have explained a situation in which the layers "stack" on top of each other when the animation is played. In other words, instead of showing one frame at a time, the previous frame (layer) does not go away. If you are having this problem, please be sure that your layers ALL look like the example below before contacting me for assistance.
Layer B (200 ms)(replace)
Layer A (100 ms)(replace)

etc.

If you do not use the replace method, or do not indicate that you want to use this method, GIMP may automatically assume things it should not assume. Ensure all frames have the (replace) indicator in them. As well, make sure all layers have a unique name.
Examples of unique names:
:bulletgreen: Layer 1, Layer 2, Layer 3
:bulletgreen: Start, blink, close
:bulletgreen: Frame A, Frame B, Frame C

Layers CANNOT include any of the following at the end of its name, which are created by duplicating layers:
:bulletred: copy, copy #1, #2, etc.


If you are still having issues, but you have ensured that all layers are named properly, you can comment and ask for assistance. I should be able to point you in the right direction, but I don't know everything. If I can't answer your question, feel free to do a google search. They're useful, trust me.

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Forgot to mention: steal my lighting style, and I'll have to give you a kick in the pants. Oh, and I'll bitch at you. Stealing styles is the same as stealing art; not only does it show a lack in originality, it's just pathetic.

To see the final result of the emote used in this tutorial,
click here.

(The emote is using the Combine method, though it would look the same if it was using the Replace method. Note that the times of the layers are 2000ms and 70ms.)

`CookiemagiK said that he wasn't sure how to animate in GIMP, so I figured I should make a tutorial.
Yes, I know, it's ugly as hell, but it's the information that counts. ^^;
Cut me some slack, it's my first tutorial.

The tutorial starts AFTER you have created something to animate, so this is useless for those of you who can't make emotes or pixel art. Maybe I'll make a tutorial for that later. :shrug:
This goes through the process of animating, including both methods of animating, layer naming, and the final touches.

Keep in mind:
This is a basic tutorial; build and learn off of it. If you want your emote to move, then each new layer would be shifted up, down, left or right.
If you want the emote to talk, you need to animate the mouth closing, then opening.
Walking consists of diagonal movements.
Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.


Programs used: GIMP (pixel art and screenshots), Paint.NET (tutorial).


Requested by ~aicaz: Advanced Animation tutorial at the GIMP website, using the GIMP GAP tool, easily found and downloaded around the GIMP site.


Permission given to explosivegfx.com to use this tutorial.
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:iconchefia-64:
Chefia-64 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, I'll try something tomorrow. Seems easy! xD Let me see if my brain can understand it all =P
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:iconpretecheft86:
Pretecheft86 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist
Excellent tutorial! :D Thank you! :meow:
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:iconpawsthekitty:
PawsTheKitty Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Too hard.. :/

I don' even know how to change the pencil color..
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Smoki8 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ehm, when I duplicate it is won't let me erase the eye so I can make it closed...pwease help



EDIT

WAIT NEVERMIND
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:iconthelezh:
TheLezh Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Eh, sorry if this question isn't related enough to this tutorial (Which was very helpful by the way.) but
i'm having problems loading in a gif.

I used "Open as layers" As all the layers did match all the frames of animation. But for some
reason, the parts/colors of some of the original gif frames were lost.

Some frames would be nearly transparent were there was white as only one specific frame
retained everything (It was mostly white too.) And any mode I put this on, it doesn't work.
Infact, everything turns black in index mode. (Otherwise i'm doing this in RBG for the most part.)

I think it might have to do something with transparency but it doesn't explain the one mostly white image
that survived intact. When that was loaded in, Gimp named it "background (1000ms) as all the other
effected layers are named "Frame[Increasing in Number starting from 2](100ms) (combine)."

I have no idea what's happening and I tried to search for solutions but it feels like i'm the only one
who's having this problem. Maybe you can help?
    
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:icondarkearth2345:
Darkearth2345 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot for the help with this tutorial, it was very easy to follow along with.
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:iconzeldatwilightfreak:
zeldatwilightfreak Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How would you transfer images that you have already drawn and then make an animation? I prefer to draw with SAI so I made my little pics there but I'm not sure how you would put them all in one gimp file like that because I tried and I had to keep on copying and pasting but It still didn't work, Am I doing something wrong??
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Stairfell Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*sees your comment so long after you posted it*

save it as a psd file (for photoshop). If you open it in gimp, it'll still have layers
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:iconzeldatwilightfreak:
zeldatwilightfreak Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh, okay! That makes since! Thanks so much! :iconmoesmileplz: :iconrenaspinplz:
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:iconsourpony:
sourpony Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I'm getting GIMP, so this is fab.
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:iconstaar-gazer:
Staar-Gazer Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! This really helped :D
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:iconwinter-wondermare:
Winter-Wondermare Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sir, I must thank you in advance for this tutorial. I was testing out an animation today and it worked perfectly. Now all I have to do is finish it. :)
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:iconbleachxfan:
bleachxfan Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
This helped a lot thank you.:)
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:iconsolbriller:
SolBriller Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
THIS HELPED ME TONS! I made my first animation and I loved it! THANK YOU
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:iconlucille0765:
Lucille0765 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks~ This helped a lot, but if you don't mind answering I have one question. In my animation it works and runs smoothly in the program, but when I put it in an email to show my friends it works fine till about half way through and then this thick white line appears somewhat over the other half of the animating part. Is there any way to solve this problem?
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:iconsmoki8:
Smoki8 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What type of email do you have?


*sees this comment so long after it was posted*
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:iconrunningsquirrel7:
runningsquirrel7 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Student Artist
Nice tutorial :).
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:iconkyo-comics:
Kyo-comics Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! I had looked at another tutorial for gimp and it said how to make it but not how to save it!
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:iconumbreonthedark:
umbreonthedark Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Thank you, this tutorial really helped. c:
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:iconleren-love:
Leren-Love Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for sharing! I just downloaded GIMP and didn't know how to use it, this helped a lot :3 thanks ^^
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:iconinnocentnarwhal:
InnocentNarwhal Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks so much! I'm going to use your tutorial to animate my DA icon I'm drawing :):):)
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:iconpandorasmusicalbox:
PandorasMusicalBox Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for this! It helped me create my new icon (which I'm very happy for).
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:iconthe-deviant-kaba:
The-Deviant-Kaba Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are the previous layers supposed to disappear when in playback? Because it doesn't do that for me. I need help.
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tigirl6412 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
anyone know how to do this w/out downloading????
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:iconpixeljunkey:
pixeljunkey Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
i need some help when i try to play it back it goes all weird and jagy yet when im looking at it still it fine.
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:iconxxtaiga-chanxx:
XxTaiga-ChanxX Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
COOL!!
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:iconadeleeevee:
AdeleEevee Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
How do I change colors? I have 2.8, could someone please explain this? I prefer photoshop but my trial is up. :iconcryforeverplz:
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:iconlibearty:
Libearty Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student General Artist
I love you for making this.
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:icondupinema:
dupinema Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this!:la:I used this to animate my icon.:D
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:iconjaytess:
Jaytess Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
waaaaait.....how do you make slower animations?
i make one and uploaded it but its really really fast
[link]

i tried slowing it down by making a ton of layers but it is getting tedious
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:iconoparu-chan:
oparu-chan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This was incredibly helpful! Now I was able to animate my icon~ :heart:
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:iconmille221b:
Mille221B Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
What if drew the frames in paint tool sai?
I've already imported them as layers, but when I press playback gimp just add the layers on top off eachother so it ends up in one big mess!!! So frustrated, what can I do?
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:iconmille221b:
Mille221B Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
forget it, figured it out :)
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:iconwhentheycry23:
WhenTheyCry23 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I had the same problem. Then I figured it out.
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:iconmelchiorflyer:
MelchiorFlyer Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yay! now I can make animated sprites!!!
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:iconhippychow:
hippychow Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Thank you times a million! Your tutorial was so neat and organized, and really helped me! Thanks!
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:iconelliemcdoodler:
EllieMcDoodler Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :aww: I never could've figured out how to animate in GIMP without this! :la:
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012   General Artist
Wonderful tutorial! :w00t:
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superhorse1999 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconomoilomo:
omoilomo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
All this just blew right over my mind.... :U i shall read it again.
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:iconnolwenamiel:
NolweNamiel Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Thanks for the tutorial. I've been looking as the emoticons and some of the animation is really awesome.
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:iconshadow-creator:
shadow-creator Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Thank you! This is really helpful!
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:iconzombified-muffin:
Zombified-Muffin Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist
Omg, thank you ; v ;
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:iconparallel-skies:
Parallel-Skies Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconxcyanide-skies:
xcyanide-skies Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG SO HELPFUL THANKS 8DDDDD
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:iconariahunter:
AriaHunter Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I made this [link] I am quite proud
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oopsitsbekah Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
okay there's probably an obvious answer and may have been answered in the tut haha, but i've made a cloud that goes up and down in all separate layers so up1 (1ms), up2 (1ms)....down1 (1ms)...ect ect. but the layers show through as in you can see the previous layers when a layer moves up. hope you get me? wondered how to fix this and what is it that i'm doing wrong :/
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:iconcoolapplestache:
coolapplestache Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It won't let me edit the layers, what should I do?
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DarkAncientLight Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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