6.2 Building an Animated GIF by Hand

At the beginning of this chapter, we built an animation frame by frame as layers in one image. Here is a general list of the steps to use as a guide for building similar animations:

The Frames to Image dialog

Figure 6-13. The Frames to Image dialog

  1. Create a stationary background for the animation.

  2. Create another layer with the object that will move; it may be cut from a photograph, drawn using paint tools, or typed in as text.

  3. For each new position of the object, duplicate the preceding layer and apply some transformation to the new layer: Move, rotate, or deform the object, zoom in or out, and so on. Take care when doing this, or the animation ...

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