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Old May 22nd, 2008, 02:17 PM
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I searched and searched but couldn't find help with this. How do you make an avatar animated? I noticed many of you have them, but I have no idea where to even begin. Thanks.
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 02:24 PM
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I searched and searched but couldn't find help with this. How do you make an avatar animated? I noticed many of you have them, but I have no idea where to even begin. Thanks.
They are animated gif files. There are a few different tools available on the web, some free, some for $$. Some are better than others (of course).

I have a very old crappy tool that MS (info here) used to distribute...not even sure if they provide it any more (edit: they don't but you can get it here). (My current avatar was not made using said tool, but my previous one with the skeletal horse head was.)

The way that they work is like traditional animation; you have several files that each represent a stage in the progression of the animation and then the animating programs combine them in to one file that is then displayed frame by frame.
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Re: Animated avatar

As Cavalier stated you must make them yourself utilizing special software - I personally Use Photoshop which is way too expensive to justify buying simply to animate an avatar!

Another way to get an animated avatar is to find an avatar website Google: Free Avatars. Or, be really nice to someone like me that doesn't have 35 projects sitting in front of them!

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Re: Animated avatar

Malechi fixed me up with my current spin. Given the avatar I had to live through to get it though, I cannot recommend asking him for help

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Re: Animated avatar

Cool, this MS one works fine. Thanks, guys.
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Cool, this MS one works fine. Thanks, guys.
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 03:02 PM
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Re: Animated avatar

Sorry, another problem - The .gif is apparently too large to use as an avatar, as it's 244x298 and 199 KB. I put it on photobucket and when I try to link to it I'm told the remote file is too large. I saved it as a .jpg but it's not animated once I do that. Any suggestions?
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Sorry, another problem - The .gif is apparently too large to use as an avatar, as it's 244x298 and 199 KB. I put it on photobucket and when I try to link to it I'm told the remote file is too large. I saved it as a .jpg but it's not animated once I do that. Any suggestions?
Jpg's aren't animated, so that won't work.

One thing to do is to set the background color as transperant (I can't recall the setting terminology), it basically keeps that color from having to be created on each frame.

Another option is to reduce the amount of frames (which can impact animation quality)

The biggest key is to get your source gifs as small as possible as the final animated gif is the sum of each frame.

If you post the image I will try to see if I can take a look at it.
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I know this kind of stinks, but I'm just practicing.

Maybe the picture is too large?
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Re: Animated avatar

I animated mine myself!
Off of one I got from an Avatar hosting site.

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Old May 22nd, 2008, 03:22 PM
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Re: Animated avatar

There we go, the pic was too big. I think I'm good now.

EDIT: Now searching "animated avatar" brings up this informative thread, so something good was accomplished here.

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Well done.
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