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I'm stuck at creating an animation.

Discussion in 'Animation, Motion Design & Film Making' started by szlwson, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. szlwson

    szlwson Junior Member

    I'm trying to create an animation with Gimp. All I'm trying to do is a shooting star so that a white line moves across the page. I drew a star on one layer and then created more layers with the same image but moving across, so that a separate image is on each layer. I want it so that it plays with each image showing separate, but when I went to preview the animation it actually shows every layer one after the other like I want, but the previous image doesn't disappear so that it looks like one line. How can I make each image appear one at a time, instead of showing it so that the previous image doesn't disappear? I hope that makes sense.

    I put it on this page to show what I mean. Instead of showing one image after the other, it shows them all so the previous image doesn't go :
  2. szlwson

    szlwson Junior Member

    Is this the right forum to be asking this question? I found it with google search.
  3. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Hold on in there fella....someone will help you out.
  4. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    an introduction wouldn't go a miss :) edit - a proper one as you posted this there first....

    As to the issue - assuming animated gifs (I hate doing them) you need to 'hide' the layers which are not in the frame at that time. ie frame 1 would only have first image, frame 2 would only have second image and so on....
  5. glenwheeler

    glenwheeler Senior Member

    I prefer fireworks for animated GIF's. If you have it just use the States. No idea about Gimp, its not used a great deal is it?
  6. jHouse

    jHouse Senior Member

    I use Photoshop for animated GIFs. It sounds convoluted - but you might need to 0% Opacity each layer for the frames you don't want them showing. PS will tween. Is there the option in Gimp?

    @glenwheeler - Have you seen the Pixelmator UI? Beautiful. Pixelmator Another good PS alternative.
  7. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    Looking at the webpage, seems like szlwson solved the problem.
  8. PrintingUK

    PrintingUK Junior Member

    Hi Dude
    Have you thought of using Blender or Elements? Works a treat and blender is free;)
    Hope this helps u
  9. PrintingUK

    PrintingUK Junior Member

    Good point from Jhouse, Photoshop works a treat, fiddly though and if you dont have the program, its a tad expensive

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