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This tutorial uses common GIMP techniques including layer effects. It also uses the Animation menu (listed under "Filters".) It is best suited to somebody who is pretty comfortable with GIMP.
Okay, here's what you're going to make today:
Once you are comfortable with the Blend tool we're going to use you can always add more layers and images to be included in the animation.
1. Create three identical layers. One layer is for the first line of text, one is for the second line of text, and one is for the base that you'll animate from. I made mine with the gradient tool, but you can do whatever you want.
2. Create your text. Make sure that the order of your layers goes like this:
2nd line of text - blank layer - first line of text - blank layer - blank layer
You may find it useful to rename your text layers to match what they actually say. Now is a good time to do whatever enhancements or layer effects you want to do to your text layers as well.
3. Merge your text layers onto their blank layers. Now your layers are going to go like this:
text layer merged with blank layer - text layer merged with blank layer - blank layer
Name your layers to match the text they say. The bottom layer should be called "start".
4. Okay, now we're going to animate. Click Filters -> Animation -> Blend.
5. The blend settings window will pop up. Make your settings the same as mine (this time - I will explain more on this later on.) Intermediate frames = 20 and max. blur radius = 1. Click OK. GIMP will think for a while and will generate a new unnamed image for you.
6. When you have the new unnamed image created (it will just pop up) test out the blend settings by clicking on Filters -> Animation -> Playback. You'll get a little player of your image. Click play to see how it will look once you save it as a .gif.
If you like it, go to the unnamed image GIMP created for you, and save as a .gif like any other blinkie.
If you want to speed it up, go back to the very first version you made, click on Filters -> Animation -> Blend, and change the settings to show a smaller number for Intermediate frames.
If you want to slow it down, change the blend settings to have a higher number for Intermediate frames.
Essentially, the more frames you have the slower it goes and the better the quality. It will be smoother with a higher number of frames than with a smaller number.