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ok here is my tutorial for my animation i do.
i use photoshop CS5.
here is the blinkie i made with this tutorial
i open my image and place my background colour
i add my text, i kinda just added something fun this tutorial, i then merge my layers so my text is only 1 layer. this just makes it easier for later on in the blinkie making.
i choose the image i want to animate, i went for the butterfly. if it isnt on a transparent layer i then make the background transparent. i then resize it to my desire size. for this blinkie i went with a height of 40.
Copy and paste your image onto your blinkie
Make sure your image layer is your active layer. i like to personalise it a bit by using the layer style. go into the layer menu, drop down to layer style, and click on layer style blending options. i like to tweak drop shadow, outer glow and stroke. just to make my image stand out.
my active layer
i now move my image to the top corner where i want it to start from.
my starting point
i duplicate my image layer and nudge it to where i want my next my image to be.
i keep duplicating each image layer and moving it along either a bit up or down as i go along.
here is all my duplicated images
now i start duplicating my text layers. i need to have almost as many text layers as my image layers. and i found duplicating as i go along, so my text layer is already partially done as i go along.
now i go through and check which text layer is gonna go with with image layer. to make it easier you can rename them all with numbers so you know which image goes with which text layer.
image layer 2 is gonna go with text layer 2. so i have those selected, but make sure your text layer is active with all the next steps.
i now select my eraser tool.
i erase sround where my image is touching my text. remember to work on text layer.
i then duplicate this text layer, and make sure i move to the image 3 layer. if you prefer to duplicate your text layers earlier make sure you on text layer 3 and image layer 3.
and then i erase where the butterfly is now touching.
i carry on doing this for all the text layers. just remember to match it to its corresponding image layer, but kept the text layer active.
until you run out of text
then i go into the animation part and put it all together. i prefer to use a speed of 0.1 sec. but you can play around with it.
i use CS5 and i never knew that it had an animation part!! LOL doh! i have been copying and pasting my frames into animation shop, you do yours totally different to how i do mine and you must have alot of patience as i think i would get frustrated after a few minutes lol how long did it take you to make this blinkie? it looks sooo cool