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It is okay, Nickie, I have many years of experience in siggy making and I was amajor in journalism which required us to work on the college newspaper and magazine. I know many programs, and almost all of them I taught myself how to use. Don't feel bad! I have all the creativeness for siggies but wanted a new challenge with blinkies.
I already have a full version of Photoshop on my computer along with others. I actually use Paint Shop Pro the most lately and have Animation Shop 3 on my computer. GIMP looked so much simpler and easy to pick up. Now to tackle the borders!
I pretty much picked a color that I wanted to use, such as red and used the paint filler to fill the area. Then I duplicated the layer to where you have two layers. I clicked on the little eyeball next to the layer I wanted to hide temporarily. Then I found my brush, the square one with 5x5 blur and set it at 150. I then went to <view><grid> and the grid would be your guide. I then set the color to whatever I need to change it to (ie. white) and pick the pencil tool. I zoomed in a little and used the guide to set my squares, then using the pencil tool I started at the top left corner and whited it out. Make sure to have your layer picked right so it will work cause I didn't at first and had to figure out what I did wrong. Anyway, once I finished the squares, I clicked on the eyeball on the opposite layer (the one that was clicked off earlier) to turn it back on, and then clicked the opposite (finished one) off. Then go back in with the pencil and start in the second grid mark instead of the first and alternate them. Then click the eyeball back on, add your text, duplicate your text layer and move it down to where the other (colored) layer starts and merge the text and colored parts together to where you have two layers showing. Then go to <Filter><Animation><Optimize (for GIF)>. Another window will pop up and you go to <File><Save> then name it whatever you want and find a place you want to save onto your computer, then click on Select File Type (By Extention) and find GIF. Then click <Save> and you are done.
I can't show you pictures until tomorrow as it is late. I will send step-by-step instructions to you with pictures tomorrow!