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I am so proud...

With a little advice from raqs, I have made my first animated LJ icon! I realize that everybody else and their dog has already figured this out, but still, it pleases me, because I am often intimidated by computer software.

Zim icon

If anyone else wants it, go ahead and snag it.


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May. 26th, 2004 08:35 am (UTC)
'S a cute little dance. *g* I still can't make animated icons.
May. 26th, 2004 08:44 am (UTC)
Man, I'm tellin' you. If *I* can figure out how to do it, I know you can!

But I'm not sure how long it would have taken me to hack through it, if raqs, IT goddess that she is, had not given me helpful hints -- such as, how to use Photoshop's canvas size to make sure that each original pic was cropped the same and kept the image centered; or how to use Photoshop's layers to make sure the text was positioned the same in every frame. Or, that GIF Builder is the software to use, at least on a Mac, I'm not sure about for PCs, available as freeware on Tucows.com.

I would never have figured out the latter by myself, I don't think. And the other stuff I probably would have tried to do the hard way, rather than using automated tools in PS, and trying to do it manually (as it were) would likely have resulted in my spending an hour futzing with it and then throwing my hands up in despair shouting "CLEARLY I CANNOT MAKE ANIMATED ICONS!"

I know that there are other image-manipulation softwares that people use if they can't glom onto a copy of Photoshop somewhere, that also save as GIFs and allow you to do this. And I'm proud to say that once in GIF Builder, I quickly figured out by myself how to create the animation. (Which may just be a recommendation for how easy and intuitive GIF Builder's interface is.)

I wonder what else I shall animate...
May. 26th, 2004 09:57 am (UTC)
Ooooh yes. That icon is so mine. :D
May. 26th, 2004 01:10 pm (UTC)
This would seem to be appropriate, as I have nothing else to give you for your birthday! Glad it makes you happy!
May. 26th, 2004 10:22 am (UTC)
May. 26th, 2004 10:42 am (UTC)
May. 26th, 2004 10:42 am (UTC)


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