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Animated Avatar Tutorial by Hardrockangel Animated Avatar Tutorial by Hardrockangel
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I decided to make a tutorial on how I make my animated avatars since I was asked today.

Both programs I use are free for download, but note that the free version of Graphicsgale does not allow you to animate. That's what I use GIMP for.

The icon I made can be found here.

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F.A.Q

Q: "I can't move the heart without moving the entire layer in GIMP. How do I solve this?"

A: Simple!
I select that which I want to move and copy it.
Then, I delete what I have selected and paste what I've just copied.
That way you get that part on a floating layer that you can manipulate as you like, until you decide to flatten it onto the layer you just copied the piece from.

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Please do not trace the image that I use in my tutorial, be original and design something yourself.

And if you create something using this tutorial, link me back to it. I'm curious to see what you guys can create. :meow:

Icons created using this tutorial

Have fun!

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*The GIMP can be downloaded here.

*Graphicsgale can be downloaded here.

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Edit: Due to the quite large amount of :+fav: I've gotten for this tutorial I'm going to say it right here: Thank you everyone! It really means a lot to me and I'm happy I could help by making a tutorial of the process I go through when making my avatars. :love:
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:iconcjthewolves:
CJTheWolves Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Artist
umm i am trying to make a bounce icon and it wont work it always fails on me
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:iconchibihitomi:
chibihitomi Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is super helpful as I am having a go at making one for an avatar and I had no idea on what to do lol thank you!
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mythicalcryplz Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
So i've erm... Had some trouble having my-
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be animated. I says "You can't have animated pictures as your profile" Or somethin'.
Please help? Oh, and this is the animation i wanted!

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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I have to guess, the file is probably too big. 
Icons on dA can only be 50x50 in size and have to be 15kb or less in filesize. c:
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:iconmythicalcryplz:
mythicalcryplz Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Why thankya~
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:iconnami-star:
Nami-Star Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013   Digital Artist
THANK-YOU!! I will use this and try to make some!
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck! <3
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:iconnami-star:
Nami-Star Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconladyqueenbee:
LadyQueenBee Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you do it if you're only going to be using two pictures in the animation?
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That means you're only using two frames, so ... basically add the info as you would for any type of animation. If that makes sense? ^^;
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:iconladyqueenbee:
LadyQueenBee Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It makes sense, thanks.
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:iconhannahdesuchan:
HannahDesuChan Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Thank you so much for making this ^^ I hope the one I make works out! xD
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck! :hug:
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:iconblast-blu:
blast-blu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
wait so when i open it with gimp i should save it as?
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
After you've animated it in GIMP, you should save it as a gif-file, with the settings that are shown.
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:iconblast-blu:
blast-blu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
i mean from graphics gale i should save it as?
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A png-file, which is clearly stated in the tutorial. :)
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:iconblast-blu:
blast-blu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
oh really? i guess i didnt see it, sorry
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!
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AikouDesu Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, great tutorial! I used it to make my icon ^__^ 

I kept running into so many problems doing it on my own, so this is a huge help! 
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you found the tutorial helpful! :hug:
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:iconmeghanmagica:
MeghanMagica Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can I use SAI for this or do I need to use GIMP?
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As far as I know, you can't animate in Sai. :confused:
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:iconmeghanmagica:
MeghanMagica Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okie dokie ^-^ thank you!
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:iconthewhitemage101:
TheWhiteMage101 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Cool! I think I'll try it! I'm new to deviantart and I keep hearing about Icons, Pixels, Stamps and Sprites!
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad the tutorial is helpful and best of luck to you!
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:iconblast-blu:
blast-blu Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
hey, umm ive got in kind of a problem,
well i dont actualy know how to use gmp though iv actualy downloaded it but it wont work with me obviously because i dnt know how to use it, its kinda hard, so can u plz make a tutorial for that?
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't really have the time to make a tutorial for how to use GIMP and their site actually has a lot of great tutorials. Sorry! ^^;
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:iconblast-blu:
blast-blu Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
realy?!
gee i realy didnt know tht?!
thnx for the help anyway!!!
ill try to help my self thn!
thnx sweetheart!
btw i looove ur icon!

(im so talkative sry for tht)
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, glad I could help.
And thank you very much!
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:iconblast-blu:
blast-blu Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
:3 welcome!
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:iconapplethecat13:
Applethecat13 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you need to draw the image in Graphicsgale or can that be done in GIMP too?
It just seems that it would be simpler to do so...
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, it's possible to pixel in Gimp, but I find the interface of Graphicsgale to be a bit easier.
And especially the colour-replacement-tool is really handy, in my opinion. Perhaps it's just a matter of what you're used to? c:
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Applethecat13 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah okey, I just wondered because I currently like to make still icons with GIMP, and figured it would save me some time >w<;
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaah, if that's what you're used to, then I would advice to just keep using Gimp.
I started with Graphicsgale, so moving to Gimp would be a big switch for me. :giggle:
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:iconapplethecat13:
Applethecat13 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That makes sense, Thank you ^-^
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! :hug:
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Rose-TheCat Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks you so very much i have been dieing to know this u the best thanks!
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you find the tutorial helpful! :tighthug:
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:iconrose-thecat:
Rose-TheCat Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
one question do you use both of them or do you choose which one to use?
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use both programs. :)
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:iconroryalice:
roryalice Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha! Thx for the tutorial! I have always wondered how to do this but never really been successful in trying to figure it out on my own!
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! I'm glad you found the tutorial helpful. c:
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Candyholic97 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so very much for this tutorial! Part of this has helped me create these icons! :iconvioletstar0131: and :iconcielloveme: Thanks again!
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :hug:
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AusieOtterPie Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link] I featured this as help for animation on the tutorial I did here: [link] C: Thanks!
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! I'm gad you found this tutorial helpful. :hug:
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:iconfoxfire206:
foxfire206 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
thank you so much for this!!!!!
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:iconhardrockangel:
Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! :tighthug:
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:iconnomychan:
nomychan Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for making this tutorial! <3 I'm going to check out Graphicsgale o uo
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