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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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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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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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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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mythicalcryplz Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Why thankya~
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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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Hardrockangel Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck! <3
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Nami-Star Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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drawitbig 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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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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