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« on: August 19, 2003, 09:24:59 AM »
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Just been tinkering with photoshop to see how I might be able to enhance some drawings. Thought the old Super Roo needed an update.
Next step is to teach myself how to animate it by turning it into a Gif. I think some smoke and flames out of the headers would be cool. Anyone got any hints on this?
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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2003, 11:40:58 PM »
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Recent versions (5.5 onwards) of PhotoShop come with a sister-tool called "ImageReady" that allows you to do these sorts of animations.  All the banner ads on this site (except the Ebay one) I have done using PhotoShop and ImageReady.  The zoomy van on the NSW meetings page was also done this way (which is sorta what you are planning to do).

Basically you create the animated flames, smoke etc as layers in PhotoShop and then use ImageReady to set up the frames of the animation, turning off and on the various layers to create the motion effect with each frame.

There's a tutorial on how to do it that comes with the PS disks.  You have got the disks, haven't you? Grin

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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2003, 10:34:01 AM »
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Hey guys...
I've had a little play around with "amimated/motin" graphics over the years (nothing interesting though :-/) . I used to use a program called "GifBuilder". It was simple to use, and like Richard is saying you still need to make the job up in a series of layers in Photoshop, and just import each one in sequence. At the moment I'm trying to teach myself Flash MX, but it aint easy.... will need to do a course for sure...!!
I've never used ImageReady, I've only just made the move from P/Shop 4 to 7 so never had it before, I will have to have a look at it now...!

Good luck, and can't wait to see the finished job...
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2003, 06:38:35 AM »
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G'day Alex...
It's not photoshop, but last night I had a go at a simple (and pretty average) animation gif.... I drew the wagon and background in Adobe Illustrator and imported them into Flash.... I hope it works, I've had a bit of trouble getting up here... :-/



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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2003, 10:22:16 AM »
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Hey Les.
That is a really cool gif. You missed your calling, looks like you should be working on Southpark.
I created a gif of superkanga, but still working on somewhere to upload it. My brother-in-law put it on his site, but as he has tripod, when I post it here, I just get a "image hosted by tripod" message. I will share it when I get it sorted.
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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2003, 07:51:18 AM »
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Alex,

Just mail it to me and I'll publish it and send you the URL.

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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2003, 09:41:42 AM »
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Thanks Richard.
YHM.
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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2003, 10:14:29 AM »
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you guys do some pretty nifty stuff!
the wagon's wicked,les Grin(to borrow an expression from my boys)
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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2003, 06:23:07 AM »
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OMG.....it's ALIVE!!!!

Thanks for your help again RET.
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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2003, 11:54:10 AM »
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Hope this works, Got the hang of it I think but I will have to develop a bit of talent.  Cheesy



This is / was a gif downloaded to starphoto but it has lost life

Any tips on how to keep it alive and get it here would be great.
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« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2003, 10:30:53 AM »
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Harko,

Your ISP will have allowed you either 5MB or 10MB of space on their server for your own Home-Page.  You can use this to host anything you like, including GIFs etc.  StarPhoto will always convert to JPEG, so there's no point trying to use that, and GeoCities (and the like) are very cagey about allowing off-site links to images on their servers.

So your ISP is your best option.  Check out your ISP's home-page, look for links on support etc, and you'll almost certainly find the instructions for uploading content to your web-space.

For example, I put Alex's image on my web-space at members.optusnet.com.au/~thomasri
You'll probably have a similar sort of address at your ISP.

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« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2003, 05:17:15 AM »
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Hey Alex...
Southpark? I don't think so, but thanks anyway... would be nice... Good job on the flames, they look really good...!!

Hey Harko... as you can tell Alex and I both had trouble linking the gifs here too.... but I did like Richard says and used some of my space at optusnet too.... I had to open the account etc and activate it.... It won't link from StarPhoto, but does link in the same way... hope that helps...
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« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2003, 10:57:36 AM »
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Thanks RET will follow your lead and be back soon.. Smiley

Cancel that Email RET ,Hewart has got me out of this one hopefully - Here goes,
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« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2003, 11:27:58 AM »
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holy shit harko...looks like you've got it sorted now..thats awsome!
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« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2003, 08:52:45 AM »
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Thanks Trev much appreciated
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« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2003, 12:24:34 PM »
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Hey Harko.
That gif is awesome. it must have taken you hours.
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« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2004, 05:18:59 AM »
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Still tinkering with photoshop. Just did this signature pic for a guy on another board. Playing with the fill function. What can I use to get better lettering?
This format needs a little more zing.


Watchout.....image contains a F@rD.


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« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2004, 09:15:26 AM »
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Alex,
Lookin' good (except for the F*rd..! Wink)
As for the lettering, I guess it depends on what version of photoshop you've got. Some of the later versions are pretty good with text, but for anything with text I like to use Adobe Illustrator. You can type on a path, or use the new 'warp' effect.... depends on what you’re doing, you can also combine the two... Once you get the text right, you can then paste it into photoshop on a new layer.....



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« Reply #18 on: January 17, 2004, 01:01:27 PM »
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Thanks for the tips Les.
I don't have adobe, but I like the button idea.
Might have to see what I can come up with.
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« Reply #19 on: January 24, 2004, 08:19:28 AM »
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Another sig pic.
I think i'm getting a bit better.
Managed to add a border and use the gradient tool.
Still need to work on the text.
Would have liked to change the colour of the car to red, but that proceedure escapes me. I have been shown how by RET in the past, but with my memory......well you get the idea.
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