Animated Avatars / Images

Discussion in 'User Created Art' started by Confessor, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. Confessor

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    Hello everyone,

    I was curious as to whether or not anyone on this forum knows how to make animated avatars?
    I see that Anakin still has his animated avy of Anakin on Mustafarr. I was curious as to how you make these avatars? I'm sure it has to do with a program which allows you to make the images into small animated graphics. Is the software free or do you have to pay for it? I have about four Quicktime movies for the Legend of the Seeker TV series which is going to debut on November 1st. I wanted to make an animated signature or maybe an animated avatar for another forum I'm a member of. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

    -Cory
     
  2. Nox

    Nox Antediluvian

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    Personaly I use ImageReady, it comes with Photoshop which costs like solid gold.
    But there are many "free" gif makers out there, I say "free" because they tend to stamp a huge label on your gifs which says "made by -software name-!!" with large capital letters.
     
  3. Árëlin Milloway

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    I know how to make animated things from photos, like really simple, poor quality. Then you can download Unfreez, which uses gif images. I don't know about movies, though. Ana probably would know. (This is, as Nox says, a free gif maker, but without label.^^)
     
  4. Nox

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    Like I said, the only movies one I know is ImageReady, and of course a few more that require payment.
    I know how to work it and it's quite simple, I would suggest you get it, the older ones preferably, like CS2 or even 7.0.
     
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    I still haven't been able to figure out ImageReady, but I haven't tried much with movies. And everything can be figured out with the help of online tuts. ^^
     
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    Actually we tend to keep a few crucial steps out of online tuts so people will come to their own ideas and conclusions...not all of them are like that though >.>
     
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    Oh, I didn't mean step by step tuts, I meant if I'm really stuck on something I'll google it and see if I can find the answer kind of thing.

    "We"? Are you one of the amazing ones? (I mean like amazing arty farty people who know what they are doing and get paid for it.)
     
  8. Nox

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    Arty farty? -_-

    I suppose, but I don't get paid, I love to do gfx, by getting paid it would become a job rather then a hobby, you know?

    I did a few tuts, here and there, I did some years ago, before everyone decided that they can now suddenly just go ahead and make their own signatures...which in retrospect is as much of my fault as it is theirs...damn it, I hate it when things backfire :(
     
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    Arty farty is a good thing in my opinion.
    In one way I'd love to get paid for doing something I liked, but yes, a same if you get bored of it, or too obsessed by "work"...

    I love making my own banners though! (Not that they're always great, it's fun, and I like knowing that I've made my own.) I see how you might say it's backfired, but I like it. ^__^

    Animations, on the other hand, I'm too inpatient to make anything proper of. I make the simple 10-20 frame paint kind of things, but nothing more. Can I see any of your animations? Or is that too much to ask?
     
  10. Nox

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    Don't have any, I know how too make them, I never said I did ;)
    Animations seem...not so nice too me, I like simple things, like my sig now for example, and also even though I am an arrogant ass I still consider it rude when people put a whole movie in their sig and you have to spend a few minutes looking at nothing on the forum while you wait for their 10mb's sig too load.
     
  11. Cascador

    Cascador Who's Anakin?

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    I use Ulead Gif. animator, which I just downloaded with Limewire
     
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    Oh good, let's talk about warez, I'm in a mood for getting banned today...<--- sarcasm
     
  13. Confessor

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    What version do you use Anakin? :)
     
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    Cascador Who's Anakin?

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    It's Ulead Gif. Animator 5
     
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    Okie dokie. Thanks for your help! I'll see if I can get a download of it and start on the path of making animated avatars. :)
     
  16. Padmé

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    Actually, we did eventually buy out ULEAD Gif animator, he did originally get it off limewire but we had trouble finding it again so we just purchased it, but it's worth it. I've made many animated banners and other little things since we got it. It's easy to use.
     
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    I use Photoshop anyway so there was never any point to look for something else, and if there was I would have had some problem became my ram is not...complimentary at the moment :(
    The new price for it however is insane, you would actually spend more money on a Photoshop then on a computer that would run it.
     
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    Well Anakin was able to get our photoshop CS3 for free from a friend at his classes lol We also just got a hold of a copy of CS4 lol We've been lucky when it comes to getting photoshop copies lol
     
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    Well I had the beta for 6 months, and not only photoshop but the Master Suite, but still, the price is not normal, no program, especialy not one that so many amateurs use should be that expensive.

    Preorder US$2499

    And as much as I know it will be 1000$ more in the UK.
     
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    Cascador Who's Anakin?

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    The master suite, does that include all the other programs like illustrator, indesign etc? cause we have that too...