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    Hello everyone ~ !
    Ever since Siou decided to increase both the size of the avatars and the kb limit we can now make some gifs we like in to our avatars !! (woo)
    Uhm... this is my first time creating a tutorial... so excuse me if it's kind of confusing >.< !! Feel free to message me or post in this thread if you have anyways questions :3 !!

    I will be demonstrating everything using Photoshop CS6

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    Table of Contents:
    Deleting and Skipping Frames / Layers
    Changing Canvas Sizes / Re-sizing / Cropping
    KB Limitation Fixes
    How to Add Borders / Border types

    -more to be added-
    Last edited by Blubba; 07-31-2013, 01:48 AM.
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    How to Determine What Frames and/or Layers to Skip and Delete:
    skip this step if you have only a couple frames `-` like under 20

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    Deleting Repetitive frames:
    1. First you must open the gif you have decided to use for the avatar in photoshop
    refer here if you have cs5 or earlier (?)

    woo free!
    2. After opening, watch the avatar a couple times in order to determine where you can start deleting and skipping frames
    this can be seen in the "Animation" or "Timeline" (depending on which version of PsCS you have)

    3. Carefully start selecting which ones, for this gif, we'll start by look at the first three frames 1 2

    4. By looking at the first three frames you can determine that they look exactly the same.... and by looking at the 4th frame the face has changed x

    5. Therefore, we're going to delete the first two frames using the trashcan icon. x
    DO NOT CLICK DELETE THE DELETE KEY you will delete a layer instead of a frame

    6. Always compare the frames to make sure they look natural when coming together. Continue to do these steps until you get the desired results

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    Skipping Frames:
    Skipping is about the same concept... but harder.

    1. As you can see in this gif it has MANY frames that need to be skipped in order to help reduce KB size so next we'll look at frames five to seven 1 2 3

    2. By looking at those three frames, you'll notice how frame 6 and 7 look exactly the same therefore, we're going to delete frame 6 the result of this should just be a shorter amount of time to change faces x
    by doing this, it should have little to no effect on the gif itself but always double check by checking the frames to make sure they look natural
    DO NOT over skip and delete, by over skipping and deleting you'll cause it to look choppy and weird

    3. Repeat these steps as many times as you feel until you get the desired results (go through the whole gif just to make sure !)

    4. After deleting all the frames your desired gif should look like this:


    This gif had about 30 some frames and i was able to reduce to about 20 frames (kept at the same frames per second) it is just a shorter version of the orginal.
    Notice how it still looks smooth regardless of the lack of frames.

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    Deleting Layers:
    Now that we've finished deleting all the frames time to delete the layers with it \/ !!
    lets reduce some more kb size ~~

    1. Select and look at the frames that you want to check if they skip layers.
    we'll be looking at frames 5 and 6 x

    2. Although these two frames are next to each other, they actually look like this in the layers, layer 7 is frame 5, and layer 10 is frame 6 x

    3. With that being determined delete the ones in between layers 8 and 9

    4. Make sure to do this to ALL the frames by checking and deleting the unused layers

    By deleting layers, it should reduce the KB size a bit.
    CAUTION: be EXTREMELY careful when deleting layers because if you delete the wrong one it
    WILL mess up the gif so if you do mess up make sure to ctrl+alt+z to undo your mistake

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    welp. if there's anything that looks weird or looks like a skipped a step let me know \/ !
    Last edited by Blubba; 07-27-2013, 06:19 AM.
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    • #3
      Changing Canvas Sizes / Re-sizing / Cropping
      This is probably the longest process........... craiz
      NOTE: if you have an easier way to do this, then do it that way, this is just how I've learned to do it >.>

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      Canvas Size and Resizing:
      1. After all the fun stuff of deleting frames and layers start reducing the canvas size to 100x100 pixels x
      Some of you may have this problem, just click "Proceed" and check "Don't Ask Again" if you don't want to see it anymore
      The Results should be something like this x

      2. Start by selecting the frames that correspond with the layer x

      3. Now, use the "Transform" tool by click ctrl + T x

      3. While in transform, move the picture to the desired location and then click the move tool and click "Apply"

      4. When tranforming and moving picture around to your desired position, make sure to keep track of the percentage shrunk (keep the ratio by clicking maintain ratio ) and the position
      Note that you MUST keep track of these number and they must ALL be the same at all times because you dont want your gif shifting

      5. Repeat these steps for EVERY frame and layer and it should look like this:


      Feel free to change the frame rates if you think it's too fast or too slow.

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      Lazy Like Me \/

      we'll be working with this gif. unf.

      1. Change open the "change canvas size" menu Ctrl + Alt + C x

      2. Change the width or height to match each other (usually match the smaller one) x

      3. After change the image size by doing Image > Image Size x

      after that you'll have your easily made avatar \/.
      you might have to center and use the transform tool to make sure you move it to the same spot each time



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      If It's Already a Square:
      1. Go to Image > Image Size x

      2. Type in the Numbers 100x100 x

      3. Tada 100x100 Ava w/o any cropping necessary \/



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      Cropping:
      This isnt necessary but for those who wish to do it

      1. Start by selecting the frames that correspond with the layer

      2. Click Ctrl + A to select the whole image x

      3. After that do Ctrl + C (copy) and Ctlr + V (paste)

      4. After that, you should have two of the same one and just delete the old one (represented by layer 3) x

      5. Repeat for all of them until you're happy \/ !!

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      if this is confusing lemme know~

      Last edited by Blubba; 11-14-2013, 08:54 PM.
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      • #4
        KB Limitation Fixes
        this one pretty easy but it takes a lot of adjusting

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        1. Once finished with cropping, to save, click Ctrl + Alt + Shift + S, to save it as a GIF

        notice how the gif size is HUGE x

        2. Looking at the settings i'm using, set yours the same x
        some people do the "Pattern" setting but whatever works

        3. In order to lower KB size, start by lower the colors number x
        you can either choose the preset ones or lowering by hitting the down arrow

        4. Continue to lower the color until it is about 48 kb. x
        Note that when you're lowering the color the quality tends to die too, so the more you do @ above posts, the higher quality it will look

        So here's the final results, it's kind of lq but it still looks pretty decent ...


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        there you go~ that's the basics, but more to come !
        this ava was created for Michelle (Mayor) so weee ! thank you for letting me use your gif as the tut example <3
        Last edited by Blubba; 07-27-2013, 11:15 AM.
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        • #5
          How To Add Borders

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          Using Strokes
          1. Make sure to select the first frame of the gif x

          2. Create a new layer above all the frames x

          3. After creating the new layer, do Ctrl + A to select all around the gif x

          4. After doing that, go to Edit > Stroke x

          5. A new menu will open and it will look like this. Set the stroke to 1px. You can change the color of the stroke by by click the black box (displayed here)

          6. After that click ok and the stroke should be right under the dotted lines when you did Ctrl + A



          to do the border like this, make sure to do a 3px white border first (using the same procedure as above) and then a 1 px black border (using the same procedure as above also)

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          Using Shape Tool

          1. Once again make you're selected on the first frame

          2. Select the rectangle shape tool x

          3. Click anywhere to have a window pop up that ask you what are the dimensions you want x
          just keep it at 100x100 if it's already 100x100, if not, change it.

          4. After that a square will show up like this. You'll want to move exactly over the avatar x
          `-`... hard to tell from that pick.. craiz
          also if the shape is colored in, go to step 5.

          5. After that look at the top and there should be some shape tool settings x
          with those settings you need to make sure that it is set to NO fill (should be a box with a slash through it) and that the stroke is set to one pt.

          6. With the shown options you can select, solid, dashed, or dotted border and after selecting the border, you can save it as a gif and you will have your border :3 !



          here's an example of a dotted border *^*

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          hope this helps~ let me know if you have any questions c:
          Last edited by Blubba; 07-31-2013, 10:01 PM.
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          • #6
            LMFAOO WHYY JINNNN WHYYYY!!!! :// BOUT TO KILLL YOU. no jk. LOL hi lydia <3
            Tilla Geko // Tastea

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            • #7
              YAY OMG /10c
              Shouldn't u post this in the tutorial section or no

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              • #8
                1. download photoshop illegally
                2. import > video files into frames
                3. type *.* and press enter to show gif images
                4. select desired image

                there i did it 4 u
                .

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by kenta View Post
                  1. Download photoshop illegally
                  2. Import > video files into frames
                  3. Type *.* and press enter to show gif images

                  there i did it 4 u
                  help lololol .
                  Tilla Geko // Tastea

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                  • #10
                    YAY YOU'RE DOING IT
                    aus jus

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Kimono View Post
                      YAY OMG /10c
                      Shouldn't u post this in the tutorial section or no
                      i have to ask gms to do it for me when i'm done `-`
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Amay View Post
                        YAY YOU'RE DOING IT
                        Originally posted by Blubba View Post
                        i have to ask gms to do it for me when i'm done `-`
                        ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ya.
                        Tilla Geko // Tastea

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Kenta View Post
                          1. download photoshop illegally
                          2. import > video files into frames
                          3. type *.* and press enter to show gif images
                          4. select desired image

                          there i did it 4 u
                          LOL basically this... but lets get into details
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                          • #14
                            yay ty for this.
                            Activism Altruism

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Kenta View Post
                              1. download photoshop illegally
                              2. import > video files into frames
                              3. type *.* and press enter to show gif images
                              4. select desired image

                              there i did it 4 u
                              I got confused after the second step and gave up

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