June 10, 2003 at 12:44 am #4744
Brian of GepParticipantJune 10, 2003 at 3:23 am #4750
dandenmarkParticipantJune 10, 2003 at 3:32 am #4751
Brian of GepParticipantJune 11, 2003 at 2:09 am #4852
There’s a tutorial here. It’s somewhat confusing at first, and somewhat cumbersome, but it can be oh so powerful.
First, you need to understand layers in the GIMP. Grokking the GIMP is great to learn how to use the GIMP.
Second, in an animation, each frame is a GIMP image complete with as many layers as you want. To start out, save an image (in the size you want), with a name like “frame_0001.xcf”. Then open up the GIMP Animation Plugin (included in GIMP 1.2, available as a plugin in GIMP 1.0, not yet in GIMP 1.3 afaik): you’ll probably want to make the tearoff menu “Video” into a new window to have handy. Then click on “VCR Navigator” to get the navigator window. Move Path is the key tool to learn. At its simplest, you can use it to paste a layer from another image into each frame of your animation. If that image has layers, you can have Move Path loop through them in various ways, and you can also have it place the image in a different position in each frame. You can also use “Frames Modify” to apply a filter to a layer in each frame of the animation with possible varying parameters (like, you could vary the “whirl” amount of the whirl and pinch plugin to animate something contracting). Spend some time with the tutorial and just messing around. It took me a while to get the hang of it but I’m glad I did. Keep in mind that there is no undo, but it’s easy to copy a layer and play with that.
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