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Angel Animation
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Angel Animation
Created by:Graham

Angel Animation
For this animation you need a steady hand, a clean mouse and lots of patience!
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For this tutorial you may either choose a picture of your choice or download the angel.jpg picture here.



Standard Toolbar - Open (image) button







Standard Toolbar - New (image) button

Step 1: Open an Image of Your Choice

Click on the Open button. Then click on the picture that you want to use, or you can use the Angel that comes with this tutorial if you don't have any other image.

When the picture you have chosen has loaded click on Image || Image Information, take a note of the size and then click on Cancel.

Next click on the New button and make the Width and Height the same size as your image, and make the Background Color the same as your (web page) background, then click on OK.

(If using the angel.jpg image, your new canvas will be 300 x 300 pixels, White, 16M colors.)




Standard Toolbar - Text (image) button

Step 2: Give Your Animation a Title

Click on the Text tool. Then, place the cursor over the new blank image that you created in the first step. Click anywhere inside the image. When the Text dialog box appears click on "Standard text". Then select the following settings:
Fill Color = your choice
Name and Size = your choice
Kerning and Leading = 0
Auto Kerning = checked
Text = a title of your choice

Click on OK and drag the text to the position that you want by placing the cursor over one of the letters so that the cursor changes shape. When it is in the position that you want click the right mouse button to fix its position.

For the Angel title, I typed And then fixed it in position, then I typed An and fixed that, then Angel, then Did, and last Appear.





Standard Toolbar - Selection (image) buttonStandard Toolbar - Tool Options (image) button





Standard Toolbar - Save (image) button

Now let's set a crescent shape around the left of the text! Here's how it's done:

Click on the Selection tool, then click on the Tool Options palette button. Make the Selection Type = Circle.
(Remember this for Step 4.)

  • Place the cursor in the center of your title.
  • Hold down the left mouse button and drag the mouse so that a dotted circle surrounds the title.
  • Let go of the mouse button and move inside the dotted circle.
  • Press and hold the left mouse button and drag the image up and to the right.
  • Deselect [Ctrl+D].

Hey, presto, a crescent.

Click on File || Save As and save as whatever name you want followed by 1, e.g. "Angel1". You can now close this image.


Black and White


Some of Image

Step 3: Change Picture to Black and White

If the original picture that you chose is not opened then open it now. Then, duplicate it to save the original [Window || Duplicate].

  • Click on Colors || Grey scale to change the picture from color to black and white.
  • Next click on Colors || Adjust || Brightness/Contrast.
  • Set Contrast = 0 and set Brightness = 255. This action will make the preview blank.
  • Now move the Brightness slider back until some of the image appears as in the picture on the left. (Decrease brightness by about 50.)
  • Use File || Save As like before and increase number by 1, e.g. "Angel2".

Repeat this about 3 to 5 more times, each time using File || Save As and increasing the number by 1 until you get back to the original black-and-white picture.


Original Image

Step 4: Putting the Color Back

Open the original image and the black-and-white image so that they are side by side. We only need these two images so close any others that might still be showing. Click on the black-and-white image to make it active.

Click on Colors || Increase Color Depth || 16 Million Colors.

Click on View || Rulers so that the images each show a ruler along the top and left side.


Tool Palette - Selection tool

Click on the Selection tool and make the Selection Type = Circle. (Remember Step 2.)

  • Now place the cursor in the center of the original image.
  • Use the rulers, press and hold the left mouse button.
  • Drag the mouse down vertically so that the line on the top ruler stays in the same position (e.g. on the Angel image the line on the top ruler is at 150. When I drag the mouse down it stays on the 150 mark).
  • When you have a small selected circle in the center of the image, let go of the mouse button.
  • Remember where on the left side ruler the mark was when you let go.

Standard Toolbar - Copy button



Black-and-white image
with color in center

Nearly there.

  • Copy it (press Ctrl+C or go to Edit || Copy).
  • Then click on the Title bar of the black-and-white image to make it active.
  • Then press Ctrl+E or go to Edit || Paste || As New Selection.
  • Place the selection in the center of the image, use rulers.

Now use File || Save As and save the image as the next in the sequence of numbers, e.g. "Angel7". When saved, close the image.

By using File || Save As instead of File || Save we keep the original black-and-white image in our file.





Angel 14


Angel 17

Step 5: Increasing the Color

Open the black-and-white image so that we can repeat most of step 4. The rulers should still be visible. When you place the cursor on the colored image and drag the mouse down, go past the mark on the left ruler that you remember from step 4 (you did remember, didn't you?).

For example: With the Angel my first drag down went from the center of the left ruler (150) down to 170, so this next drag wants to be 200 to make the circle bigger.

  • Press Ctrl+C or go to Edit || Copy.
  • Then click on the Title bar of the black and white image to make it active.
  • Then press Ctrl+E or go to Edit || Paste || As New Selection. Place the selection in the center of the image using rulers as a guide.

Now use File || Save As and save the image as the next in the sequence of numbers, e.g. "Angel8".

Keep repeating until the black-and-white image is all color. You don't need to save a colored one as it's already on file.




Animation Wizard















View Animation

Step 6: Time to Animate

Click File || Jasc Software Products || Launch Animation Shop. When Animation Shop opens click on the Animation Wizard button.

In the first box to appear make settings as follows:
Same size as the first image frame = checked, click on "Next".
Transparent = checked, then click on "Next".
Centered in the frame = checked
With the canvas color = checked, then click on "Next".
Yes, repeat the animation indefinitely = checked
How long ... = 10, then click on "Next".

Click on "Add Image". Then locate the images that you have made and place them in the box. Use the Up and Down buttons to put your images in order. Then click on "Next", then on "Finish".

Now, click on the View Animation button and see your hard work come to life.

Step 7: Ease Back and Slow Down

Right-click on the first frame of the animation-frames window and in the Frame Properties dialog box, change the Display Time = 150. This gives people time to read your title. Make it longer than 150 if you wish.

Right-click on each frame of the animation-frames window and in the Frame Properties dialog box, change the Display Time of each frame to what you think looks right for your animation.

Then use File || Save As and give it a name.

Until the next Animation Tutorial that I write, have fun and experiment.