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Animation Qns

I'm using PhotoShop CS2 & ImageReady.

I've done an animation and I wanna put it on a solid background.
How should I go about it?

Thanks in advance

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aquamarcia
Nov. 7th, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC)
Is the solid background a image that is of dimensions different from the dimensions of the animation?
joycehikki
Nov. 8th, 2005 02:59 am (UTC)
The background is actually a layout. I had a previous header.
If u go to my journal, you will see that my header is a picture of Ayumi.
I'm deleting it & putting an animated header.
aquamarcia
Nov. 8th, 2005 04:57 am (UTC)
If you've made the animated header already, save it as a GIF, upload it to the server where you store your images and edit the layout code accordingly. I don't think there's any special procedure you need to go through.
joycehikki
Nov. 8th, 2005 05:25 am (UTC)
The thing is, I didn't & don't know how to separate the background & animated header.

I opened up my bg as transparent & pasted the animated header over and the result: Result

If I were to do the animation on the background (deleting the header & doing the animation there), the scrolling of the images will drive me nuts.

Any advice?
aquamarcia
Nov. 8th, 2005 07:19 am (UTC)
The first thing I would say is that when you drag layers from a file you've built as an animation onto another open file, the layers get copied but the frames information from the Animation palette doesn't, so you have to rebuild the animation once you've got all the frames that comprise the animation over on the background image. Also, when you drag those layers over you need to do it in such a way that the layers stay aligned. The easiest way to do that is to take all the layers of your animation file and put the layers in a layer set, then drag the set over. Dragging layers in a set maintains the alignment of all the layers inside the set. This also works when you have a set of layers you want to keep align while moving them around with the Move tool.

Once the set is copied onto the background, rebuild the animation frames in ImageReady and see if it turns out the way you want. If this is unclear, or seems clear but doesn't work, keep asking questions. I'll dredge up the answer eventually. :)
joycehikki
Nov. 8th, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)
I've done the animation (finally).
Now the only problem is, when I save the whole thing, the measurements reduced to a small size? Why is that? Issit because I saved it as a .gif file? Maybe the file is too big?
Can you advise me how to reduce the size?

Anyway, I've saved my work at the LJ Gallery thingy. You can take a look at my blog now. Thank You for your guidance :)
aquamarcia
Nov. 8th, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC)
I looked at your LJ page and was not able to see the animated header. I checked the page's source code and found the link to the header, tried to load the image separately and got error message 403, the message that tells me I'm forbidden from loading whatever the URL's target is. I think what this means is your LJ gallery is set so other LJ users can't see stuff in it. You'll need to set that image so it's publically viewable.

As for why you had a file size problem earlier, if you uploaded the finished animated GIF to Photobucket it may have gotten messed with there. Photobucket seems to be a bit notorious for screwing around with uploaded files if they don't meet certain criteria. Using the scrapbook on LJ is a good alternative, or checking into another image hosting service.

The two basic ways to reduce the file size of animated GIFs is to either remove frames or reduce the number of colors saved. You can adjust the number of colors saved in the Optimize palette.
joycehikki
Nov. 9th, 2005 01:54 am (UTC)
I've 'fixed' the problem!
Now I know why some animations suck when I view them at my PB account.
Any recommendations?

Oh, I was browsing through the memories for optimization tutorials.
This particular tutorial (4th comment).
When I click on the black arrow, I don't see the Optomize to File Size option. Why?
aquamarcia
Nov. 9th, 2005 06:10 am (UTC)
I don't really have any recommendations for image hosting services because I don't use any of them.

In the upper right of the Optimize palette there are two buttons you can press. The arrow that points down is for creating droplets. Don't bother with that one. Just above it is a small circle with a smaller triangle in it. Click on that and a menu will pop out. That's where you'll find the command Optimize to File Size...
joycehikki
Nov. 9th, 2005 07:32 am (UTC)
When you talk about the Optimize palette, you're referring to this right? In Doubt

Thank You for answering my questions. :D
I really appreciate it.
aquamarcia
Nov. 9th, 2005 08:13 am (UTC)
The image you link to is a picture of the document window. The Optimize palette is shown to the right. See the circle with the triangle inside it just beneath the x that closes the window? That's what you click on to get the menu that contains the Optimize to File Size command. (Pay no attention to the flashing arrow. That was added for someone else's benefit in a comment I made to a post awhile back.)
joycehikki
Nov. 9th, 2005 08:26 am (UTC)
Woah, thanks for the detailed answer :D
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