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Gif Icon Tutorial by MewShinobi Gif Icon Tutorial by MewShinobi
:iconanoplz: ;;;; My first tutorial...... :iconlazycryplz: Please be nice.....I'm a wordy person and I tried not to rant too much.......and it doesn't really go in depth on how to animate motions but more of the entire process together, okay, I'll be quiet now and let you read, comment, fav, or look away and never come back.....I hope you all learn something from this at least.....<3

If there are any questions, don't be afraid to ask :la:

:iconlazycryplz: ;;;;; Suddenly noticed the things I left out......if you don't mind reading more of my blabber....

More Hints/Tips from a Mew
:bulletpink: It's not really necessary to be all detailed with your drawing. It's going to be REALLY small when you shrink it to icon size, so making small details won't get noticed in the final playback. Also, the more detail you make your icon, the greater kb your gif will end up. And DA no like that if greater than 15 kb. *insertlazycry*

:bulletpink: Along the lines of being a small icon, it means you must make the subject of your icon big enough so people can tell what the subject is and what it's doing. If it's not recognizable, then it's not all that good to use. Which is why in all my icons, the heads are the main focus and take up most of the space.

:bulletpink: With the two above hints, they're why I use a chibi style to draw my icons. They're big heads with big eyes; easy to see when the icon's so small. But if you're not good at chibi style or prefer to work in your own style, go ahead! Not all icons are chibis, it's fine!! 8U Just remember to watch out about exceeding details and the size of the subject.

:bulletpink: If you're making an icon solely for the action rather than the character, then you have have to make the /action/ recognizable more so than the chara. The icons are make are of my friends' OCs, which is why I have to make them recognizable. Though if you're concentrated on getting an action, making the character recognizable is second thought and it's not that important if the subject is too small and hard to pick out. Usually the action helps people to identify the action and the thing doing the action.

:bulletpink: *insertlazycry* Oh, and if the subject of your icon consists of really light colors, a dark background would be most preferred over a light colored one. Sorry, never thought about this point until now.

Icons Made
:iconkalebpizazplz: <-"kalebpizazplz" the finished product of the tutorial OAO

Tutorial requested by :iconfiredrakewicked: and it's her OC Kaleb that I was making an icon for u_u
Tutorial Second Wanted by :iconresistancegirl11: ........... :iconhouseiswatchingyou:
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ianolivia Feb 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I use and microsoft gif animator
MewShinobi Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconimshockedplz: Aaaaah I see!  Unfortunately, I haven't use either of those programs, but use the ones you're most comfortable with!  I find my way better with Photoshop and Gimp, but if and microsoft gif animator is your thing, then that's great!
ianolivia Feb 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
CielyCiel Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This helped me so much! :D
We need photoshop? D: :iconlazycryplz:

I don't have photoshop nor paint tool sai.... Only gimp ;-; and I'm too lazy to find and download photoshop since I don't trust the Internet and its free viruses ;-;
MewShinobi Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww, don't worry, deary! You can also make a gif with just Gimp if you don't have Photoshop. I believe you can draw your layers/frames using Gimp just the same as Photoshop. You will probably have an easier time in the process since you don't have to import anything. The reason I use Photoshop is because I'm more familiar with it than I am with using Gimp. But for you, you can totally just draw anything with Gimp and still make a lovely gif! If you would like some more guidance in any way, I'm here to help! c:
Oh.. Ok. Thanks! :3 I was worried for a second there haha.

:iconcannotevenplz: lol
treegarchie Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you wonderful person, my icon you see here has been made with your lovely advice.
I felt you deserved my most profound thanks :bow:
MewShinobi Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconamgplz: ............... :iconmanbabyplz: Aaaaaaahh, you are so welcome!! :iconrlytearplz: I am so very happy that my advice could help. And it's such an amazing icon as well. *pets the clouds* ~<3
treegarchie Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
It was really nice you showed how to do it with GIMP, photoshop is great but I don't have the animation preset either, and I find GIMP complicated to use without any advice ^^ (wonderful meme btw)
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