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NOTE: Opaque = COLORED BACKGROUND - Invisible = INVISABLE BACKGROUND.
NOTE: There are two ways to save your pictures.
To save the photo with a color background, just click on SAVE AS.
The second way will have a transparent background
To save the photos as transparent you need to click on. FILE, EXPORT, GIFF OPTIMIZER.
For this illustration we will give it a TRANSPARENT background.
Select a photo that you want to use for your card. You can decorate it any way you wish. You may add borders or anything you wish to do to that photo.
Once you have the photo completed. click on IMAGE, RESIZE, and put a BULET in ACTUAL/ PRINT SIZE. Now look at the windows under PIXEL SIZE. That will tell you the exact size to make your INSIDE. (Layer 2). The example I am using is Width 200 - Height 228. That is what the INSIDE (layer 2) will be.
Click on FILE, then click on NEW. Create a Transparent frame. Make your settings according to the size you determined the front of the card was. Mine is 200 x 228. Make your other settings just like I have. This will become LAYER2
Select the color you want to use and click the Tool Options FLOOD/FILL. Now flood the blank frame.
Create a second TRANSPARENT frame the same size as the first one you made. Now select the IMAGE tab and RESIZE. Put a bullet in PERCENTAGE OF ORIGINAL, now put in 130 X 130 for WIDTH AND HEIGHT. That will make the transparent backing 30% larger than the card. That will allow for the steps to come. Click OK
NOTE: this frame will become your Transparent backing, or Layer1
You are now ready to start assembling your card. Right click on the one you are using for the inside (layer 2) of the card. Click COPY.
Right click on the Transparent backing. and click PASTE AS NEW LAYER.
NOTE: that just became Layer2.
Now right click on your FRONT COVER, The one with your picture. Click Copy and then click on the transparent backing and click PASTE as NEW LAYER.
NOTE: That now became Layer3.
NOTE: Be sure not to move the INSIDE of the card, as it is easy to move them around in the transparent. Incase you accidentally moved it, click on EDIT, UNDO MOVE.
YOU ARE NOW READY TO START MAKING THE ANIMATION PART.
Click on SELECTIONS, and SELECT NONE,
Click on LAYERS, MERGE, MERGE VISABLE,
Click on FILE, Click EXPORT, GIF OPTIMIZER, Then save as F1 (FRAME 1)
NOTE: Be sure your saveing your frames in a special folder where you can find them later. I usully save my frames as F1 F2 F3 AND SO ON.
Click on EDIT. Click on UNDO MERGE LAYER.
#13 If you don't already have a LAYER PALETTE, Right click on your TOP tool bar, now select, LAYER PALETTE
Click on Layer Palette and click Layer3
Click on SLECTIONS, click NONE.
Click on DEFORMATION TOOL on your left tool bar.
Place your mouse over the right center box and hold down the CTRL key, Left click, Now move your frame up 1 and 1/2 squares or near the top of Frame1. (The transparent frame)
Deselect by clicking on the ARROW ICON.
Click Layers, (in your top tool bar). Click Merge, Merge Visible,
Click on FILE, EXPORT, GIF OPTIMIZER, Now save this as F2 (frame2)
Click on EDIT and click on UNDO MERGED LAYERS.
Click on SELECTIONS, select NONE
NOTE: you will perform the following steps till you have the card completely open
You will now click on the DEFORMATION TOOL and put mouse over the center square and move it towards the left side. APPROMAXMATLY 1/2 INCH at a time. (NOTE: you may move it more or less according to the size of your card)
Do steps from #16 THROUGH 22 over for each time you move the frame a bit to the left, say 1/2 inch at a time or maybe a bit more depending on how large your card is. You should end up with around 6 or 7 FRAMES. (F1 through F7)
YOU HAVE NOW CREATED ALL THE FRAMES YOU NEED TO MAKE YOUR ANIMATION.
NOW CREATE YOUR ANIMATION PAGE 2