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Animated Path Stroking in GIMP by fence-post Animated Path Stroking in GIMP by fence-post
DON'T LET THIS CHEESY EXAMPLE TURN YOU AWAY!!!

In this tutorial I will show you how to animate a path being stroked in GIMP utilizing the GIMP Animation Package (aka GAP).

AGAIN, I REPEAT, DON'T LET THIS CHEESY EXAMPLE TURN YOU AWAY!!!

There's a lot of power behind this animation technique. You'll be able to create animated handwriting (similar to what's shown in this tutorial here (www.deviantart.com/deviation/3…, but at a more powerful level; your animations can be much larger with less effort than that described in the tutorial link above (see this animation example....fence-post.deviantart.com/art/… ....a whopping 1350 layers !); and the possible number of effects you can create is limited only by your imagination. I've got more examples I'll be showing you as time goes on so give this a try!

You now have the tools to create some pretty cool animations....BUT, you must first start with an easy example!

This tutorial is in html format. Just download the zip file to a convenient location, like your desktop. Double-click the zip file and move the html file and the "Image Files" folder to your desktop (the files folder and html file must be in the same location for the images to show up.) Double-click the html file and the tutorial will open.

I've also included the GIMP xcf files that include the paths I used and the 'brush' file so you could easily see what I did to set everything up.

Enjoy!

C&C always welcome!

Art
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carlamlightel Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
I really like this cheesy example
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wolvesrule1243 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
If you play back something to make an animation, can you save it? I know... I'm an idiot with computers -.-"
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ethereal-foxx Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you mean saving to your computer?? If you do then I believe you have to save it as a gif file and make sure you select the bubble next to save as animation NOT merge layers.
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wolvesrule1243 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, thank you!
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ethereal-foxx Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, glad I could help!
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ayame18 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Nifty, I have to look more into this. In the meantime, thank you for sharing this. :)
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YinYangLotus Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009
I need help.
I know HOW to animate on GIMP. But it WON'T let me post it on dA. How do I fix it?
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ginipig-freak-h Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
OOOH I like! =)
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bear90 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
Better late then never.
Very good tutorial.
One question.
Let's say I wanted to animate an object along a path and do so automatically over multiple frames
For example, the sun traveling across a picture from left to right.
Is this doable with gap
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fence-post Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
Thanks for the comment! Yes, making an object travel from left to right is possible in GAP. This tutorial here ([link]) might explain the concept to you better. It's obviously not exactly the same, but it should give you a good start. If you run into any snags, let me know.

Art
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kloyde Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
i was able to download it. thank you! it should work, but i haven't got it working yet. i tried something a little too big and my computer froze, then GIMP crashed. lol
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fence-post Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
Glad you've got it to work.....Yeah, bigger projects can definitely wreak havoc on your system!

BTW, I think I mis-typed in a previous post to you.....For some reason I thought you were doing the Animated Snowfall Tutorial and that's the script I'm working on. It will be some time, if ever, before I can get an Animated Path Stroke Script!

Cheers.

Art
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kloyde Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
hey, art. i was trying to follow this tutorial but i cant seem to figure out how to install the GAP files. the link in the tut took me to an index of files, but non of them are executable files. one is a .tar.bz2 file (dont know what that means) and the other is a .tar.md5 file (again, ???). i really want to try out your tut, but i cant do it without GAP. can you help me out?
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fence-post Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
Ahh, yes, it sounds like you've gotten ahold of the linux GAP files. So, can I assume you're a Windows user? If so, I need an important piece of information from you, what GIMP version are you currently using? 2.2.x or 2.4.x.....that's very important. Let me know and I'll try to get you to the right place.

As a side note: you'll probably want to strangle me in a couple of weeks because I'm attempting to create a script out of this! :D But, it's still good to know how to do it manually because you'll understand GAP and some of its power, plus it will get you thinking outside of the box.

BTW, just to let you know, GAP isn't the most user friendly. So, if you run into ANY snags in the tutorial, don't hesitate to contact me. GAP can be very frustrating sometimes....but don't let it scare you off.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Cheers!

Art
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kloyde Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
im using GIMP 2.4.2.
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fence-post Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
See this topic here: [link]

There's also some installation instructions in that thread. Let me know if you have any other questions. I'll be up for a little bit longer, then it's off to Never-Never-Land! :D
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Maewolf86 Featured By Owner May 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome
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fence-post Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
Thanks!
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HippieKender Featured By Owner May 17, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
yay! :w00t:
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fence-post Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
Thankies!
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