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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!

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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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