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Old 10-10-2008, 08:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, so, there's no doubt some that will not appreciate this.

BUT....I think everyone should have a crack at it. I've seen some god awful animations and themes before, but with some tweaking and advice, they can actually be pretty awesome and it gives people that little bit of pride on the net

so, here goes a REALLY basic guide to doing animated themes. Please bear in mind since about 8.00pm GMT I had no clue, and here I am writing a guide, so it can;t be that hard right? ;)

Step 1 - The Animation Background - Easy Version

1. Find an animated GIF file that you like and you want to make into an animated background. Download this file and remember where you put it

2. Open up PLAZMIC COMPOSER.

3. Import the animated gif you found.
As you will see, once it's imported as a layer, it will have a RED border area, with little squares in the corners, and in the middle of the vertical/side borders. This allows you to stretch the image / gif to the size of your desired working area (dependant on the device you pick).

See Arrow A for the points you can move.
See Arrow B so you can see the size you need to make the background picture

4. Now set the frame rate and number of frames in the animation

This is easy. When you load up the animated gif, the software figures out the number of frames in the animation. Just change the the "100" to the number of frames in the animation (which are shown on the time line below) and click REAL TIME. Then, adjust the Frames Per Second (FPS) to make it the speed you want.

Finally, check the section with D on it, and make sure that the "Infinite loop" buton is clicked.



(I'm using the Bold size, 480x320 with the matrix gif I found)

Hey Presto, you should have a basic animation sorted. Now, click the PLAY button to make sure it does what you want If not, fix it, if so, continue

Finally, you need to set the CANVAS size. You will see that your animated background is probably larger than the CANVAS (The white area you can work in and see in the animation - the grey area, you WILL NOT see in the animation....

So, you need to RIGHT CLICK on the image, and this will allow you to select "Canvas Properties" at the bottom, as shown here:



Make sure you click on the TOP LEFT arrow and then tell it how big the area should be: i.e. 480x320 for a BB Bold!

STEP 2 - Saving and importing your new animated background.

So, you're happy with what you have. Now, the next stage is to save 2 formats of what you have created. The first, is the SVG file. This is vital for the animation to work.

So, save you SVG file, via the EXPORT command, and remember where you placed it. Now, open up that file, the xxxxxxxxxxx.svg file, into note pad.

You need to enter the following command to it: repeatCount="indefinite"

This goes in front of the command KEYTIMES=.......

This is in the [animateTransform] tag. As seen in the highlighted blue area here:



Save the file once you've changed it

Now, you need to save in COMPOSER and ANIMATED GIF file - I'm not sure if this is crucial, but I did it this way and it works. Remember the name of the file you saved

STEP 3 - Confirmation

Ok, so at this point, you should have 2 files that you have created, edited and saved. The first is the YOUR_FILE.GIF - The animated gif file you exported and the YOUR_FILE.SVG, which you exported and edited, then saved with the minor amendment we mentioned above.

Now it's time to load them into the main Theme Builder.

STEP4 - Final Stage

Now, we want them into the Theme Builder. So, look at the image below and it should be fairly obvious



Arrow A - This is where you load your new ANIMATED GIF FILE (Background) as mentioned above.

Arrow B - THIS IS IMPORTANT - This is where you load your edited SVG file.


And that's it. Go about the theme building process as you normally do.


Now, for the HARD VERSION!

Welp, it's to late to get into that. If you have a play with the COMPOSER supplied in Plazmic, you'll see on the right there are easier ways to create your own animation from scratch.

If you can master the above fairly quickly, then start REALLY playing. There's a lot of versatility to this software and quite frankly it's BLOODY GOOD!.

I hope this helps people. Leave me comments, thoughts and feedback, and I'll do what I can to assist

Happy Animated Theme Building!

Cheers
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Old 10-10-2008, 08:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Great tutorial. Thank you!
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Old 10-10-2008, 08:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No Problem

Didn't realise how hard it would be to write one when I started about 30 minutes ago..lol
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Wonderful information. Thanks for posting it!
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Old 10-10-2008, 08:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Very detailed tutorial. Thanks for taking the time to make this!
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Old 10-10-2008, 08:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If the urge is there to Sticky, Feel free Admins
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YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just saved me hours upon hours of trying to figure this out!!!! Going to try it now on a theme I already have and an animated gif... Will post later if I can get her to work, these are great instructions by the way and thank you
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I have granted your wish for the time being. Would love to see some other members input on using these instructions. You have been Stuck until my next mood swing.
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Old 10-10-2008, 09:01 PM   #9 (permalink)
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LOL

Agreed with the feedback thoughts.

Once received in this thread, I'll update original post.

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Just got a funky error message when I tried to export the theme, I already closed it out but something about " repeatCount="indefinite" was not allowed. I am going to try again later, kids are running around and can not concentrate, I am sure I did something wrong somewhere. If I get the error again will take a screen shot and post and maybe you can help me out with it. Worked great in the composer and very easy, I had been playing with making my own animations with no luck so this is great.
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I will post the screen shot in a little while
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Post the screenie MAte

It's 3.20am here in the UK, so might not me till tomorrow sometime :S

I'll do what I can

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Much appreciated...
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Now, you need to save in COMPOSER and ANIMATED GIF file - I'm not sure if this is crucial, but I did it this way and it works. Remember the name of the file you saved
You're right it isn't crucial actually it isn't necessary at all.
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Post the screenie MAte

It's 3.20am here in the UK, so might not me till tomorrow sometime :S

I'll do what I can

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No need to post screen shot, SUCCESS, got it to work! Thanks again for posting these instructions, as I stated last night I must have done something wrong worked like a charm. I just need to play more and create one I actually like, just did a test theme to see if I could make it work.
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Cool Congrats.
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Thanks! I can't wait to get cracking on this...
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Thank you very much. You explained it very clearly and easy to understand.
Works like a gem...Thanks Again
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Plasmic 4.6 is my issue. I removed it. It was crashing my computer every time I exported a theme. I think there is still some fine tuning left for that program.
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How crazy, I have both 4.5 and 4.6 and have LUCKILY not had any issues at all with 4.6. I would try maybe to re-install and see if that helps, if not hopefully they will fix the bugs soon.
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