Egyptian Eye Tutorial
Part 2B - Creating The Frame Images
10. Now switch back to normal view by clicking View
> Normal. The first frame is ready to export
as a bitmap image. Click File > Export...
to export the frame as an image.
11. In the Export dialog, choose the "Selected
Only" check box. This will export only the selected
objects as an image. Use a True Color file format. In
this case I am using the Photoshop PSD file format.
Give it a filename and click "Export". Save
all the frame images in the same folder.
Tip: Name the sequence
of frame images with the same file name ending with
1, 2, 3, etc. Many animation programs recognize
files named this way as an image sequence. You can
take advantage of this and load the whole frame
sequence at once.
You don't have to save images in Photoshop format.
This format is just my personal preference. You
can choose any of the other true color raster formats
such as TIFF or PICT or BMP. Just don't use a lossy
format such as JPEG or a format that isn't true
color like GIF (more
here on color depth and true color). The reason
is that when the finished animated GIF is created
the color depth will be reduced to a maximum of
256 colors. You don't want to start with a limited
palette. Rather, you want all the colors available
before the GIF animation is generated.
12. Next, you will see a dialog. Use the following
settings circled or underlined in the graphic below:
1 to 1 Size
72 dpi resolution
We want RGB color (24-bit True Color). The GIF file
format only supports a maximum of 256 colors more
here on True Color and the GIF file format. If you
save the frames as individual GIF images, each will
have a different palette and and there may be flickering
between the frames because of the different colors.
By saving the frames in True Color, the animation program
will generate a common palette for all the frames.
Anti-aliasing will give the images a smooth appearance.
Otherwise the images will appear jagged more
here on anti-aliasing.
Choose a 1 to 1 size. If you want the finished animation
to be smaller or larger, then adjust this amount.
Since the finished animation is for a screen display,
choose 72 dpi for the resolution more
here on resolution.
You will use these same settings to export each frame
in this tutorial.
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