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PE: How to Animate in Gimp

Fri Mar 15, 2013, 10:07 PM

How to Animate in Gimp

Gimp is a free photo editing software that you can download at You can use it for a lot of different things like photo manipulations, drawing, pixel art, etc. Today though, we will be covering the topic of animation!:la:

Note that this tutorial will only show the basics of Gimp animation. How to make the frames, how to save it and the such.:nod: So let's get started!:la:

Untitled Drawing by IceXDragon

Start by making the subject. I just used a random black ball, but the subject can be as simple or as complex as you want, depending on what you're making. Make sure you switch over to the layers tab.

Tip: If you do not already have the layers tab there by default, go to any of the tabs and press that little arrow that the green arrow is pointing at. After you click tab press: Add tab> Layers. After that, the layer tab like in the picture should show up.

Gimp Ani 2 by IceXDragon

After making the subject, right click the layer (the one highlighted in blue) and click on "Duplicate layer".

Gimp Ani 3 by IceXDragon

After doing that, click the move tool and move the layer where you want it. Then, right click the layer on top (the one you just made), click duplicate layer, and move again.

Gimp Ani 4 by IceXDragon

Keep doing this until you are satisfied with your project. In the last layer I squished the ball a little just to give the effect that it's boingy and bouncy.:giggle:

Gimp Ani 5 by IceXDragon

Save it. Press File> Save As.

Tip: If you are using Gimp 2.8 or newer, press "Export" instead of save as.

Gimp Ani 6 by IceXDragon

When naming it, by default, it should say the name of your animation, and have .xcf at the end. Change .xcf to .gif.:D

Then check "Save as Animation" and press export. It is important that you pay attention to the step, because it defaults to "Merge Visible layers", and if you save it like that it will, well merge the layers.:lol: Meaning you will have no animation.

Gimp Ani 7 by IceXDragon

If you have a transparent background on your animation (like mine), be sure to press "One frame per layer (replace)" otherwise your animation will trail. You can also change the speed of the animation if you want by changing the number up there.:nod:

Gimp Ani 8 by IceXDragon

Check your animation. Press Filters> Animation> Playback.

Gimp Ani 9 by IceXDragon

If you see something you don't like, simply find the problem layer, and fix it. If you like how it is, you are done!:la:

Bounce by IceXDragon

Now what if you are trying to make a picture slide show? Learn how below!:la:

Gimp Ani 10 by IceXDragon

Open up the first picture like you would do any other file. After that press File>Open as Layers... Then choose the next picture you want to show up. Keep importing pictures this way until you think you have enough for your slide show.:meow:

Gimp Ani 11 by IceXDragon
Follow the same saving steps as described in the earlier steps. Check it, save it, and you are done!:dummy:

I Hope you found this tutorial helpful! Any questions please ask below.:)

Happy animating!:eager:

Learn how to animate in Gimp!:la:
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StarsStable Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey. I find find this amazing and easy to understand just I am having trouble. I tried to recreate your bouncy black ball animation to see if I could try it but instead it turned into a ball and then into a straight line going straight down. Am I missing something? -I use gimp 2.6 if that helps you out.-
neutralrust Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
;; ;;  thank you so much for this! it helped loadss
IceXDragon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!
Music-Lovette123 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tried to safe as a gif, but it wont let me
IceXDragon Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What did the error message say?
Music-Lovette123 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well. I don't have the problem anymore, 

but the animation goes fast
IceXDragon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
All you need to do to fix that, is increase the ms for the frame rate. You can do this by changing it to a different file type (like xcf, psd, anything that supports animation), and then changing it back to gif. When you are changing it back to gif, a big box will pop up with different options for the animation, and one of them will be frame rate. Change it to how fast you want it, and click save or ok.
XEver-Blue-ZoneCopX Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
((I tried to animate with GIMP 2.8 and every time I try to make a bounce animation it doesn't, instead the image I tried to bounce just has the front image showing behind it and disappearing.))
IceXDragon Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Try this tutorial I made:…

It should help fix the issue you are having.:)
Viljonkka Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
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