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A simple tutorial on...

~!Making An Avatar!~
~~~.GIF Format~~~

First Get a couple pictures that you like in your avatar... got a couple? ... OK! Now, click on the link below to download the Microsoft GIF Animator (Asuming that you are using a PC... if not, tell me.)!…

SAVE THIS TO YOUR DESKTOP! Then all you have to do is click on the icon and away you go!

Next make sure that the pictures that you chose are 50x50 pixels and are in GIF format... if you dont know how to do this just lemme know.

Then, open GIF Animator and then open your last picture first, inside the GIF Animator window...

Done that?

Ok, the next step is to open all the rest of your files in reverse order that you want them to appear in...

This will make it less frustrating, so you dont have to move things around and confuse yourself... trust me... I've done it before...

To do this, click on the fourth button from the left at the top of the page, it looks like a page with a yellow plus on it.

Once you add all of your pictures, click the animation tab on the right of the window and check to see if the Animation Width & Height are both 50, """IF NOT""", then one of your pictures is bigger than 50 by 50 pixels and you will have to change that by using an editor of your choice (eg. Photoshop, Paint, etc.).

Then while your are still in the animation tab click "Looping" and "Repeat Forever". This will make your avatar... well... loop forever!

Next, click on the Image Tab.

You will find that all of the options except for "Duration (1/100 s)" are static, meaning you CANNOT change them ( this window...).

Un-Click "Transparency" for now, you can fiddle with that later. ^_^

After you have set the "Duration" of each picture click on the play button on the right side of the window... second button from the right... a rightward pointing triangle.
then tweak the duration if you like if you like, then press "Save" (Single Floppy Disk) or "Save As" (Multiple Floppy Disks) to save your work...


With deviantArt there is a restriction on how large your Avatar can be. The Maximum size it can be is 15 KB.
You can check this after you have saved your file, by right clicking on the file, clicking "Properties" then under the "General" Tab look for "Size:" and it should tell you right beside that! >.<

Hope this helped...I really... SEROUSLY DO!

Have Any Questions?
Just Ask!
This is just as it sounds.
A Tutorial for making an animated or .gif picture that can be used on dA or any other forum or website.
it uses only a small (FREE!) program that can be downloaded from a link that has been provided.

I hope this helps!

Sorry to those who don't like reading ^.^'
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ChopylyteYT Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the link doesnt work 4 me ;n;
ChopylyteYT Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can u halp me?
It 404'd on me
FiveNightsAtHarmonys Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm on my phone...
lunathepig Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I actually have a question. Um, if there's a group of avatars, how do you download them seperatly? Please help by giving simple instructions (like the ones above :)) thanks
DarkZeWulf Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
the link took me to a website promoteing a author named James Hepple(?)

any other ones i can use?
Groarman Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'll use this to make my next avatar! (I just made my current one a week ago) :D
Nexivian Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i use a mac. is there a mac equivalent of this program?
katez-chan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
Help? I can't figure out the "duration" thing. No matter what numbers I set, it just whizzes by in a fraction of a second... I want to make a nice long readable stamp...
pumpki Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009   Interface Designer
if you want 1 second the put 100(? havent used it in a while lol)
then you need to do so with all the frames.
you can also set all of the frames by clicking the select all button at the top.
hope that helps :D (im not on much these days lol)
katez-chan Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
I already have figured it out ^^; But I was confused as to the set all thing. So thank you!
warriorcatroseeyes Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, what sad-little-riceball5 said! I've been wanting an animation program for EVER! Thank you, I love you. :worship:
sad-little-riceball5 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Student General Artist

candysmile4006 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I only have one thing to add, and that's before you hit play, make sure you 'Select All'. I had no idea what was going on, LoL! Other than that fantastic tutorial and great program, very easy and straight forward. I will be using it to revamp the one I did in GIMP, so thanks!
MagicalGirlYossy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
Ohmygosh this helped me so much, thank you!! Most tutorials are for ImageReady, but yours linked to that wonderful free and simple animation program! Thanks again!
sizerz-unleashed Featured By Owner May 26, 2008
oh my god, thankyou SO much!! i've been looking for EVER :stupidme: to find something like this!!:date: THANKYOU!!:highfive:
DeeryMe Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou SO much! This is greatly appreciated! Thanks!
8Pierce Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
I've used this to make cool gifs before at school, but at home I have a mac so is there a program or something that will work for macs? nice tutorial btw :)
pumpki Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008   Interface Designer
Thanks for the comment and i'm glad it helped!
its a really simple program and you get the hang of it after you play a bit.

The only one that I know of would be Adobe ImageReady... i never got the hang of that...
lemme do a quick google search...
ok after doing a quick search i found this site that has a bunch but since i do not own a mac yet i cannot advise much on this issue...
well, heres the link...


there should be a bunch of freeware stuff there
Sorry I couldn't be of much help, Have Fun!
zenil-kay Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007  Student General Artist
Thank you! This will help me a lot! I tried making an avatar that was animated with adobe photoshop image ready program. But for some reason I couldn't! I guess it had to do with the file or something any way thanks!
Pumkin-Lover Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007   Writer
Oooo Just Doing It now!
pumpki Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007   Interface Designer
Pumkin-Lover Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007   Writer
2nd-Chance Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
hehe this might just come in handy.... thanks. :)
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