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I've seen many examples where all the animation frames for a certain sprite's animation were stored in a single bitmap, side by side (and the transparency with magenta). Where can I find a program that positions the sprites in this way for me. I give it the sprites and it puts them side by side (or even in multiple tiers). If there isn't such a program please refer me to a site on how to do this in a regular graphics program.

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Try copy paste mate...

I know it sounds a bit dull but thats how I do it... I guess most of us also do it like this (specially for "programmer art" also known as prototype art)

just create a blank image of the total size of the sprites and then copy paste them.

Usually sprites are read from top left to bottom right so

1234
5678

or
12
34
56
78

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The person who runs the Reiner's Tilesets website made an app called Tileset Maker that does what you ask. It's under the "Games + Apps" section.

But you can use something as simple as MSPaint.

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Somewhat related question: is it better to store all the frames in a single file or is it okay to use them as separate files (think walk_1.gif, walk_2.gif, etc). Is there a huge performance drain for doing this?

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