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Zrifepsych

Breathing Sprite with Gimp?

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I'm trying to make the breathing sprite with Gimp.(newbie)I found a steps here.

1) 1st stance sprite and thats it.

2) Take chest and pull it down 1 pixel.

3) Copy 1st 2 sprites for the next 2 sprites.

4) Cut at knees on the 3rd sprite and bring down 1 pixel, same for arms.

5) Simply pull head down 1 pixel and your done.




But still don't know how you suppose to do it.What tools do I use?

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Are you trying to make a sprite of a human standing and breathing? What size in pixels do you want to make it? How many and what colors?

As in tools, do you mean [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GIMP"]Gimp[/url]?

Gimp is kind of like a free version of Adobe Photoshop.

Copy/paste from Wikipedia: "[b]GIMP[/b] ([b][url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU"]GNU[/url] Image Manipulation Program[/b]) is a [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_software"]free software[/url] [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raster_graphics_editor"]raster graphics editor[/url]. It is primarily employed as an image retouching and editing tool[sup][url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GIMP#cite_note-what-is-gimp-2"][3][/url][/sup] and is freely available in versions tailored for most popular operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, and GNU/Linux."

You can download it for free here: http://www.gimp.org/

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[quote name='Zrifepsych' timestamp='1317529711' post='4868163']
But still don't know how you suppose to do it.What tools do I use?
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Rectangle select (?R)? Cut (ctrl+X) and paste (ctrl+V)? Pencil (N)? Color picker (O)? Swap fg/bg (X)? Add new layer (ctrl+shift+N)?

Not exactly sure what you're looking for. There isn't a "make sprite breathe!!``11" filter in Gimp...

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[quote name='fastcall22' timestamp='1317539253' post='4868192']
There isn't a "make sprite breathe!!``11" filter in Gimp...
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Sure there is, it's under distortions, second from the bottom of the list. Most people miss that one. Rookie mistake :wink:


Zrifepsych,

In all seriousness; you can probably ignore steps like that, that's confusing.

Start with the basics and work up to this; once you know how to edit sprites, and how to animate (anything), you should be able to observe examples of breathing and replicate the motions.

What's your background in work with gimp? Have you drawn or animated before? If not, we need to start there.

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[quote name='Zrifepsych' timestamp='1317547387' post='4868209']
The instruction said

"2) Take chest and pull it down 1 pixel."

I don't get that part.
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That specifically probably means to select the chest with the section tool, and then move it down one pixel. It's usually better to copy it, and past it onto a new layer, then shift it around so you can get the location right if you aren't sure.

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Although I'm not sure the best way to explain how to create the animation, I have a feeling you're over thinking this and expecting GIMP to automatically do some things for you. An animation is just a series of images. The series of images for breathing would start with your basic sprite standing there followed by frames where the sprite's body, arms, and head (but not legs) are a little lower than they are in the first frame until the point where you draw frames to transition to the first frame again.

You could just select the [u]body and everything[/u] above the legs and move it down a pixel so that it's now over top of one pixel's worth of the legs for the second frame. Depending on your sprite, it might look a bit strange and you may have to edit it further to get it to look right. I don't know if GIMP has more advanced tools that'd make editing easier (I haven't really used it before) but that's the way I'd do it.

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[quote name='Zrifepsych' timestamp='1317775364' post='4869161']
How do you do that?I use the selection tool+move.But it moves the sprites,how do you only move chest?
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I've never used GIMP before, but in Photoshop you would use the selection tool then just copy/paste, and it pastes the selected region into a new layer. Once it's in a new layer, you should be able to move that layer independently. I can't imagine GIMP would do it any different, since copy and paste (Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V, respectively) are a staple.

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