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Lesson 18. Animating GIF Images for the Web > Refining the layer-mask animation

Refining the layer-mask animation

All that remains to be done is to smooth out the action with intermediate frames and delays between frame changes. By now, you are probably familiar enough with these processes that you could do this on your own. But we’ve added an extra twist to this task that should make it worth the effort of stepping through the procedure.

1.
In the Animation palette, make sure that frame 1 is selected, and then choose Tween on the Animation palette menu. Or, choose the Tween button at the bottom of the palette.

2.
In the Tween dialog box, select the Next Frame and type 3 for Frames To Add. Make sure that All Layers and Position are selected, and then click OK.

3.
In the Animation palette, Shift-click to select frames 2, 3, and 4.

4.
On the Animation palette menu, choose Copy Frames.

5.
Select frame 5. Then choose Paste Frames on the Animation palette menu.

6.
In the Paste Frames dialog box, select Paste After Selection, and click OK. Leave the three new frames selected.

7.
On the Animation palette menu, choose Reverse Frames.

Now the frames show the whale tail rising and sinking in a smooth sequence.

8.
Select all eight frames and select 0.2 on the delay pop-up menu for one of the frames to set the timing for all frames.


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