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Lesson 18. Animating GIF Images for the ... > Opening the image file and starting ...

Opening the image file and starting the animation process

To get started, you’ll open the new art file and review its current settings.

1.
In ImageReady, choose File > Open, and open the H2O.psd file from the Lessons/Lesson18 folder on your hard disk.

The logo consists of four different components that reside on separate layers. You’ll compose animation frames that show the characters of the logo appearing and moving into their final position from different areas. The initial state reflects how you want the image to appear at the end of the animation.

2.
Make sure that the Animation and Layers palettes are visible, or choose Window > Workspace > 18_Animation to open them.

3.
In the Animation palette, click the Duplicate Current Frame button () to create a new animation frame.

Now that you have two frames, you’ve paved the way for a new animation. Your next tasks will be to change the status of various layers for the different frames.


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