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Animating a GIF

Animated GIFs are those little bits of art that twirl around, blink, or wave back at you from Web pages and forum signatures on the Web. If they aren’t too big and flashy, they can be cute.

Animation is done, as it was fifty years ago, in layers. The difference is that for a GIF animation, each layer must be a complete frame with the entire picture in it. In the old days, you could put the body on one layer and the arms, which moved, on a different layer. Now, because the animation is accomplished by scrolling through the layers, everything needs to be kept together or you will see an armless torso, followed by waving arms.


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