Working on GIFs again during this week of self directed learning.
I have been wanting to figure out how to put two layers of action going on and sound. I also was very impressed with the Hulk GIF by Jim Groom and wanted to figure out how to do one similar – but not quite into the comic book genre yet.
I struggled with the two different movements by thinking of them as two different movements. Working with the layers I figured out that I would need to blend the two actions into one to create not blend them after creating.
I captured the b-cing-u footage from The Prisoner with MPEG Steamship and made a GIF. Capturing left it a little dark so for the active frames I adjusted the Brightness/Contrast throught the Auto option so that they changed as needed rather than trying to set each one at the same ratios. Same ratios would have been jumping instead of fluid. This time Auto was a good choice.
I captured a still of Number 6 in his handsome pose.
I then split the handsome No. 6 and ended up with a right and a left.
I create a background with text – sorta of a poster or book cover fashion using the Village font.
The b-cing-u gif I cut down to 12 frames.
It was then creating a layer for each with the split handsome portrait in different spacing to look like it was cut in half and opening.
I then reversed the process to have it look like it was closing. Having the first ones done, I was able to have them in the background and recreate the handsome face closing with the new b-cing-u gif background. Happened upon that by accident – a good accident!
I set the timing so the full version was longer to loop from end to beginning. I also lengthened the time of the gesture of the B at the forehead to be longer. All other frames were set a the same rate.
Lots of repetition – but worked.
I haven’t got around to figuring out masks yet and not sure if they could have been applied to this rendition.
My next challenge is to add sound to the GIF. another next is to make the image behind to be something different……….
I again used Photoshop because as long as it is paid for and I have it – I might as well use it! I also want to drop it into Fireworks and see if that produces something different.