Oops-- sorry, it's 12 frames for the hula girl faciing away from the viewer, whose skirt falls part-way down.
THIS animation (hula girl, no falling skirt) is only 4 frames. That's 2 drawings and two mirror-images. The varied frame-rate is what gives it that nice hesitation at the apex of each swing, giving one a sense that there might be more frames.
No problem. What program do you use for creating GIFs?
(I prefer JASC Animation Shop-- highly recommended--, but use Adobe ImageReady in a pinch. I've heard that GIMP.org can do GIFs, but don't know how to do it.)
Know any good programs for editing QuickTime films? I know the PLAYER is free, but are there any EDITING programs out there?
I do like Animation shop, I find it easy yet effective. It is the only one I have tried because it works for me. I like Jasc programs over Adobe programs anyday, and not just for the price difference ^_^. I have never used GIMP as I have only recent even heard of it.
I actually don't use/deal with Quicktime at all, so I couldn't say LOL.
Ditto for me-- JASC Animation Shop is so easy to use, compared to ImageReady...particularly its compression routines. However, for general bitmap artwork I switched from JASC Paintshop to Adobe Photoshop about 5 years ago-- Photoshop has more options and more flexibility, though the pricetag IS staggering, and the post-version-7 versions have damnable DRM. (I refuse to "up"grade past version 7-- my next Photoshop version will be GimpShop, a version of Gimp.org that has the same menus as Photoshop.)
As for Gimp.org, I really wish I'd started there. It's free, and free of DRM, and its popularity and abilities place it in the #2 slot, somewhere between Adobe Photoshop and Jasc Paintshop. Also, Gimp is the only one of the three that's designed to run under all 3 of the most popular operating systems-- Windows, Linux and Mac. (I don't plan to stick with Windows, particularly now that Vista appears to be a huge flop designed to please RIAA more than end-users. My next Windows is Linux!)
You're right, much of what you can do in Photoshop you can also do by hand.
I personally find that I work better if I do the initial sketch/line-art on paper.
The existence of layers, adjusting-tools for hue and saturation, the ability to UNDO things, and the free-transform (CTRL-T) + Warp tools are powerful things that make editing sooOOooo much easier than mere pen and paper could allow.
Consider Linux rather than Mac-- it's the same hardware as Windows, but the OS is free.
I use a dual-boot Win2k + Xandros Linux at home. The Xandros Linux runs most of my Windows programs (under WINE/ Crossover, a bit slower than on Windows) and has a mock-Windows interface which is so close to Windows that except for finicky hardware installs, one could actually believe one's in Win2k/WinXP.
Amen to not sticking with Windows, though-- Vista, the successor to XP, is more like an insult to consumers, shackles, and a "down"-grade to performance and users' rights. I wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot mouse.