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Old 05-03-2010, 05:50 PM   #1
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Default Unanswered: Animated Profile backgrounds

Hi! Can anyone tell me how to put an ANIMATED background in my avatar? When I copy and paste it into paint box or print the screen and paste, it stops being animated. I wanted a sparkley star background that flashed but when I paste it, it just becomes a solid picture and I've seen other people who have animated backgrounds. I'd appreciate any help. THanks!
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:39 PM   #2
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Ok, first you should know a little bit about animated images...

An animated image is not purely a picture. This kind of image has layers, starting with main layer, that switches/combines with other layers to create an allusion of movement. Seems a bit confusing but I'll explain further....

Taking a screen capture: A screen capture quite literally takes a picture of your screen...so if something was animated and you took a screen capture, only the part of the animation that your computer was showing at the moment you took the screen capture would show. Starting to make sense?

Copying a Pasting an animated image to Paint: Paint can NOT handle 'Layers' so it will not be able to handle animated images...so copy and paste will fail you here.

How to get the image: I assume this is NOT a picture you can right click and save to your computer...so if not, what I would do is download this free software called GIMP. If you Google gimp, you'll see it come up with GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program...it is free and it a fantastic software that works incredibly well with layers! Infact, I used it to make my current Avvie and Siggie!

How to get the image using GIMP: Once you load up GIMP, you will be taken to a greyish screen with NO canvas on it, that is what you want. Without starting a new image, copy that animated image and paste right on to that greyish no-canvas screen. It create a new image with all the right layers in the right places! Viola, you've succesfully copied an animated image!! Note: When saving an image in GIMP, you MUST type .jpeg/.gif/.png (type of file) etc. after the name of the file....Gimp uses its own file type that does NOT communicate with any internet site, so it won't be recognized. So be sure to specify the file typ!! For regular non-animation images .png works best... For animated images you MUST, I repeat, MUST use .gif that is the ONLY file that handles animation!!

If you really don't want to get GIMP: Have you tried right clicking and 'Save to Computer'. That might just work.

Important: When saving an animated image you MUST use the file type .gif that is the ONLY file type that can handle animation!!


Hope this helps!
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I think the person above just explained it so well I can't beat it
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View Post Originally Posted by KinzUser2523
Ok, first you should know a little bit about animated images...

An animated image is not purely a picture. This kind of image has layers, starting with main layer, that switches/combines with other layers to create an allusion of movement. Seems a bit confusing but I'll explain further....

Taking a screen capture: A screen capture quite literally takes a picture of your screen...so if something was animated and you took a screen capture, only the part of the animation that your computer was showing at the moment you took the screen capture would show. Starting to make sense?

Copying a Pasting an animated image to Paint: Paint can NOT handle 'Layers' so it will not be able to handle animated images...so copy and paste will fail you here.

How to get the image: I assume this is NOT a picture you can right click and save to your computer...so if not, what I would do is download this free software called GIMP. If you Google gimp, you'll see it come up with GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program...it is free and it a fantastic software that works incredibly well with layers! Infact, I used it to make my current Avvie and Siggie!

How to get the image using GIMP: Once you load up GIMP, you will be taken to a greyish screen with NO canvas on it, that is what you want. Without starting a new image, copy that animated image and paste right on to that greyish no-canvas screen. It create a new image with all the right layers in the right places! Viola, you've succesfully copied an animated image!! Note: When saving an image in GIMP, you MUST type .jpeg/.gif/.png (type of file) etc. after the name of the file....Gimp uses its own file type that does NOT communicate with any internet site, so it won't be recognized. So be sure to specify the file typ!! For regular non-animation images .png works best... For animated images you MUST, I repeat, MUST use .gif that is the ONLY file that handles animation!!

If you really don't want to get GIMP: Have you tried right clicking and 'Save to Computer'. That might just work.

Important: When saving an animated image you MUST use the file type .gif that is the ONLY file type that can handle animation!!


Hope this helps!
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