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Pixel Art Tutorial - Animation for Beginners by Gasara Pixel Art Tutorial - Animation for Beginners by Gasara
Here we have the second part of my pixel art tutorial series. We're taking a quick look at animation this time so you can make all of your pixel art, well, animated. Again, this tutorial is made for people who have not yet attemped any kind of animation so it might not be of much use to those of you who have already dabbled.

Here are all the Snuffles icons made during this tutorial. Below them are a couple of other examples of how you can use the animation effects explained here.




As always, thanks for reading ♥

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--> Pixel Art: Basics for Beginners
--> Pixel Art: Animation for Beginners

Next tutorial: Pixel Art Tips & Tricks

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I'm posting this tutorial up as part ofGasara's Birthday Celebration Contests. Hopefully some of you will be able to join me in making March pixelicious and joyous!
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:iconcherie-stenson:
cherie-stenson Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Neko Girl-13 (Fangirling Sparkles) [V1] thanky
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:icondemon-mizuki:
Demon-Mizuki Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Arigato Gozaimasu~~ This helps so much!!
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Gallinaceus Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
One of the best tutorials I know! Thanks Mr Snuffles! Oh and you too Gasara! Clap 
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grumpymeese Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is a great tutorial!
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sweetsweetsunshines Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so much ^^ most of the animation tutorials are for Photoshop so this was helpful for a gimp-user like me
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Foxymarie Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
YESH.  i finally made de bouncy :DFoxy's Booty Dance (Chat Icon)  now.. GONA TRY ALL!!GIF My Little Pony - But I didn't listen! Markiplier's Epic Dance! 50x50 Gif 
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LordNibu Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
danawolf.deviantart.com/art/Ko…

Thanks, I learned a lot, 
Here is what I made, My first pixel. 

I made it using my mouse so it's not 100% :P
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systemfailure99 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for posting this up! I have GIMP so this is one thing on my list that I will have to try out.
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XxGhostlyScythexX Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you so much c: this is really helpful
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:iconiso1979:
iso1979 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will try this. Thanksss
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Rainhealsme Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I just your tutorials! Simple and easy to understand as always!
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jameshock Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
I have visited so many sites but I never got the site like yours, amazing posts with informative latest things. english dubbed anime
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akatsukifila112 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
love your tutorials, they're so helpful!!!

I used your tutorials in my first two pixel sprites
akatsukifila112.deviantart.com…
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Gladiatore79 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015   Digital Artist
Congratulations great job !! Sent you to add your work in my group, thank you: game-art-pixel.deviantart.com/
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AkujiTheron Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
eh. i try to save my floating icon but after i choose the GIF image when im exporting it, the second pop-up for the settings does not come up and so it doesn't work .-. idk what to do
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chikaetchiko Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ehehe Sorry to ask But, which Format do we Save this as v.v i had trouble with this and Couldn't really get my Pixel icon to Animate since i do not know the Format >w<
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Violet-flowers Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your help! I am pretty alright with Animations and pixel art but I always have trouble with the layers overlapping, now I know I have to use the replace setting. i58.tinypic.com/6gkgm0.gif
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AceLemigain Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ye! thanks! helped with my profile picture xD
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:iconvalwyrie:
valwyrie Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist
This is going to be so helpful when I finally attempt pixel art! Thank you!!
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Gasara Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
You're welcome!
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:iconcaptinshadymcbutts:
CaptinShadyMcButts Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU
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Gasara Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
You're welcome, m'dear!
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CaptinShadyMcButts Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
uwu
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:iconiluvcupquake:
iluvcupquake Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So helpful! ^u^
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Gasara Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
:hug:
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sassyjazzy25 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student General Artist
OMG THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
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:icongasara:
Gasara Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
You're welcome!
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UnionRags123 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
how do you view it as an animation?
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:icongasara:
Gasara Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
You can preview your animation by choosing the following menu options:

Filters > Animation > Playback
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sassyjazzy25 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student General Artist
After you save it go to that picture in your libraries and double click on it
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SiimplyOwl Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! The tutorial was fantastic! Thank you for posting this. :iconluvluvplz: I just have a few questions. c:
Would you happen to know how I get it to not make me put up a preview image? I see that Snuffles there doesn't need one. :"D. Also, what category should I put the animation under? Whenever I choose a specific one, it says that the category I chose doesn't allow 'this type of deviation'. ^-^;
Thanks! 
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Gasara Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Hello, my dear!

You will be asked to provide a preview image if your pixel art is larger than 150px either in length, width, or both. This is just the way deviantART works. If your image is smaller than that then it might be asking you to provide one due to the category settings. I always post my pixel art in the following category: Digital Art / Pixel Art / Other / Non-Isometric

Hope that helps!
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SiimplyOwl Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah okay! I see. Do you have any tips for getting pixel art under 150px? I'm not too sure how to make sure it is. cx.
And thanks! I'll write down the categories. :iconfoxyayzplz:
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Gasara Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Depending on what software you're using you should be able to check the size of your canvas with the image properties or canvas size options. These can usually be found under the File or Image option in your software's menu. You should be able to change your canvas size with one of the options around there too if you need to.

The easiest way to make sure your image is always small enough is to set your canvas size when you start a new image. You are given this option whenever you start a new file. If you set the height and width to 150px at that point then you'll know that as long as your image is within the canvas it won't need a preview image. You can crop the canvas down at the end if your image is smaller than the canvas size to remove any empty space around your pixel art. :D
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SiimplyOwl Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay thanks! I'll try it out. ^-^. 
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taynime Featured By Owner Edited Jul 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
How do I use images that I created in another art program and this it in gimp?
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Gasara Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
You can use your images easily. Just open Gimp, go to >File, then >Open and find the image you want to use. This will be the first frame in your animation. If you want to add more images as the following frames of an animation simply go to >File, then >Open as Layers...
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B3B2B1 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student Artist
this helped me alot thank you :D
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miku20200 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks
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xXAsk-MossstarXx Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you make this tutorial for Photoshop CC? The export doesn't show that screen. It has three options:

1. Paths to Illistrator
2. Render Video
3. Zoomify
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Sophiagreengirl Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, thanks for posting me the title of the pixel art animation tutorial thing!
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skittlefuck Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful but I've ran into some problems. Whenever I try animating in GIMP the frame delay (100ms for example) never shows up on my layers and secondly when I export I don't get any options such as shown in the fourth pic in this tutorial, it just exports it without asking anything else. Do you know how I would go about fixing that?
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illusionarycompass Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohmygod this has helped me out so much thankyouthankyouthankyou
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Gateway12231 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Student
Thank you! This will help a lot when I start developing games!
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amsa95 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is it possible to only move one part of the "drawing" to animate?
when i want to move something on gimp, it moves the whole frame but i just want to move one part of it
do you know what to do to only move one part of it? 

;n; ive looked everywhere ((almost lel)) and asked a few people but nobody seemed to understand me ^^;
if you would tell me i would be reeaally grateful 
thank you :iconluvluvplz:
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Gasara Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014

Okey-dokey. I think I understand what you want to do. I'm not very good at explaining things but I hope this helps a little!

What you need to do is cut out the part you want to animate. The easiest way to do this is to cut/paste sections of your drawing. The first five tools in gimp are probably what you'll want to use. The rectangle, ellipse, free, fuzzy and colour select tools (hover over the tool icons to see their names and a description) will enable you to select certain parts of your drawing (each tool selects in different ways and the one you want to use will be different depending on what kind of shape you want to animate).

First, duplicate your drawing (Layer > Duplicate Layer). The bottom layer in the layer list (your original drawing)  will be your first frame and you won't need to touch it again. Instead, click on the second layer the second layer. Use one of the select tools to select the pixels you want to animate (either by dragging over the pixels to form a box or border, or by clicking on the pixels - this depends on what tool you're using). You should now have a dashed line around the area you have selected. Next go to Edit > Cut (or press Ctrl + X). This will cut the section you have selected from your drawing. Now you want to add it back to your image by going to Edit > Paste (Ctrl + V). If it pastes as a floating section just go to Layer > New Layer. You'll now have your drawing in three seperate layers. The bottom layer should still be your original drawing, the second will be the part of your image you want to stay in one place and the layer above it will be the part you want to move. You can now move the top layer independantly of the middle one. When you have moved the animated part of your image into the correct position you will need to merge it back down onto the layer underneath by going to Layer > Merge Down. This will combine the two layers back together to give you your second frame.

What you can do now is duplicate the layer again (Layer > Duplicate Layer) and repeat the process to make more movements.

And that's about it! If you need any further help please just let me know. :hug:

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amsa95 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so so much <33 :iconyuihugplz: that helped a lottt 
and thank you for taking your time to reply and write all that ;u;
your so kind ;;u;; Broken Fighting Dome (Kawaii Please) Llama Emoji-08 (Crying) [V1] 
again thank you sooo muchh Hug Huggle! Tight Hug 
Heart - Free :iconluvluvplz: :iconsnugplz:

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Gasara Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
No problem at all, m'dear! Glad I could help. :tighthug:
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elementdragon97 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! It help me a lot! It's just what I'm looking for, thanks! :squee:
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