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EASY Animation Tutorial! by Sarilain EASY Animation Tutorial! by Sarilain
Update: Now I have a video tutorial!  SUPER EASY Animation Tutorial!! by Sarilain

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Here's how I make my squiggle animations using Gimp 2.6!

Gimp is free to download, you can download version 2.8 here: www.gimp.org/downloads/
I'm using an older Gimp though, so the layout or buttons may differ some.  (I don't like updating much!)

I can't believe this took me hours to make, I really hope it's helpful!  Sorry I don't have more time to make it pretty, but at least it's neat and organized.  I did my best to explain it from a beginner's viewpoint, but you may still need to study Gimp a little.

This is also how I make my animated icons, it's a very simple process, just do a little experimenting and you'll get the hang of it.

Good luck and please let me know if this guide has helped you!




Check out my P2U premade squiggle linearts!


P2U Animated Squiggle Alpaca Lineart by Sarilain P2U Animated Dinosaur Lineart by Sarilain More here: sarilain.deviantart.com/galler…

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:iconparfait-bunny:
parfait-bunny Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016
Really helpful! Thank you.
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:iconalcorecastan:
AlcoreCastan Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, this helped a lot, and I finally used Gimp, thank you so much!
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:icontheradianceofthesun:
TheRadianceofTheSun Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful, thank you! I have a question though, why does your image size have to be two times bigger?
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Sarilain Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016
Just looks better when you scale it down, smooths out the lines.  You can do otherwise though.o3o
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:icontheradianceofthesun:
TheRadianceofTheSun Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, that makes sense, thank you for replying!
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:iconclaudia-polese:
claudia-polese Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016
so curious to try some simple animations! thank you  for this tutorial!!
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:icondedegirl1:
Dedegirl1 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016
😍😍 So cute cuter than mine makes
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:iconlemonsonabush:
LemonsOnABush Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I love your work! Its amazing X)
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:iconairashidesu-kotton:
Airashidesu-Kotton Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The pastels.
The page.
I LOVE IT
SO MUCH
<3
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TheQueenOfLionsPL Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really helpfull! For drawing pufy cute animals too!

But for newest version of GIMP you should use not 'save as', but of course, save in 'xcf' too! So first 'save as' in 'xcf', and next 'export as' 'gif' c:
Only a little update. c:
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Tutuja Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Very Helpful! Gonna try it :3
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starca Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
In the last step, you should mention that you need to put a tick to "Use delay..." and "Use disposal..." otherwise it will keep the default ones ^^
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Dynamoe Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015
I shall give this a twirl! 

Thank you
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:iconkronosx2008:
Kronosx2008 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
interasting
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:iconravene20:
RavenE20 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful and cute :3
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:iconheartstorm4ever:
HeartStorm4ever Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tips ^^
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:iconpsycho-unicorn:
Psycho-Unicorn Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you oO
Thanks ^^
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:iconhoppitybunnysunshine:
Hoppitybunnysunshine Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:( mine doesn't work.
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:iconking-bread:
King-Bread Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
;v; Bless your beautiful soul
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:icongirlwithasimplewish:
Girlwithasimplewish Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
<3
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:icondarknessonly13:
DarknessOnly13 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Student Digital Artist
<3 ;u;
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Xerxes85 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
Thanks for the tutorial!!
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:iconstarlo1o1:
starlo1o1 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really helpful. <3 thanks for making this! 
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:icondaughterofmaat:
DaughterOfMaat Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
Thanks for this. I think I can use this as a reference even for Photoshop. :XD:
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:iconsarilain:
Sarilain Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015
Awesome!^^
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:icondaughterofmaat:
DaughterOfMaat Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015
:D
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:iconshibitheshadowhound:
shibitheshadowhound Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's nice to see another person who animates with gimp
you're art is so friggen cute
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:icongod-compiex:
god-compIex Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is very clear and if I ever learn how to use GIMP, I might make a squiggle animation with this. Thanks so much for this!!
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:iconlisaxlovesaph:
LisaxlovesAPH Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I have that large amount of  computer bytes
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:iconpuppystar56:
puppystar56 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice and also I have a question, what size paper do you use when your making your chibi icons? I would really like to know if you can tell me ☺
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Sarilain Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
When making 50px icons I work on a 100px canvas then scale it down.^^
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:iconpuppystar56:
puppystar56 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OK thank you!
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:iconstormfang23:
stormfang23 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow great work, miss sarlain
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:iconthetwinsisters:
thetwinsisters Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Student Artist
nice
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:iconrockerwarriors:
rockerwarriors Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
will try
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YTIbakemyowncake Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
i no say it easy...................................................
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:iconshinseinasenshi:
Shinseinasenshi Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Nice work on this tutorial. :)
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:iconsarbearart:
Sarbearart Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your art is so frickin' cute! i love it! also, thank you for the llama badge! its so cute!
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:iconsarilain:
Sarilain Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
Thank you!
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:iconsarbearart:
Sarbearart Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome!
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:iconcarrouselstudios:
CarrouselStudios Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Shaken Like crazy! by Pastile  I tried it!
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:iconsarilain:
Sarilain Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
Awesome, congrats!^^
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:iconcarrouselstudios:
CarrouselStudios Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe ty :3 Its all coz of that amazing Tutorial! 
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:iconmorgiee:
morgiee Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Um so I successfully created an animation however when I try to upload it to dA it says that I need a preview picture.  How do I make it so there doesn't need to be a preview or a moving preview?
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:iconsarilain:
Sarilain Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
You have to have a preview for anything over 150px in size.
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:iconmorgiee:
morgiee Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okie dokie!
Thank you so much for your help Sarilain, it means a lot to me!
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:iconmorgiee:
morgiee Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With each line art do we have to color them separately or is it simply one color layer (ex. the fur) for both line arts QwQ 
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Hawkstar10121 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool
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:iconowlflight-da-kitty:
Owlflight-Da-Kitty Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wanted to say I tried it 
( Though I went Squiggle overboard ) 
owlflight-da-kitty.deviantart.…
She's squiggly 
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Owlflight-Da-Kitty Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to try!!!
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