This animated gif of the Babe working the room for his supper yesterday afternoon took us untold hair-tearing hours to complete. Nobody ever said working without tools was going to be easy. PLUS. Despite using our tripod for successive images, the background jumps around. See below for the story behind the story and suggested solutions.
"I wonder what percentage of Photoshop users do make use of ImageReady [a bitmap graphics editor designed for quick editing of web graphics]. None that haven't been classified insane," quips poster Hecate on GraphicForumZ, a question-and-answer forum we stumbled into during a bout of temporary insanity of our own yesterday evening and this morning as we struggled to create and save the above animated gif of the Babe using the Think System on us during the usual supercharged half hour of the countdown to supper. Three things [those of our readers who have zero interest in such things should skip ahead to Thing #3]:
1. Since we'd just created an animated gif of Tiny only a week and a half ago, what were the chances we would have already forgotten how? But we had. As usual, PhotoShop/ImageReady's built-in "Help" was of no use. [See our post "Photoshop not responding," the top result in a google search, for circumstantial evidence.] We ended up googling for assistance and eventually abandoned the results of several hours' work and started from scratch. Apparently we had unwittingly clicked on something or other that rendered our animation unsavable in the gif format required for publication on our blog.
2. How to make an animated gif in ImageReady. A step-by-step guide for next time we forget: In Photoshop create a multi-layered image of all the stills that will make up your animation. Switch to "Edit in ImageReady" and select "Animation" from the drop-down menu in "Window." Click on arrow in upper right corner of Animation window and select "Create Layer for Each New Frame." Click on "Duplicates Current Frame" to create the desired number of frames. Use the Layers window to select, copy and paste individual stills into the frames. Use "Save Optimized As" in the File drop-down. That was easy (see animation below).
'Glad the insanity was only temporary.
3. Even though we have mastered the tripod, the successive images in both animations above are jumpy. The camera is presumably moving ever so slightly when we manually click the shutter. Solution:
'Gotta get one of these, a Pentax Electronic Cable Release. Our old snail remote cable is incompatible with Optio 450 digital.
Ahhh. Now maybe we can get back to the "serious" post we were working on yesterday afternoon when madness struck, a classic Queen-of-the-Segueway linking of the lard-killing Crisco "big lie" with the unintended consequences of Al Gore's inconvenient prevarications amongst what Tom Borelli calls "CEOs who are under the corporate social responsibility (CSR) spell."
Update: Speaking of serious posts, don't miss Carnival of the Cats #187 with Zed Monster at Bad Kitty Cats.
Update II: Pajamas Media links.
Update III: Professor Reynolds is hiding under the bed: "CAT PHOTOSHOP MADNESS: Be very afraid."