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October 21, 2007


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Computers, thy name can be frustration at times. Glad you survived and look forward the Queen story.

I used ImageReady heavily during the last Presidential election and still have some nasty John Kerry animations on my drive... ;)

LOVE the motion images...


Next stop: animated LOLCATS!!!


You Win! :) Thanks for the link Sissy. Now we are flooded! If we ever would have imagined we we would be having so many guests, tea would be served! And maybe Zed would be a bit more friendly. Wait, no not Zed. He is a Bad Kitty Cat! I was glad to see it was real traffic and not those internet terrorists trying to blogjack my MySql database and send out nice anti-American and anti-British messages again on my dime.

Sending many scritches for your beautiful Kitty Cats and thanks:) Yes A Sisulaunce Indeed!

Camera movement isn't the only issue. If you'll notice, there's a difference in the lighting in each shot, due most likely to using a flash. The shadows thrown by the light are subtly different in each shot, and that increases the perception of movement in each shot.

There's a slight change of exposure between the two frames in version 2 (look at the book titles).

In the Old Days (of film), you'd just set shutter speed and f/stop, and both frames would come out the same. You could probably fix that in Photoshop.

There are a lot of gif-animating programs Out There - "GIF Construction set" is one, and the Pro version is $25.

You might try putting a 5- to 7-second delay before the second frame comes up, and have it somewhere on the screen that would likely be visible for 10 seconds or so.

The "lookin' at you" pose in the second set is perfect. For Halloween, you might try changing the green-eyes to red (but real red, not "red-eye red).

Lovely Animation. Cats are the best! I've experienced this madness myself over a protracted period of time, still experiencing it, actually. I have a blog devoted to just this sort of thing. At the risk of sounding pedantic, may I offer a few suggestions?

- Try using layers in Photoshop to eliminate the background shift. Copy the frame with the smaller head. Select/copy/paste the area surrounding the larger head. Merge the layer with the large head over the duplicated layer with the smaller head.
- tween, which I haven't mastered on Image Ready yet but I'm getting close, performs a morph function that is more easily grasped with another free program, Morph X. Very intuitive, can master in a few sessions. Here, the head is captured at 25%, 50%, and 75% in between the two original frames. The stack of frames is duplicated and reversed so the cat's head doesn't snap back. The morph program twisted other items in the image and automatically resizes it, so in Photoshop resize it back to original dimensions and select only the head. The head had to be moved around a tiny amount to make the transition slide more smoothly. All three new heads, and one of the original heads is copied onto one cat background. The frames are duplicated and their order reversed so the cat turns his head back to the original position without snapping its neck.

The cat's tail is made to wag.

It helps a lot to label your layers as you go along. Morph x images can be named for their intended positions in the animation as they're saved one by one to desktop, then picked up in Photoshop, shifted over to Image Ready as needed.

One could get carried away. Lasers shooting out of the cats eyes, a tongue that blithely snatches a mouse like a frog snatches a fly, etc.


A little OT but I thought of you as I was reading this.

I used ImageReady to create the animated "Cast of Characters" pic on my sidebar. It's trickier to do a good, clean lap dissolve, but I figured out how, by using layer transparency and the tweening function.

Great program - I've only scratched the surface of its capabilities.

Fun with images!

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