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250th GIMP (GNU) Tutorial

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This 250th GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to create and save a Spinning Globe. To work along, you are welcome to download the Start Image I am working with HereUnzip the file and open the image onto GIMP’s workspace.

This website
Here has a large selection of world flags.

The Union Flag Start Image I am working with measures 432 x 216 Pixels.

Resize Images
Optimise And Save Animations In GIMP

Understand Layers
Optimise And Save Images
Launch GIMP & Organise Its Workspace & Palettes

Open your choice of Start Image onto GIMP’s workspace - File then Open -
then O.

Set the Background Colour to a colour that closely matches (or is identical) to the website or forum background you will be uploading your Spinning Globe to. For example, if your website/forum background is Solid White - then change the Background Colour to Solid White. I am going to blend my Spinning Globe Animation with this page’s pink background colour, and I have therefore set the Background Colour to Pink - as illustrated below.

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Now, from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Animation and then choose Spinning Globe. And from the subsequent Spinning Globe dialogue box, enter the following settings, and then click OK

Ensure Transparent background is unmarked.

Clicking OK sets into motion GIMP’s automatic animating Script. This will convert your image into a multiple framed image, ready to animate.

Congratulations, you have now created your (Layered) Animation-frames, and they are ready to save/export as an animation.

4/ View And Save Your Animation
To view your animation. From the top menu, choose Filters then choose Animation and then choose Playback

And from the subsequent Animation Playback dialogue box, click the following Play (Start Playback) tab.

Your Layered Image will now animate.

5/ Tutorial Continued
(Export/Save Images As A GIF: GIMP 2.8 - Click Here).
From the top menu, choose File and then choose Save As. And from the subsequent
Save Image dialogue box, navigate to a Destination Folder of your choice. Then save your Image as a GIF, and then click Save. As demonstrated by my screen capture below.

GIMP 2.8 Example

How to Save Images Tutorial Here.

From the subsequent Export File dialogue box, mark the following Save as Animation box, and then click Export.

GIMP 2.8 Example

And from the subsequent Save as Gif dialogue box, enter settings of your choice, (or accept the default settings), and then click Save.

For personalised animation speeds, experiment with different Millisecond (Delay between frames) values.

Default 100 Milliseconds (Frame Speed)

Congratulations, your Spinning Globe Animation is ready to utilise.

Animation Settings Explained

Loop Forever    
When this option is marked, the animation will play repeatedly until you stop it.

Delay Between Frames If Unspecified   
You can set the delay, in milliseconds, between frames if it has not been set before. In this case, you can modify every delay in the Layer Dialogue.

Frame Disposal When Unspecified
If this has not been set before, you can set how frames will be superimposed. You can select one of the following three options:

I Don't Care
You can use this option if all your Layers are opaque. Layers will overwrite what is

Cumulative Layers (Combine)
Previous frames will not be deleted when a new one is displayed.

One Frame Per Layer (Replace)
Previous frames will be deleted before displaying a new frame.

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