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This tutorial covers the creation of Animated GIF files and Postcards with an image as a background. The background selected is a picture of the magnificent Machu Picchu located in the heart of the Inca Empire. Location: Latitude 13° 9' 23'' South, Longitude 72° 32' 34'' West in case you want to stop by and enjoy this wonder of the world.

Creating an Animated GIF

You can download the following image (Pic. 1) and save it in your hard disk.

Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Pic. 1. Machu Picchu. Cuzco, Peru.

Open Internet Explorer or Firefox and enter the following url address in the URL box http://www.bizineo.com and then click on the link to the Animator application. Alternatively you can enter http://www.bizineo.com/animator
Note: You may be prompted to install Microsoft Silverlight. This application requires Silverlight to run.
Bizineo Animator Overview
Pic. 2

Once the application has been loaded (Pic. 2), click on the "Create New Animation Project" icon Create New Animation Project , a dialog window will prompt where you can set the properties of the new project (Pic. 3).

For the purpose of this tutorial do the following:

(1) Since we want to have an image as a background check the "Image" radio button.
(2) Make sure to uncheck the "Load using aspect ratio". This will allow the system to resize the image and use the whole background.
(3) Click on the "Load Image" icon. Follow the instructions to locate, and open the image you downloaded initially.
(4) Click Ok.

Create properties window image ratio off
Pic. 3

Next, create 3 frames clicking on the "Add new animation frame" icon Add new animation frame . Select the first frame, pick a color and brush size, then draw the word "Visit". Select the second frame, pick a different color, and brush size, then draw the word "Cuzco". Select the third frame, pick another color and brush size, then draw the word "Peru" (Do not forget the tilde). After completing the previous steps your interface should look - more or less - like the following picture (Pic. 4)
Note: You can turn on and off the grid lines by clicking on the "Show/Hide gridlines" Show/Hide gridlines icon. Also you can show or hide the onion skin by clicking on the "Show/Hide Onion skin (Shadow frames)" Show/Hide Onion skin (Shadow frames) icon.
At this point you can click on the "Start animation" icon  Start animation and test your animation with the different options provided (All, Selected, Stack, Once, Loop, Bounce, and Frequency).

Bizineo Animator how to Cuzco overview
Pic. 4

Next, click on the "Export a frame or frames as an Animated GIF file" icon Export a frame or frames as an Animated GIF file The following dialog will appear (Pic. 5)

For the purpose of this tutorial do the following:

(1) On the Type option select "All frames".
(2) On the Mode option select "Stack frames".
(3) Do not change the "Repeat" value. Default is 0 (zero).
(4) Set the "Frequency" to 5 fps.
(5) Click on the "Create GIF" button. Follow the instructions to select a folder and name of your animated GIF.

Export GIF options window all, stack  
Pic. 5

That's all. After following the previous steps you should have an animated GIF file like the one show down below (Pic. 6)

Visit Cuzco Peru GIF animation
Pic. 6

Creating a Postcard

Click on the "Export all animation frames as a JPEG Image" icon Export all animation frames as a JPEG image . Follow the instructions to save your image. You should have a JPEG image like the one shown (Pic. 7)

Image Cuzco flaten as ONE image
Pic. 7

Select the third frame. Click on the "Export selected frame as a JPEG image" icon Export selected animation frame as a JPEG image . Follow the instructions to save your image. You should have a JPEG image like the one shown (Pic. 8)

How to Cuzco selected Peru JPG image
Pic. 8

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