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Do a Little Dance (base) by medli20 Do a Little Dance (base) by medli20
HEY so remember this thing that I made a few days ago?
Yep, I also made a base for it in case any of y'all wanted to make an icon of your own character of choice doing that same dance.

SO I'M NOT VERY GOOD AT EXPLAINING HOW TO DO THESE THINGS AND I'M NOT EVEN SURE IF I'VE UPLOADED THE RIGHT THINGS, but this is what SHOULD be included in the ZIP file:

> 14 .pngs of the individual frames
> 1 .psd of the individual frames for the body and one layer for the head. (The layers for the body are misnumbered, but they go from first to last chronologically from the bottom to the top.)
> 1 .gif of all the frames strung together (it looks exactly like the preview image above)

There are a number of different ways to create your own icon using this base.

:bulletred: EDITING THE GIF
If you have a program that allows you to open animated .gifs and edit the individual frames, you can draw over each frame using the base as a "skeleton" of your animation, if you will. I don't have any programs that allow me to do this so I couldn't really tell you the process on how to do it, but if you own a program that does this and you know how to use it, then you should be good to go. If not, then try using one of the other methods below.

:bulletred: EDITING THE PNGs
If you don't have any programs that can edit files with the .gif or .psd extensions, then what you can do is edit the .pngs to your liking, then animate them using a website like iaza. You can find a tutorial on using iaza here: and here's a video tutorial here: [link]

:bulletred: EDITING THE PSD
If you have Photoshop (or any other program that can open files with the .psd extension), this may be a good option for you. There is only one "head" layer, which means you really only have to draw your character's hair and facial features once for the whole animation. Once you have edited all the frames to your liking, export the individual frames as .gifs or .psds (make sure you refer back to the individual frames provided in the .zip folder to make sure the head is positioned correctly in relation to the body) and compile it all into one animated .gif using the program of your choice or by using iaza. Links to the iaza tutorials are found above.
>Alternatively, you can use a program like Adobe Imageready (I've also heard that the more recent versions of Photoshop contain Imageready's old animation capabilities but I don't know how to use that). My tutorial on how to animate in Imageready can be found here:

Also: personally, I've found that the icons look better with a transparent background, but if you don't want a transparent bg, that's all up to you. :)

CREDITING:
If you make an icon using this base and upload it to your gallery, please link back! If you make an icon but you don't upload it to your gallery, you don't have to link back to me, but if anyone asks, please just don't take full credit for it.

(Also, I'd appreciate it if you didn't use this base for commercial purposes. Thanks!)
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ObviouslyNat Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
This is fabulous~ XD
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VonHollde Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey!! I used your base, I added the credits on my signature. Thanks!
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NomiChomp Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would gimp be a appropriate program to use this..?
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medli20 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm not entirely sure; I've never used Gimp so I don't know what kind of capabilities it has.
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NomiChomp Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huhmn. I guess i'll have to see. Thanks though! :hug:
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Pukichu187 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
uhh how do I separate the frames? :iconermplz:
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medli20 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That would depend on the program you're using. If you're using Photoshop CS2 or later, I think you can open a .gif, then go to Window > Animation, and it might separate the frames for you. I'm not 100% sure though; I'm not all that familiar with the software. For other programs, you may have to look up tutorials on how to do that since I really don't know too much about other software.

If all else fails, there should be a bunch of separate .png files of each frame included in the .zip in the download link.
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darkair Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Welp hey look what i did OuO //points at avatar and wonders if it worked

Thanks so much for the base!! Last time i tried anything animation wise it was a stick figure... but this was lots of fun! Great job with the smooth moves :'3 //and thanks for the tutorials and other tid bits too.
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medli20 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Okay so I've been away for a really long time so this reply is like super-late and stuff but WOAH, THAT IS AMAZING! Seriously though, well-done!
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darkair Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Haha thanks x' D and it's alright about the late reply, kinda realized after i commented that you were away.
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