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Help with gifs

Unread postby trainjunkie47 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:58 pm

Who here can provide me with some help concerning train gifs?

What I have in my signature right now is a pair of images from Ed Binder's train gif site. If I were to try to incorporate more cars, I would run up against the character limit.

How do a set up a string of cars as a single image?

I want to take one loco, a half dozen cars, and a caboose, then merge them into one image.
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Unread postby mikerm19 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:13 pm

If you figure it out, you think I could get a sig like that?
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Unread postby trainjunkie47 » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:30 pm

Check this site out while you are here.
There are other sites as well, but this is where I got the two in my signature.

http://www.bluarcher.com/traingifs/frograil/categories.htm

Here are some other sites for train gifs.

http://www.railserve.com/jump/jump.cgi?ID=11529
http://www.railserve.com/jump/jump.cgi?ID=12639
http://www.frograil.com/gifs/trainGifCategories.htm
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Unread postby mikerm19 » Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:05 am

Thanks for the links!

EDIT: Ok, I finally got everything working right, here's a quick how-to:

I did this with The Gimp, so download and install The Gimp (Windows/Mac/Linux) http://www.gimp.org/ It's a free Photoshop basically.

1. Grab the images you want to use (save them to your computer, I just saved everything to my desktop). Open them all up in The Gimp (just keep opening them, it will open them all in one Gimp session.

2. In the title bar, they say the size in pixels (default). Length x height. Add up the length of the images you are going to use.
Example, I used two engines, 4 boxes, and 1 caboose. Each engine was 79 pixels, each box was 87 pixels, and the caboose was 57 pixels. All graphics were 22 pixels high. That equals to an image that needs to be 563x22.

2. On one of images, go to File, New. Make the new image the size figured above, and expand advanced options. In the "fill with" box, choose transparency and hit ok. You will now have a new window with a checkered background.

3. Go to your first engine and go to Edit, Copy Visible (do not just use copy). Go to the new image window and click Edit, Paste. Position exactly where you want it, since once you lose the selection around it, it's there for good. Do this with the next cars or engines.

4. Once you are done, go to file, save as. Name it something with the .gif extension. I named mine COBox1.gif and It will ask to Export. Make sure "Merge Visible Layers" and "Convert to Indexed using default settings" are selected and click Export.

5. You can unselect GIF comment or change it at your wishes. Click save and your done.

Note: I did this and for some reason it still showed white on the fourms. I found out this was because of Picture Trail hosting it. I completely forgot I could just use my own web space to host it and now it works fine, so if you get a white background, check there.
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