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1:43pm August 30, 2014

“Magic can kill. Knives can kill. Even small children, launched at great speed, could kill.”

— Zevran, Dragon Age: Origins (via dumbucket)
1:37pm August 30, 2014

picture-of-sophisticated-grace:

No Sven, we're not going back. She's with her true love.
10:02am August 30, 2014

fairytalemood:

art by Noah

9:33am August 30, 2014

Favourite Disney scenes in B&W

9:28am August 30, 2014

skunkandburningtires:

James Lopez is a veteran Disney animator (The Lion King, Pocahontas, Paperman) who is trying to raise funding for his primarily hand-drawn short film, Hullabaloo, with hopes of eventually finding a studio to fund a full-length version.

From the film’s IndieGo page:

Hullabaloo is the story of Veronica Daring, a brilliant young scientist who returns home from an elite finishing school to find her father—the eccentric inventor Jonathan Daring—missing without a trace! The only clue left behind points Veronica toward Daring Adventures, an abandoned amusement park used by her father to test his fantastical steam-powered inventions. There she discovers a strange girl named Jules, a fellow inventor who agrees to help Veronica in locating her missing father and discovering the secrets of his work.

In addition to helping save 2D animation, Hullabaloo aims to encourage girls to explore science and adventure. The film’s two protagonists are both young women and both scientists who use their intellect, wits, and courage to fight greed and corruption. We hope that Veronica Daring and her friend Jules will serve as positive role models for girls of all ages and encourage them to get excited about science, engineering, and sci-fi.

To see some footage and a short video pitch from Lopez, click here.

9:16am August 30, 2014
samanthadoodles:

"To live will be an awfully big adventure…"

samanthadoodles:

"To live will be an awfully big adventure…"

9:35pm August 29, 2014

istehlurvz:

Jet survives

Grows older-ish with Zuko

Gets a really shitty hairstyle

Then basically hangs around the palace and causes mayhem 

bye

9:24pm August 29, 2014

 Hullabaloo Steampunk animated film

americanninjax:

vivzie-pop:

animatorlife:

WHAT IS HULLABALOO?

Hullabaloo is a 2D (hand-drawn) animated steampunk film that hopes to help preserve the dying art of 2D animation; and by supporting this project, you get to help save 2D animation from an untimely demise. We want you to join us in making a short film that will showcase the world of Hullabaloo, which we can show to investors to fund a full length 2D feature. 2D animation is a beautiful but dying art form that the animation studios have all but abandoned. But if we can fund this film with your help, we will be able to show investors that people really do want to see a feature length animated steampunk film, allowing us to get the tremendous amount of funding needed to complete Hullabaloo as the full-length feature we believe you want to see.

In addition to helping save 2D animation, Hullabaloo aims to encourage girls to explore science and adventure. The film’s two protagonists are both young women and both scientists who use their intellect, wits, and courage to fight greed and corruption. We hope that Veronica Daring and her friend Jules will serve as positive role models for girls of all ages and encourage them to get excited about science, engineering, and sci-fi.

To learn more about what steampunk is, go here: Steampunk 101 

By helping us fund Hullabaloo, you get to help save 2D animation, you get to support a pro-girl and pro-science story, and you also get a boatload of cool stuff!

YES! I Just funded this, GO DO THE SAME! <3

I’ll be donating next time I get paid. Woop

9:23pm August 29, 2014

mintyburps:

I’m trying to speed up the time it takes for me to finish digitally, aka holding back on all those overlays :’D.

9:17pm August 29, 2014
gameraboy:

The Little Mermaid (1989)

gameraboy:

The Little Mermaid (1989)

8:45pm August 29, 2014

GIF Tutorial: Photoshop CS5 & KMPlayer

pscs5:

Here is a gif tutorial because an anon asked. You can download the KMPlayer for free by clicking that link.

I’m going to explain changing KMPlayers settings, screencapturing with KMPlayer, and making, editing, and saving the gif. I also go over a few common Tumblr gif techniques.

Basically, this is a long tutorial where I attempt to explain practically everything when making a gif. Hopefully its helpful.

We’re going to use the KMPlayer first and take screencaptures of the video we want to make a gif out of. It’s a little tedious at first because you have to change around the settings and stuff, but it’s seriously pretty easy and simple. I’ve made gifs a ton of different ways and I like this way the best.

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Changing KMPlayer’s settings

You have to change the settings of the KMPlayer first or you’ll get an error and it won’t take the screencaptures, so this is how you do that.

  • Open the KMPlayer and right click > Options > Preferences
  • Then go to Video Processing on the left side menu and underneath KMP Video Transform Filter where it says Condition, you need to change that to Always Use (Strongly Recommended)
  • Click DVD Settings from the left side menu and go to the Navigator tab. Under DVD Navigator there is a check box with that says Disable KMP Video Transform Filter. You need to check that box.

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That’s all the changes to these specific settings you have to do. You might have to exit out of the KMPlayer for the settings to change.

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Changing the capturing settings

  • Right click > Open and select whatever video you want to gif. (The KMPlayer plays almost any format.)
  • Right click > Options > Advanced Menu, make sure its checked.
  • Right click > Capture > Frame: Extract

This is where you change the settings of your captures, which can basically be whatever you want.

Also: all of your captures will go to a designated folder, so you can make a new folder if you want. My captures just go directly to the Capture folder within my KMPlayer folder.

  • For the Image Format, I make mine PNG because they are high quality, but they do have a higher file size. If you don’t want to use PNG, then use JPG, which is decent quality and a smaller file size.
  • In the Numbers to Extract section, make sure Continuously is selected since you will be taking multiple captures.
  • In the Frames to Extract, you can choose how often a capture is taken. I personally like just selecting Every Frame. There will be a lot of captures, but you can always delete excess frames in Photoshop later.
  • In Size to Extract, I just stick with Original Size, but you can preset the size if you want.

Mine looks like this:

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With all the settings now ready, you can start capturing.

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Screencapturing

  • Right click > Capture > Frame: Extract
  • Press start and play the part of the video you want to capture. 
  • Press stop when you want it to stop capturing and close out of the Frame Extraction window.
  • You can exit out of the KMPlayer.

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Making the GIF

  • Open Photoshop.
  • File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack
  • Browse > go to the folder your captures are in and select them. Click ok.
  • Window > Animation
  • As you can see, the captures are now layers, but not frames. You have to select this little button on the top right of the animation bar and click Make Frames From Layers

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  • Now you have frames, but they are backwards. You reverse them by clicking that little button again and clicking Reverse Frames.
  • At the very left side of the bottom of the animation bar, Forever should be checked so your gif repeats forever and not once.

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Now you can edit your gif. (resizing, coloring, etc.)

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Editing the GIF

Resizing:

GIFs look best on Tumblr at a width of 500 pixels.

  • Image > Image Size
  • Make sure Constrain Proportions is checked.
  • Change the width to 500 pixels.

Sharpening:

If you want to sharpen your gif, you have to do it frame by frame. You need to select the frame on the animation bar and the corresponding layer on the layer tab, like this:

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Then Filter Sharpen, and continue on through the frames, just make sure when you have, like, layer 5 selected on the animation bar, you have layer 5 selected (the little eye thing) on the layer tab.

Coloring:

You can either use PSDs (I get most of mine from psds and drunkandcoloring and other psd blogs on Tumblr.) or do your own coloring. It essentially entails curves, selective coloring, gradients, etc. This is a good gif coloring tutorial.

If you are using a PSD:

  • Open the PSD.
  • Put your mouse on top of your gif’s tab and pull it down so your gif is in a separate window.

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  • Select the tab of your PSD.
  • PSDs usually download with their layers grouped, so all you have to do is drag the grouped layers on top of your gif.

*Not every PSD is meant to work on every type of photo!* You can play around with the settings of the PSD layers on your gif to make it look better, or try different PSDs.

Deleting excess frames:

When you captured your frames, it may have captured too many frames. Or, since my settings are set to capture every frame, sometimes I delete every other frame.

  • Simply click on the frame you want to delete and then on the little trash can button at the bottom of the animation bar.

Changing the speed:

  • Click that little button on the animation bar again and click Select All Frames

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  • Click on the small down arrow next to the speed on any of the frames and select a speed that suits your gif. I usually use 0.1 or something around there, it all depends on how you want it to be and what looks best.

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Common techniques:

I use about… two common techniques I see on Tumblr so I will go over those quickly

“Frozen” background of a gif

“Freezing” part of a gif can be helpful in the sense that it will lower the file size of it. The only problem is trying to not make it look awkward. You should only use this technique when it seems appropriate.

  • Select the top layer
  • Right click > Duplicate layer
  • Click the eraser tool on the tool bar
  • Erase the entire part of the gif you WANT to be in motion.

Gradient

Gradients are helpful too because they can cover up parts of the gif that are distracting or unnecessary, and also help out with the 500K limit.

  • Layer New > Layer (Make sure this new layer is at the top of your other layers)
  • Select the gradient tool
  • Drag it over the part you want to cover

That’s about all I can think of editing wise so now on to saving.

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Saving the GIF

  • File > Save for Web and Devices

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GIFs will not work on Tumblr if they are over 500K. Which can be annoying. If your gif is over 500K you can try reducing the number of colors. The more colors the gif has, the nicer it looks. A gif can still look alright and not have the max of 256 colors though.

You see where Colors is, try reducing it some. If it ends up needing a low number of colors and looks bad then you should try:

  1. cropping the height some (crop tool is on the tool bar)
  2. deleting more frames
  3. using the “freezing” or gradient techniques
  4. making it black and white (layer > new adjustment layer > black & white. i usually use the green filter.)

(Photosets are nifty here because you can make your gif a lot smaller therefore they can have more frames and colors.)

  • Whenever you are content with your gif, click Save

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I didn’t use a gradient on this, but I did “freeze” parts of it.

If you don’t understand something or are having problems you can ask me, I tried to cover basically everything I do when I make a gif so… yeah

this is long

the end

7:47pm August 29, 2014
amymebberson:

Pocket Princesses 117: Book Learnin’
Please reblog, do not repost
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amymebberson:

Pocket Princesses 117: Book Learnin’

Please reblog, do not repost

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1:24pm August 29, 2014

Color Keys from Toy Story 3