How to Animate on FireAlpaca
How to Animate in FireAlpaca
FireAlpaca is a very user-friendly and useful drawing tool, but you can also use it to animate. Whether one is an animator or a novice artist, anyone can create a simple or complex animation in FireAlpaca. Start at step one to make your own animation in FireAlpaca!
Create a new file by clicking "File" on the top of the screen or window and clicking "New...". Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl/Command + N.
Review the dialog box "Create New Image".Adjust the width, height, paper size, background color, and resolution to your liking. Once done, click "OK".
Click "View" at the top of screen or window and click "Onion Skin Mode".This makes it possible to export the layers as frames and put them together in an animation, and also enables you to see multiple frames at once while animating.
Create a new folder for the frames.When it comes time to export the layers, each layer will be its own PNG file. It is useful to have all these images in one folder to avoid cluttering your files.
Creating the Frames
Select a brush and color, and draw your first frame.
Create a new frame by adding a new layer.Click "Layers" at the top of the screen or window and click "Add".
Draw your next frame, using the last frame as a reference.This is why onion skin comes in handy—it is far easier to draw a frame when you can see the last frame right under it.
Continue adding and drawing frames, and going back to frames to edit them as necessary, until you are satisfied with your progress.
- You can easily duplicate frames by clicking "Layers" and clicking "Duplicate" while in the frame you want to duplicate.
- Add more frames in between frames by adding a layer, and dragging it in between the two layers you want it in.
- If you sketched your frames, go back to draw the lines and color the frames (unless you want a simplistic animation).
Click "View" and click "AutoPlay" to see your animation.
- You will see a dialog box and be able to adjust the FPS (frames per second, which determines the speed). You can go back to edit your frames if the animation does not turn out as expected, or you are not finished with it. Continue editing your animation and AutoPlaying it until you are satisfied.
Putting the Frames Together
Click "File" and click "Export Layers (Onion Skin Mode)...". Select the folder you made while setting up, and each layer will save itself as a PNG in that folder.
Review the dialog box asking whether to open AlpacaDouga.Click "Yes" (unless you choose to put the frames together in a separate program). This part of the article shows how to put together the animation in AlpacaDouga.
Wait for AlpacaDouga to open in your web browser.Then click the button that says "Select all files (.gif/.jpg/.png)". If the website opens in Japanese, the button will look similar.
- Select all the frames in the folder you exported the frames to, and scroll down the page to see your animation.
- You can change the website language to English or Japanese at the top right corner of the screen.
Choose your desired FPS and completion size using the dropdowns, and click the large button that says "Create a GIF Animation".
- Make sure that "Insert FireAlpaca Logo" is unchecked, unless you want the FireAlpaca logo in your animation.
- You may not want to leave "Loop Replay" checked if you have a long animation.
Wait for the large button to turn yellow and say "OK!! Download." Click it to download your animation.It will take you to a download page for the GIF.
Finished.Enjoy your animation!
QuestionHow can I color animations in FireAlpaca?HEPP THE HORRIBLECommunity AnswerTry duplicating the frame, coloring the bottom one with the bucket tool (with expand 2 or 3), or hand-coloring it. It's okay if you go over the lines. Next, merge the duplicate on top with the colored one and it looks fine!Thanks!
QuestionMy fire alpaca doesn't have Onion skin mode, what do I do now?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerUpdate to the latest version by downloading it again. This should be easy, but make sure to download it from the official site.Thanks!
QuestionWhat is the maximum number of frames allowed in FireAlpaca?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThere isn't a maximum number of frames; you can make it as large as you want. However, if you add an absurd amount of frames, your computer might not be able to handle it, and the program might crash.Thanks!
QuestionOnce I download the GIF, it shows up in frames. I try to import in iMovie, but it doesn't show. Why is that? What's the solution?DeshoDoodlesCommunity AnswerIt is becasue iMovie does not allow you to import GIF files. In my experience, what works is to save all the frames, put them in iMovie, and then make all of the frames show for as long as you want.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I made it into a video?DeshoDoodlesCommunity AnswerYou can't, you would have to save all of the frames and put it into a video yourself.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I do if it does not show onion skin mode when I go onto FireAlpaca?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerClick on "View" in the list of options at the top right corner of the application. Look down the tab that popped up until you find onion skin mode. Click on it.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I make a video file with my frames?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can use programs such as Windows Movie Maker or you can also use iMovie.Thanks!
QuestionCan I do a 3-5 minute animation using FireAlpaca?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. You can make it as long as you want. Just know the longer your animation is, the more time you'll spend on it. Animation is tough, and you'll need to spend a lot of time, even on a shorter project.Thanks!
QuestionI have tried multiple times to upload an animation. I used multiple ways but it always, ALWAYS, stops at 121 frames and won't upload anymore. Why? What can I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerUnfortunately you can't make the gif more than 121 frames. Try deleting frames that you don't need. If you need to keep all of your frames, try uploading them somewhere else.Thanks!
Why is that when I add my png frame files to AlpacaDouga and download, it only gives me a long version of one frame?
It doesn't make it move or anything its just one frame. What do I do?
Is there any way I could put these on YouTube without it saying it's an image?
If the 1600 and 1200 didn't fit, what size should I use for my fireplace?
- You can use a program like Windows Movie Maker or iMovie to put the frames together. This can be better than using AlpacaDouga, since you can speed up or slow down certain parts of the animation
- Although the screenshots in this article show FireAlpaca in Windows, Mac users can also use the program in the same way.
- To avoid more work, create one frame of a background and duplicate it, then draw your frames in front of it.
- If the animation can be viewed full-screen, such as on YouTube, a good canvas size to use is 1920px * 1080px.
Video: How I Animate in Firealpaca [Tutorial]
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