Thanks everyone! I really love doing these, and I'm glad you enjoyed! (and lol @ Acire - you took Ron's 5 limit graphics to the limit, rofl)
As to what I use, and how I go about creating them ... there's a few steps involved.
For creating the images themselves, although I've got Adobe's Photoshop, I actually like using Picture Publisher (by MicroGrafx) better. It's what I learned on several years back, and I really like it a lot - just because it's familiar. I generate each individual frame in Picture Publisher in their ppf format, then save each one as individual gif images when I've got them the way that I want them (kind of like creating cartoon animation sequences of frames).
I created an image strip below, so you can see the separate frames of this one:
Once I have the images done, I use Alchemy's Gif Construction Set to pull all the individual frames together, then using that software, I play around with the timing of each frame (that gets fiddly, like 20/100ths to 70/100ths of a second). I create the final animated gif from that software.
I've had a copy of Alchemy's Gif Construction Set for a few years, and upgraded to their newer version not long ago. Here's the link to the software:
You can use the Gif Construction Set for tons of different things, from banners, to marquees, to silly or professional animations. I've got a few more on my animation's page on my site that I did a few years back under the middle section "Animated Gifs and Others". I've got my nephew popping out of a basket with his dog, my nephew and niece's heads "bouncing" .. things like that.
The camping squirrel, and the hummingbird in flight were frames I captured from my video camera, then worked on them in MicroGrafx and pulled them into the Gif Construction Set afterward to create the animated gif. I also used to love to play around with morphs, but I use a different product for that. I did a 3 generation morph of my grandmother, mother and myself a few years back which is on my site as well (you'll need to click on the picture to make it play). I used to just play around with my nephews and nieces, warping their faces and doing all sorts of goofy animations. I love playing with this stuff.
Feel free to e-mail me or ask any questions in this thread if you like, and I'll see if I can help you if you're interested in more information. If you like to draw, this is a great outlet.
[This message has been edited by Kit McCallum (02-20-2002 09:31 PM).]