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If you'd like to learn how to make an animated siggy like the one below, here is my Paint.net tutorial. 

SiggyTest2.gif picture by megamamatx
**This tutorial is strictly for using Paint.net.

**Download Paint.net here.

 

HOW TO MAKE AN ANIMATED SIGGY:

1.  Open Paint.net and select a canvas size of about 350 x 350 or so.

2. I usually make the background black or transparent so I can see what Im working with.

3.  Next add a new layer (or several) and create your image. I use new layers for each part: text, picture 1, picture 2, and doodle graphic. It makes making changes (resizing, tilting, effects) much easier.

4. Once you have one completed siggy, delete the black/transparent layer (bottom) and save it as a Paint.net file.

5. Then save it again as a .gif file (not a .jpg).

6. Close that out and reopen the Paint.net file you just saved of your siggy #1 file. Do not reopen the .gif file.  

7. Add a new layer, paint it black and move it down to the bottom layer. Now you should have two layers. 

8. On the top layer, the one of your siggy #1, cut out the pictures you just used so you can replace them with others. I used the magic wand to do this.

9.  Then pop in new pictures.

10. Remove the black bottom layer, FLATTEN and save siggy2 file as a .gif file.

11. Make one more siggy (#3) and save it as a .gif file. You should then have 3 different .gif files (each with different pictures).  You can make as many as you want, I just used 3.

12.
Download UnFREEz to animate your siggy here.

13. Open UnFREEz. A small window should have opened.

14. Open the folder with your saved siggy.gif files.

15. Drag & drop them into the UnFREEz window box and they should appear there. Add all 3 files. Then select your delay time (I used 140) and save. I had to do this step a couple times as I wasnt sure about the delay time. 100 made it loop too fast. The higher your delay time, the longer your picture will display.

16. Once you have your .gif animated siggy saved how you like it, upload it to
http://www.photobucket.com. Then you can copy and paste the image into your signature manager here on CafeMom.

Hope this helps! Ask any questions and I'll try to help you out.


Feel free to post your siggys so we can see them!

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trmcd...
Sep. 11, 2007 at 9:36 PM I AM GOING TO TRY THIS MAYBE TOM OR THE NEXT DAY I MAY NEED SOME HELP AS I AM STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THAT PROGRAM.

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Shlamoof
Sep. 13, 2007 at 6:43 PM It's so great that you had this tutorial in your journals.  I went back to look for it in the Siggies Group, to get the unFREEz thing,  and I couldn't find it.  It's only by chance that I came across a different post that you had made.  Man, am I lucky!  Anyway, I just wanted to say thankyou for your tutorial.  I didn't think I could make siggies with Paint.net.  My first wasn't the greatest, but my second isn't too terrible!  I'm getting better at it.

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betty...
Sep. 18, 2007 at 11:32 PM I would like to make these..but I only have Paint Shop Pro 9..is there a tut some where so I can make one...I see these all the time and love them

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Sweet...
Sep. 28, 2007 at 3:09 AM Ugh..i tried to do this and it just isn't working for me...are there any other tutorials that can help me with this..these are great directions..I just need step by step instructions I guess...please help me!!

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babyc...
Oct. 4, 2007 at 8:48 PM When I try to download paint.net it tells me I need to download one of 3 other things, Is there one that is better then the other that I need to download.

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pimpe...
Aug. 20, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Thanx so much!!! i been looking someplace to do these for my self...lol I actually googles this and your page came up!!! Thanx so much i judt did one :)  your instructions are so clear!!!!!!!! lubb this so much thanx!!

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