GIMP script for making animated previews

GIMP script for making animated previews

MedicineStorm's picture

Created a script for rapidly producing animated GIFs for your spritesheet art submissions. You don't have to use it, but now that I have it, I know I'll be using it all the time! :)

Setup is just 6 easy steps: (No need to repeat steps #1 through #6 after the first time. Just do steps #7 & #8 for all subsequent animations)

  1. Download the latest version of GIMP. it's free! (If you already have GIMP installed, skip to step #4)
  2. Wait for GIMP to finish downloading. Wait for it... waaait! Ok, Install it! Quick!
  3. Start GIMP and let it run through its first-time initialization.
  4. Download the .zip file attached to this forum post. "spritesheet-to-animated-gif-preview.zip" below.
  5. Extract the .scm file to GIMP's scripts folder. See these instructions for how to find the scripts folder... Or easier still check out the embedded instructional video below. (For the default windows location, slap this path in your file explorer: %appdata%\..\Roaming\GIMP\2.10\scripts\
  6. Now open GIMP and load your spritesheet image. IMPORTANT: You'll want to refresh the scripts so it finds the new one you just added: "Filters" menu > "Script-Fu" > "Refresh Scripts"
  7. Now that the spritesheet is open, go to the "File" menu > "Create" > "Spritesheet to Animated Gif Preview"
  8. Adjust the settings: frame width and height, number of frames in your spritesheet (blank/empty frames don't count!), the background color you want for the preview.gif, etc.) then mash "OK" and watch the magic!


Now you have an animated gif to use as a preview for your OGA submissions! Let me know how it goes if you end up trying it out. Yes, yes, I know there's other ways to do this. All of them are better, too. But I either didn't know about them or couldn't afford them. So here's my free and open source solution! :P

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