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Tutorial: Adding Text to a Blinkie Blank 
20th-Oct-2008 02:09 am
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Everyone makes/edits blinkies differently. I learned how to make them completely on my own using Photoshop and Animation shop about 8 years ago. I find the way that I add text to my blinkies to be time-saving and makes blinkie-making pretty easy. When I'm making blinkies I make ONE set of boxes, save it as a blank, copy and paste the text onto the boxes as I do in this tutorial. Then I simply just paste the boxes onto the pixel/the pixel onto the boxes. It's very simple and it's how I'm able to make so many at one time. Anyway, on to the tutorial...

This is a very basic and easy tutorial on adding text to a blank blinkie.
  • I made blanks of a very simple blinkie for you to use (included behind the cut).
  • Included are pictures to help you figure out where things are.

    I haven't written a tutorial in a long time so I hope that you guys find it pretty easy to understand. If you have any questions please feel free to leave me a comment here!

    This is a very simple and basic blinkie tutorial. Using one of the blanks below, I'll teach you how to edit it with your name.

    Programs Used:
    Photoshop v. 7 (shouldn't be too different from other/newer versions).
    Animation Shop 3

    These blinkie blanks are free to use for learning or for yourself. They aren't to be used as "freebies", and please don't claim them as your own work. Thank you!

    Step One:
    In Photoshop, open up the blinkie blank that you're going to use. The following warning will pop up:

    Hit "OK". This will give you the first frame of the blinkie to work with.

    Step Two:
    In the lower left hand corner change the zoom option to atleast 400%.

    Step Three:

    Using pixel font 04b24 at 8px (make sure you have the anti-alias set to NONE), type the first letter of your name in the first box and center it. The font color that I used was #003163 (the dark blue on the outside of the boxes).
    Then do the same thing for the rest of your name...

    Step Four:
    Delete the bottom layer (the blinkie blank) so that all that is left are the letters.

    Go to File > Save As, and then save the transparent image somewhere on your computer - you'll be using it again in a moment.

    Step Five:
    Using Animation Shop open the animated blinkie blank. Use the magnifying glass and zoom in to atleast 3:1 or 4:1.

    Step Six:
    Select all of the frames by going to Edit, Select All.

    You may also use Ctrl + A to do this.

    Step Seven:
    Go to File > Open, and find the transparent image of the letters you made earlier with photoshop. Right-click on it and Copy.

    Step Eight:
    Make sure that Propagate Paste is selected.

    With all of the frames selected, right-click the first frame, and Paste > Into The Selected Frame. This should paste the letters into each frame for you.

    YOU'RE DONE! Easy right?!

    Your blinkie should look like mine once you're finished:

    If you want your animation to go faster just Select All and go to Animation > Frame Properties and put a lower number as the display time and save the blinkie.

    I'll add this entry to the community memories and there is also a "blinkie tutorials" tag on the community sidebar now. More tutorials to come! :)
  • Comments 
    20th-Oct-2008 09:56 am (UTC)
    Tonia that was a really clear and great tutorial. :]

    I have no idea how to make blinkies at all. :P Are you going to do one with making your own boxes? *hopes*

    20th-Oct-2008 10:28 am (UTC)
    I sure am -- I'm going to continue to make different tutorials for both blinkies and icons. :)
    20th-Oct-2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
    This is so awesome! I wish I had PS.
    20th-Oct-2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
    Love this tutorial. I can't wait to try that instead of drawing everything out by hand!
    21st-Oct-2008 01:26 am (UTC)
    If you're doing freebies -- what I do is put the text on the boxes and save it as a .PSD file so that you don't have to keep going and adding the text. . all you have to do is change the letters to their name! It saves a lot of time - I'm impatient. :P
    21st-Oct-2008 01:28 am (UTC)
    When you do it, do you make every letter as a separate text thing or do you change letter spacing in the settings? I tried it earlier and the only thing that seemed tedious was changing every single letter.
    21st-Oct-2008 01:33 am (UTC)
    I find it a lot easier to do each letter separately. I just duplicate the first letter and move it over to the next box and then do the same thing until all of the boxes are filled. For the text on the boxes I type numbers so that you can see how many boxes the person needs. There will be left overs when you go to save the name, but I just crop those out in Animation shop when I'm placing the text on the boxes.
    21st-Oct-2008 01:34 am (UTC)
    Okay :D That's what I did earlier. That is sooo much easier. Thank you!! ♥
    21st-Oct-2008 01:34 am (UTC)
    You're welcome hun, glad I could help! ♥
    20th-Oct-2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
    OMG! that is soooo much easier than the way i have been doing it. Thank you Tonia, i think you are going to save me HOURS from now on!
    21st-Oct-2008 01:27 am (UTC)
    If you're doing freebies -- what I do is put the text on the boxes and save it as a .PSD file so that you don't have to keep going and adding the text. . all you have to do is change the letters to their name! It saves a lot of time - I'm impatient. :P
    21st-Oct-2008 01:40 am (UTC)
    i have boxes all saved, but saving the text never occured to me >.
    20th-Oct-2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
    This is a wonderful tutorial! Thank you so much ♥
    20th-Oct-2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
    have favorited and will come back =)
    20th-Oct-2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
    awesome, I do something similiar to this. I'd love a tutorial on Image Ready if you've got that program that is. I'm soo confused by it.
    20th-Aug-2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
    Thank you so much for the tutorial! I've always wanted to know how to do this!!
    2nd-Nov-2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
    I would love to see more tutorials, hun! I have my way of ddoing things but we all do it differently, and maybe I can pick up an easier way on a few things, like text. :P I'd LOVE to see icon tutorials. I can't do them at all. :(
    9th-Nov-2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
    Adding to memory! Thanks! Great and very clear tutorial! :) ♥
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