i get asked this quite a bit and i’ve answered it a few times on various platforms but i don’t think i’ve answered it on this blog so i thought i’d give a kind of step by step thing here for anyone who’s interested in making animation of their own.

so first off, the program i use is called MSPaint and actually comes free with all windows computers. (start menu > all programs > accessories > MSPaint ) the version i use is the windows 7 edition…but you can use anything from XP upwards really.


you can draw with which ever tool you feel comfortable. here i’ve used the brush…but why not try using the spray can?


use the marquee tool to select a box round your character. if you character is way to complicated fit in a box, you can use the free form marquee tool – it has the same effect.


go to the select menu that can be accessed via the tool box bit, then simply choose the option to animate selection.
once you do that you should see you character start to move similar to this:

and that’s pretty much how you do it. easy 🙂
you should try experimenting with the process to see the results. for example try only selecting a small portion of the character and a large amount of empty space:

and how about animated background? if you right click your selected character and choose selected inverse from the drop down menu, then animate selection from the selection menu (exactly as before), you can get some fantastic results:


saving can be tricky. the export is all down to naming the file. it doesn’t actually matter what you decide to call it but you MUST REMEMBER TO SAVE IT WITH THE FILE EXTENSION .animatedvideo
and then your video should end up looking something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG8zHqx3pHg

i hope that’s answered that question once and for all.
have fun animating guys 😀

i use photoshop and moviemaker. i made a video on how i do it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VE63fGKhE4

but i don’t like answering this because it’s different for different people and things. the program isn’t what’s important.
animation is, essentially, a series of photographs played together very fast to give the illusion of movement. and that’s all you really need to know. how you take those photos and how you play them back, is entirely up to you…and i don’t really want to be responsible for denying you the experience of experimenting and playing around with stuff to try and find out what works out best for you. cause that, for me at least, is the best part of making a video….or making anything really.

but i’m happy for people to ask questions and stuff, cause finding out how other people do things is all part of it. it’s just i’ve answered this question a number of times…and i still don’t really know how to answer it.
i use a mixture of whatever i have available to me, feel comfortable using and, ultimately, need, to get the result of the final thing. it’s not an exact science, and it’s not the same for every video.

now go outside and play.

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3 Responses to @CharlGoesRawr

  1. That’s so true! I’m not a very good animator, but I know the best thing you can do is to experiment! And be careful with animating programs, many of them have a limited creative control. (Ed told me this in a mail and it’s sooo true!)
    Why is this(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG8zHqx3pHg) just for people over 18? =)


  2. Vanessa says:

    i tried, but i don’t have the animate selecshun option…or at least i can’t find it.
    under “delete” there’s another option, that isn’t ‘animate selecshun’ 😦

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