Tutorial Volume 9: Animated AIM Buddy Icon
This tutorial will attempt to show you how easy it is to create an animated image
which can be used for multiple graphics such as AIM's buddy icon. This Tutorial uses
adobe photoshop and adobe imageready.
- open up a new canvas 50x50 by pressing the
ctrl+N keys on your keyboard, or just go to
- under the LAYER tab you see right now we have
only one layer and it is called BACKGROUND.
double click that layer and rename it to layer 0.
- now come up with a theme you want your buddy
icon to have. Since it is now 2006, i will make a
simple animation in which 2005 will be erased and
2006 redrawn in. (this tutorial is only to show you
have to go about designing a custom buddy icon for
AOL Instant Messenger. it is not to show you how to
design a complicated piece of work! the creative
design is left up to you, the graphic designer!)
- i will begin by selecting an interesting font to use for
2005. select the "T" icon button on the left toolbar,
this is the tool to input text into our canvas. after you
select the T icon, look at the top toolbar, and select
your font face, font color, and font size.
- press shift+ctrl+N to create a new layer, "Layer 1".
on Layer 1, we will once again enter in some text,
this time instead of 2005, we will put 2006 in a
different font style to make it stand out. also i will
make the 2006 text larger too, so when we input this
image over to imageready, we can make it scroll.
- we should turn off the layer visibility for both the
2005 and 2006 layers so it will be easier for us to
work on other features of the icon without the text
getting in the way. to do this, just click on the
"eyeball" next to each layer so it disappears which
inturn will make the layer disappear.
- i want to have an eraser rub out the old 2005 text
which will make way for the new 2006 scrolling text.
to do this i will create a very simple pencil with an
eraser tip. select the line tool on the toolbar on the
left. make sure to give it a yellow (ffff00) coloring and
a thickness of 10. draw out a vertical line and then a
smaller line on top of the yellow line but in the color
grey (696969) that will be the eraser tip.
- now switch from the line tool to the rectange tool.
make a large rectangle in the color white, to the left
of the pencil and stretch it large so it goes out of the
white canvas. notice the outline of the large
rectangle. the reason for this is, later when we add
the animation, the white rectangle will overlap the
2005 text, and make it seems as though the text has
been erased as we move the pencil from left to right.
we will cover this in later steps.
- now on your layers tab on the right, you have 3
shapes, a white, grey, and yellow. link these 3
together by checking the empty box to the
immediate left of the layer like how i have done.
- next, we will rotate this pencil to the side a little so it
is slanted and not so straight. press ctrl+T, the free
- we are finished in photoshop, lets jump to
imageready, press shft+ctrl+M
- once in imageready, click on the eyeballs again for
all the remaining layers EXCEPT LAYER 0 to make
them disappear. you should have a blank canvas
- bring back the 2005 text layer, by clicking the
space where the eyeball once was.
- duplicate the frame by clicking on the little notepad
icon on the animation toolbar. also bring back the
pencil layers (white rectangle, yellow and grey
shapes), by again clicking on the area where the
eyeball once was. you will see that part of the 2005
text has disappeared as if magically erased.
- drag the pencil so its to the far left and duplicate
this frame. we should have 3 frames at this point.
- on frame 3, drag the pencil so its all the way to the
far right and in turn erasing the entire 2005 text.
- select frame 2 and click on the TWEEN
option and set you settings to how i have it in the
- go to the final frame and duplicate it. you should
have a total of 8 frames and the last two being the
same. bring back the final layer which is 2006 text by
once again clicking on the eyeball. you won't see
nothing because the 2006 layer is hidden beneath
the other layers, just drag it to the very top. then
move the text all the way off the page to the left.
- duplicate frame 8. on the the last frame, frame
9, move the eraser off the page, and also move the
2006 text to the center of the page.
- go back to frame 8, and tween it but this time with 3
- go to frame 12, and duplicate it.
drag the 2006 text another halfway. go back to the
previous frame and tween it 3 frames.
- go to the last frame again and drag it off the page.
go back to the previous frame and tween it 3 frames.
- you are done, you might want to go back and
optimize it a little, take out unneeded frames to
make the file size smaller. this is what i finished with.
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