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Sprite Animation software for Sprite sheets?

on: July 17, 2011, 12:52:56 am
So I have a few sprite sheets, but since I'm working in photoshop is too tedious to cut and paste them into layers just to test the animation.
Is there a program where you can import sprites and specify the size of the frames and then just easily select what frames you want to animate?

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Re: Sprite Animation software for Sprite sheets?

Reply #1 on: July 17, 2011, 01:00:33 am
Hi, there's Graphics Gale, the paid version can build .gif
Also you can play the anim while pixeling. Cool feature.

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Re: Sprite Animation software for Sprite sheets?

Reply #2 on: July 18, 2011, 01:11:23 am
It sounds a little bit like working backwards.

Normally I work on an animation in sequence so I get access to onion skinning and I can constantly tap hotkeys to jump back and forth between frames to check volume. Only after I'm happy with the animation do I turn it into a sheet.

Working from the beginning within a sheet seems illogical. The sheet is the end product, the animation is what you are working on, so it makes sense to have your workflow built around the animation, not the sheet.

So yes, I highly recommend GraphicsGale. The free edition will still preview animations, so you can work on them and then make a sheet out of them. You only need to pay for the ability to actually export animated gifs.

But if you're hell-bent on working from sheets and then previewing the animations from the sheet... no program comes to mind for me. It probably wouldn't be too hard to cook up a little script to do the job, though.

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Re: Sprite Animation software for Sprite sheets?

Reply #3 on: July 18, 2011, 09:41:33 pm
Ah, well that makes sense :)
GraphicsGale it is then, thanks!

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Re: Sprite Animation software for Sprite sheets?

Reply #4 on: March 07, 2013, 03:18:20 am
Is there a program where you can import sprites and specify the size of the frames and then just easily select what frames you want to animate?

I belive this one can do that aswell but for free ;)
check this Simple Sprite Editor http://sourceforge.net/projects/simplespriteedi/

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Re: Sprite Animation software for Sprite sheets?

Reply #5 on: March 07, 2013, 07:18:34 pm
You can also load the spritesheet into Promotion as an animation and it will read the frames.

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Re: Sprite Animation software for Sprite sheets?

Reply #6 on: March 10, 2013, 07:51:14 pm
you can use some scripts to cut and put it in a new layer by pressing a hotkey

it will take few time (but i bet graphicgale will be better though)

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Re: Sprite Animation software for Sprite sheets?

Reply #7 on: March 11, 2013, 02:21:48 am
just found this simple program: http://rmrk.net/index.php?topic=41524.0
but it doesnt seem to be able to adjust the frame rate.

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Re: Sprite Animation software for Sprite sheets?

Reply #8 on: March 11, 2013, 05:30:28 pm
I've simply made a python script which assembles or dissembles spritesheets by dragging the image files onto the script file.  Photoshop has no problem importing individual images as an animation automatically, so this has definitely been the easiest workflow.

You should look at the tool renderhjs made which does this and many other things: http://renderhjs.net/shoebox/

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Re: Sprite Animation software for Sprite sheets?

Reply #9 on: March 12, 2013, 08:27:47 am
I avoided posting in this topic when it was first bumped because it was like a year old, but since no one else seems to mind that: ASEPRITE can also do this.
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