have you ever thought to yourself, man I wish I had an awesome scratch avatar like all the cool kids
i guess they're kind of retro now or something but that's okay i guess
well now you can, thanks to tesseract's totally rad tutorial
First and most obviously, you need a sprite. You may or may not want to remove certain facial features.
If you're wondering, Doc Scratch's colors are white, #BDBDBD, #08FF4A, and #19A519, though you'll probably end up adding different shades of gray. Becquerel is just white with a black outline.
Make sure to leave lots of space around the sprite.
Make a copy of frame 1 and fill it completely with black. Add yellow lightning around the edges. It's much easier and will probably look better if you copy the lightning from frame 2 of the Doc Scratch sprite linked above rather than drawing it yourself.
More lightning, in the same spots as the lightning in the previous frame. This time use the normal sprite you made in frame 1 rather than the black one from frame 2.
More lightning effect, using the normal sprite.
The exact same thing as frame 1.
Make a copy of the main sprite, scale to 105%, and fill with white. As with all image manipulations, it helps if there is no anti-aliasing.
In-comic, this is a transparent (I haven't bothered to figure out the opacity) version of Frame 6 on top of a black sprite. However, if you want to save headaches, it's usually better to do it a different way. Create a copy of the original sprite and fill with #292929. Now select the pixels in frame 7 and remove from the selection all the pixels in frame 6. Fill the selection with black. This normally will only affect a few pixels around the edges of the sprite.
Or if you aren't obsessive about this you can just fill the sprite with #292929 and be done with it. But if you're like me, and you probably are, you have to do it perfectly.
This is where the hard part starts. Make another copy of the original sprite, scale to 108%, and again it helps a lot if there is no anti-aliasing.
Now you're going to need to find a flicker effect. This is often extremely annoying! It's pretty hard to piece together the actual effect, and even harder if you're not using a smaller sprite like Doc Snout. I personally use the one here.
Use the sprite you just scaled up to make a cutout of the first frame of this animation.
Create yet another copy of the first layer, scale to 105%. Use this to cut out frame 2 of the flicker animation.
New copy don't scale frame 3 cutout.
Keep doing what you've been doing.
Do the same thing again, except this time set the opacity to 67%. Create another copy of the original sprite underneath.
Do the flicker effect one last time, this time set the opacity to 33%. Create a copy of the original sprite like you did in Frame 13.
Now crop the image, and make sure you didn't cut off anything or you'll have to do all that over again.
Set the delay for all frames to .05 seconds, except for frames 1 and 5. These can have any delay you want. For reference, Doc Scratch's introduction panel uses 1 second for both, Doc Snout uses 2 seconds for both, and the wiki uses 3.5 and 4.5 seconds.
And you're done! Yay.
alternate tutorial by arcana
gimp tutorial by strokend
The first thing you need is the image you want to scratchify. It helps to either give it a solid-colored background, or to remove a background. Right click the image, go to IMAGE, then MODE, then click RGB so that you can use all colors available.
The second thing you need is the green lightning, or whatever else you're using to make your flashy effect. I have it ripped and stored at http://i52.tinypic.com/4l1xtu.gif for your convenience.
Now, make sure your picture has enough empty space to support the growth that will be applied to three of the frames--if you aren't sure if it's big enough, make it bigger just in case. You can do this by right clicking the image, going down to IMAGE, and then clicking canvas size. The layers will not change along with it, so make sure you right click the layer and then click "Layer to image size". This will leave some blank space that may be a different color than the background you want--if it does, just use the eyedropper (on the left) to pick up the background color, and the paint bucket (also on the left) to fill it in. Something to keep in mind is that if your image has a side (top and bottom included) cut off, you DON'T want to leave blank space beyond that side. Also keep in mind that this ruins it if the image is cut off on two opposite sides--try to find one that at most has a corner cut off (ie. left and bottom).
The next step is to duplicate the layer until it says "Copy #12". Since the first two layers don't have those numbers, #12 is actually frame 14, which is what you need (unless you're already a pro at scratching and enjoy making longer flashy fazes). To help, you can go through the frames and rename them Frame 1-14; this will especially help on frames I'll be telling you to jump to in this tutorial.
Once you're ready to start editing the layers, you can follow the tutorials that guide you frame by frame or use my 'shortcuts.' Since you're reading this, I guess you want the shortcuts.
Turn off view (they eyeball on the right window) for all layers. It's not necessary, but it REALLY helps you out here. A quick way to turn them all off is to click the top or bottom layer, hit left a few times, then hit space-down-space-down (replace down with up if you clicked the bottom layer) until you hide them all.
Turn frame six on, then right-click on it on the right window. Click on "Scale Layer." Make sure the chain is connected--if it's severed, click it to connect it. Next, look at the dropdown box. By default it's probably "Pixels." Change it to "Percent." Change the width to 105 and then click on the height box. You may get a funky value just a little bit above or below 105--don't worry. It's just fine. Click on "Scale" and then center the layer (use the move tool on it--you can also select the image window once you select the move tool and then use the arrow keys to move it pixel by pixel. This is useful for counting how far it is from side to side and top to bottom, so that you can center it if it isn't centered by default).
When centering images with sides cut off, keep in mind that for those sides, being 'centered' means being against the canvas edge. For example, if the bottom is cut off, move it up until the bottom aligns with the bottom of the area where you can actually see the layer at (since below there it turns invisible). You may need to zoom in to get it pixel perfect. "Corner Cut" images are actually easiest here--no counting, just side matching.
Turn frame 6 invisible (if you're following my advice on this, always turn inactive layers invisible unless I say otherwise), then turn frame 8 visible (again, active layers become visible unless otherwise stated). Do the same thing you did with frame 6, only this time set the percent to 108 instead of 105.
Repeat with frame 9 at 105%.
If you want, you can add a tiny suffix to layers 6, 8, and 9--"Frame 6-105" "Frame 8-108" and "Frame 9-105" for example. This helps you recognize layers that you need to ignore on the next step.
Go to frame 2 (visibility rules apply here so you can see it) and use the COLOR SELECT TOOL on the left window (it's a hand pointing at either a red square or green square on a square tower of green, red, blue from bottom to top) on the background (even if the background is transparancy). Set your foreground color to black if it isn't already--you can do so by clicking on it and moving the sliders around, or by clicking the tiny black and white squares right next to the bigger color squares. Right click the image, go to select, and then INVERT. This will make you select everything BUT the background. Click the pencil icon (or hit N), set the 'brush' to Circle 19, and scale to 10. This helps you color it in REALLY fast--just color the whole thing. Since you only selected the thing you're scratchefying, nothing else gets colored
Keeping that area selected, 'activate' frame 8. Now, switch over to your GREEN LIGHTNING (you should have both pictures opened). Select all (CTRL+A), then click on frame 3 of it. Copy it (CTRL+C) Go back to your scratching image, and click on the upper left brush tool in the bottom of the right window. It'll be the green lightning. Set your pencil scale to 1 and see if the rectangle covers the whole of your scratch item (NOT the background, just the image). If it doesn't try scale of 2--and keep upping it by one until it's big enough. You SHOULD be able to make it big enough, otherwise your image is too big.
Once you make it big enough, activate layer 10 (yes, without having put lightning on layer , find a 'center point' (ie. the tip of something like a fang or tie) where you will click for each lightning application. (Note: if you don't actually click on frame 10 in the right window, you'll draw on whichever layer is selected. Make sure you don't do that. If you DO, though, you can simply undo it, fortunately)
Activate layer 11, COPY green lightning's layer 4, click on the center point on the scratch picture.
Activate layer 12, copy green lightning's layer 1 ("background"), click the center point of the scratch picture.
Activate layer 13, copy green lightning's layer 2. Set pencil opacity to 67, click on the center point of the scratch picture.
Activate layer 14, copy green lightning's layer 3. Set pencil opacity to 33, click on center point of the picture.
Activate layer 8. COLOR SELECT the background, invert selection. Copy green lightning's layer 1, set opacity to 100. Click scratch picture's center point. It wont be the same pixel as the other layers, but that doesn't matter.
Activate layer 9. Color select the background, invert selection. Copy green lightning's layer 2, click scratch picture's center point. Again, different pixel, but that's okay.
Activate layer 6. Do NOT deselect, or you'll have to reselect it--since it's the exact same area. Switch to Circle 19 and scale 10 again, set color to white. Color the whole selection.
Activate layer 7, color select background, invert select. Set color hex-value to "292929". Color selection. Activate layer 6, use magic wand (or color select if needed) and CONTROL+click the white. Activate layer 7 again and color the selection black.
Activate layer 2, set brush to Circle 3, set scale to 75, and edit the color. Increase RED and GREEN scales to max, and lower BLUE to minimum. This gives you yellow for the lightning--just draw it in place around the edges where you think it'd look neat.
Click layer 3 but do NOT make it visible--you should be seeing layer 2 still. Try drawing over the lightning, perhaps off of it a little, and bigger.
Activate layer 3 and click on layer 4. Draw 'broken' bits of lightning where layer 3's lightning is (this is why you're viewing layer 3 and not 4). If you think you messed up on either of these steps, you can simply undo--GIMP supports a lot of undos.
Right click, go to IMAGE, MODE, then INDEXED. 255 colors should be more than enough. SAVE AS, change the name if you want, but make the extension .gif if it isn't already. Even if it was already a .gif and had the name you still want it to have, you still need to SAVE AS for the next few steps.
If it asks you to crop layers, agree. Save as animation. When you reach a screen where you can add a comment, go to where it says how many milliseconds to show each frame and change that to 50. Also, where it says "Frame Disposal where Unspecified," set it to "One frame per layer (replace)".
CLOSE the image, then open it back up. This renames all the frames so that they're numbered, show how long they last, AND so that they replace the previous frame. Go to Frame 1 and change it to something like 1500ms (1.5 seconds), then Frame 5 to something like 1000ms (1 second). That's it!
⦻ if your manipulation gets four nominations, then quote them and declare that you have four nominations; it'll get put into the best of thread
⦻ nominations must have reasons
⦻ repeating reasons is okay, just don't be lazy about it
⦻ everyone gets one nomination per page (~25 posts) (these do not rollover)
⦻ there is no "meme" restriction, so you can nominate whatever you want as long as you abide by the above rules
⦻ these rules may be subject to slight modification based on how crazy people get
reminder: don't nominate every single thing you see, that is just silly
the best of thread isn't some super-exclusive club but it should contain manips of a higher quality
Originally Posted by Menshay
I honestly forgot about interpolation.
Now, for a more meaningful contribution:
Originally Posted by Cyborg771
AH: LADDER TO HELL
MSPA readers: React to news post.
<- GO BACK
MSPA readers: Never mind. Continue.
Devil: Prod damned with FORK.
You give the FANS a lively poke with your CLIFFHANGER ENDING.
The FANS shed tears, either of torment, or of gratitude.
You will assume it is the latter.
Edit: Alright, I've consolidated all of the pieces together into this one post to make it easier to follow.
Originally Posted by Mubbles
==> Jack: Skip to the end.
CHILDREN MURDERED : 4/4
Would you like to play again?
HAAHAHAHAHA IT'S FINALLY FINISHED
Originally Posted by Skies
This took longer than I wanted it to, but I am rather satisfied with how it turned out. 83
Originally Posted by Ripcord
THERE ARE SPOILERS UNDER HERE
JJ:the internet is going to explode when you hit 100%, you fucker
AH: i'm going to be walking away from it in slow motion smoking a cigarette
Originally Posted by CaptainKirby
Not too much to say here.
Wwhy shrek is piss?
I really need to stop.
Originally Posted by The Random One
I just can't believe no one thought of this before.
I think Doc Scratch is Lord English, and he's pulling The Vast Prank on us all.
Originally Posted by HelpMeEirin
I accidentally Vocaloidstuck? Mostly because I am secretly a huge goddamn weeaboo and I can't help myself. Yeah. Not really happy with Jade, but I don't really want to work on this anymore. Hope you guys like!
You try to be the white text guy, but fail to be the white text guy because he's simply too hard boiled for your bullshit, pal. Well, maybe if he could spare a moment from having his ear bent on the phone, no doubt by some hysterical broad yackin' about some fella she's got troubles with, he might be able to explain that no one can be the white text guy except the white text guy.
Of equal hypotheticality, were he not preoccupied with said broad on said phone he might even indulge your rather quaint curiosity and gruffly and charismatically inform you his name is Problem Scratch.
Sorry to interrupt the Sunshine Crew and Tweed stuff (which is really neat by the way), but someone brought up the idea of Problem Sleuth being Doc Scratch in the sctached!universe and the idea was too cool not to manip.
EDIT: Oh and I also made this MSPA Notify Macro the other day if anyone wants to use it:
Originally Posted by BRPXQZME
why in the holy hell did i do this
Originally Posted by Carnegie
Death: Play a game.
You're trying, but it seems like only one of your guests is interested!
...And, honestly, she's beginning to creep you out.
Originally Posted by Jasper17
So, this is what I needed that Eggs for.
(Warning, picture is pretty big and kind of gory since zombies. Click on the image for the full size.) http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images...mbiefelt1.png/
(Then again, there was more blood in the intermission itself so I won't worry about it.
Yep, I turned The Felt into Zombies.
It's the notorious gang, THE FLESH. However, their LEADER, [COLOR="rgb(0, 100, 0)"]LORD UNDEAD[/COLOR] is nowhere to be seen.
Originally Posted by Jesscookie
Originally Posted by Jesscookie
AAAAAAAA WHAT DID I DO...
STORY TIME’S OVER WIND BAG WHOOPS OH SHIT GET THIS FUCKIN’ CLOCK OUTTA MY WAY. I AM A ONE WOMAN STAMPEDE AND I’VE GOT A BROOM AND THAT PEAL OF SPLINTERING WOOD YOU HEAR IS THE LAST GASP OF A PRICELESS ANTIQUE DISINTEGRATING BENEATH THE OUTRAGEOUS FURY OF MY AUTHORIAL LADY HOOVES.
If I have to put up with one more smug meandering interlude in my own story I am going to crack your head open and serve you a heaping bowl full of your downy soft puppet ass. How do you like that for hospitality, Doc?
I BELIEVE YOU WILL FIND THAT AS HOSTESSES GO, I AM SIMPLY THE BEST THERE IS.
See? Even that little boy has had enough of your shit. Run, male!Aradia’s ancestor! Run!!!! You have locked up your last asian schoolboy, you sick fuck.
Oh don’t you flop around at me like that. Are you listening little woman?!
Originally Posted by LMLYP
*gribnds into thread* I MADE A THING and i hope it belongs here?
Well I'LL nom it, for being fun, something that's a bit meta as opposed to something straight from the story itself, and for being a great way to kick off the thread.
Also the problem sleuth reference made me giggle. If you do another image of it going through to hell, complete with devil, then my nom will turn into a nom +1, equal to a nom in every way but intensity!
WHAT DO YOU MEAN I POSTED THIS ALREADY THERE IS NO OTHER POST WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT.
but yeah I'm nominating this, not the incomplete version.
Expect this to carry over when he/she does the next bit.
I often find myself questioning my sexuality. I can't help but imagine Scratch emerging from the burning tinder of his room with all his clothes burned off...
Leaving only the black carapache.
does this mean he reached Love Doctor?
Originally Posted by vanquishedValiant
Originally Posted by Rational Absurdity
What divine wonders have I missed in today's comic discussions?
Basically every time something silly happens I produce REALLY SHITTY images VERY FAST
It's like the whole reason I exist in this thread
Originally Posted by Clairvoire
Morality is how we bitch about things we don't like, and pretend to back it up.
Originally Posted by mythmonster2
Also, my return to eyes closed stuff! Surprise: It's a fic!
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Oh good God what have I written. I love how I started off with perfect grammar and everything, but then it devolves into random caps and slashes and brackets.
Well, I'd first like to nominate Cyberman's subject, for being a masterfully made animation that conveys a humorous and translatable sentiment, and I am finished with my cruxite artifact knights that I promised in the last thread:
Critique would be appreciated, especially since they're mostly pretty crappy.
EDIT: Made from a base by ElectricAssassin, by the way, and based off his awesome knights.