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How to animate a drawing

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How to animate a drawing: Drawing has always been your great passion, but since you learned to take your first steps in the world of the PC you have neglected it a bit. You feel a little guilty, right? So how about recovering and combining these two passions by discovering how to animate a drawing at the PC?

With the free program Pivot, you can create simple but highly effective drawings on your PC and easily transform them into animated GIFs. A little practice will be enough and you will be able to get truly amazing results. Here’s how to download, install and use it in detail.

The first step you need to take to find out how to animate a drawing to the PC is to connect to the Pivot website and click on the item Pivot version 2.2.6 (3 MB) which is at the bottom of the page to download the program to your PC.

When the download is complete, double-click on it to open the file you just downloaded (pivot_setup.exe) and, in the window that opens, first click on Next three consecutive times and then on Install And Finish to complete the Pivot installation process.

Now, start Pivot via its icon on the desktop and you can start creating your animated drawing. How? By selecting with the mouse the red dots present in the joints and in the “moving parts” of the little man drawn in the center of the window and making frames for each movement you want to make him do.

For example, if you want to create an animated drawing of a little man waving, all you have to do is click on the button Next Frame to save the first frame of the standing man, then you have to move the character’s arm slightly upwards and save a new frame by clicking on Next Framemove the arm even higher, click on Next Frameraise the hand of the little man, click on Next Frame and go on like this until the animation is complete.

You can see a preview of your animation while you are creating it by clicking on the play button at the top left, while if you do not want the classic stylized man as the protagonist of your animation, delete the default Pivot drawing by clicking on the button Edit (on the left) and select the item New from the menu File of the window that opens to start creating a new drawing.

At this point, use all the tools and shapes (circle, lineetc.) available in the program to create your new character (you must always follow the colored dots) and save the result by clicking on Add to animation. If you want to have a custom background image for your animation, click on the item Load Background of the menu File. If you want to color the characters in your drawing, select them with the mouse and click on the button Color.

When you are satisfied with the result, you can save your animated drawing as a GIF image by selecting the item Save animation from the menu File. In the window that opens, select the format GIF from the drop-down menu Save as and click on the button Save to complete saving your design.

This of course is just a very small taste of what you can do with Pivot. If you want to deepen the subject and start animate a drawing looking more beautiful and professional than the classic “little man”, I suggest you take a look at the complete guide to Pivot in four parts on YouTube.