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MS PAint Animated Icon Tutorial by Zerna MS PAint Animated Icon Tutorial by Zerna
Hey, all! So I originally made this icon tutorial back in 2009...since then, a LOT has needed to be updated, especially Ezimba. So here's a completely re-done version of the tutorial, featuring MS Paint this time instead of Photoshop, and the most recent screenshots of Ezimba.com as of November 2016. I hope this helps people out!

IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION, PLEASE CHECK THE FAQ FIRST

:star: FAQ :star: (If I don't reply to your question, it is because it was answered in an FAQ)

1) can you make a big icon, then resize it down to DA's limits?
Not with Ezimba.com, unfortunately, but other programs like Photoshop and Flash let you do that, if you have the know-how. To make the animation smaller to fit DA's 50x50 limit, you would have to resize each individual frame.

2) How do I use this process in Gimp/Sai/FireAlpaca/Macromedia/Mangastudio/Corelpainter/etc?
Same process as in the tutorial: you'll make your canvas 50x50 pixels no matter what program you use. Follow the steps.

3) How many frames can I include for my animation?
It depends on the detail of each frame, but the average is between 5-11 frames when using Ezimba. If you use a more advanced program like Photoshop or Flash, you can make 5-20 frames, usually.

4) I'm trying to upload my frames, but Ezimba won't accept the Photoshop or other format! Why not?
Ezimba does not accept .Psd formats or .gif formats. You must make sure your frames are either .jpeg or .png to work best.

5) I try to go to Ezimba.com, but my browser won't connect to the site! Why?
Chances are, that's a setting with your browser. Use a different browser, or else Ezimba might just be down for site maintenance, though this should be rare.

6) I finished my icon and changed it to my new icon on DA, but Deviantart.com isn't loading it on my profile! Why?
We have to face facts that DA can be stupid sometimes. Just wait for a while to see if DA catches on, and changes your icon. If not, go back and re-upload it.

7) Deviant Art is telling me: 'Animated images cannot be used for profile pictures', now what?
Oh B-S, Deviantart, get over yourself. Yes, DA can accept animated icons. Just keep trying to upload it, or else refresh the page, or try a different internet browser to upload it.

8) What's the difference between an icon's sizes of 50x50 pixels and DA's 15kb limit?
A picture of any kind has two different sizes: One size is the PIXEL size (That is, how big it appears to be on your screen) and a FILE size (which could be 10 kilobytes, or 10 megabytes, etc). The file size is how much SPACE the icon takes up on your computer/hard drive/website. So...think of the Pixel size of how much space a blanket covers, versus a KB/MB size of how big/heavy a rock is when put into a basket.

9) Do I need Photoshop or a fancy art program for this?
No! Any art program or even MS PAINT will work just the same!

Tutorial (c) :iconzerna:   I DO NOT OWN Ezimba.com.
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:iconharperell:
Harperell Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
deviantart is telling me that it must be exactly 50x50  and smaller than 15kb even though it is 5kb and exactly 50x50???
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izzi6780 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i can't upload it because it doesn't have a preview. how do I upload it?
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:iconzerna:
Zerna Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
You don't need a preview to upload an animated icon--they're just not big enough to need one. to upload to your DA profile, click your icon on your profile and you can install your icon from there 
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Ashley952 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  New Deviant
I still couldn't get it to except the animation so I just used my last frame for my icon.
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:icontrainkid07:
Trainkid07 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tanks Fur Did Met
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:iconvarletlegion:
varletlegion Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Student General Artist
you've created a monster

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:iconzerna:
Zerna Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017
what a beautiful monster it is!
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:iconvarletlegion:
varletlegion Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Student General Artist
dawwww //^//^//
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ScarLove33 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 27, 2016
<------made this with your tutorial, this is the second one i done, i re-did it, but it still followed this tutorial. thx! (btw the GIF is a FNaF crying child/soul being set free) X3 XDFive Nights at Freddy's 3 - Freddy head - Icon GIF Five Nights at Freddy's 3 - Bonnie head - Icon GIF Five Nights at Freddy's 3 - Foxy head - Icon GIF Five Nights at Freddy's 3 - Chica head - Icon GIF FNaF 2 Crying Child IconFree FNAF2 Creepy Crying Child Icon Free Crying Child Icon FNAF Crying Child Emoticon/Icon FNaF 2 Crying Child IconCrying child FNAF icon Adventure Crying Child Icon
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:iconzerna:
Zerna Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016
eyyy nice job!
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:iconscarlove33:
ScarLove33 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016
lol just changed it this is not the original sowwy XD
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:iconstinkylongpants:
StinkyLongPants Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
THIS IS REALLY HELPFUL TYSMrobbie rotten 06 
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:iconpapilio13:
Papilio13 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016
How do i access PYN on MS paint? i do not know how to save to separate frames . help please ;(
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:iconzerna:
Zerna Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016
Pyn is the name of my flash drive <D

read the tutorial, it will tell you how to save different frames.
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:iconsprinkles257:
Sprinkles257 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016   General Artist
Ahh thank you!
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:icondandyditalini:
DandyDitalini Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! This was very helpful!
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:icontheleeswan:
TheLeeswan Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank ye so much! Just made my first animate icon thanks to this!
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:iconzerna:
Zerna Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016
You're welcome! Glad it helped
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:iconmoss57:
moss57 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you soooooo much!!!!! I made my OC Moss, an Ice Wroll! < Wroll- Wolf/Troll > SPARKLES
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:iconzerna:
Zerna Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016
you're welcome! Glad it helped
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:iconmoss57:
moss57 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
:)
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:iconnoraisadurp:
NoraIsADurp Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
This is awesome!!!!!! thank you
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:iconthe-ut-vixen:
The-UT-Vixen Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This was INCREDIBLY helpful!! Thank you for this! ^u^
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:iconzerna:
Zerna Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016
sure thing!
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:iconnicksnumberonefan:
NicksNumberOneFan Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016
When I convert my icon, iz all good but when I go to put it as MY icon it is no longer 50x50, any tips? xD
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:icondonkey-fish:
Donkey-Fish Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016   Artist
Now I got the hang of it
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:iconcolorfulmoongato:
Colorfulmoongato Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll have to try this eventually :^ hmm...
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:iconvarletlegion:
varletlegion Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016  Student General Artist
THANK YOU
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:iconzerna:
Zerna Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016
most welcome!
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:iconstarr-lights:
Starr-Lights Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Student Digital Artist
oKAY THANKS

legit needed tutorial on ezimba because my friend wouldn't help me x'D 

some friend amirite
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:iconzerna:
Zerna Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016
you're welcome

and yes, wow thank you, friend, gosh
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:iconsigma02:
Sigma02 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
NVM I got it!! :)
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:iconsigma02:
Sigma02 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I tried putting my (9) frames in Ezimba, and the actual picture didn't show up in the box. Instead it was like that weird little picture that shows up when the actual one can't load. Then I tried pressing convert, and nothing showed up. (I waited for like five minutes) Do you know why that's happening and how I can fix it?
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:iconinvader--zadr:
Invader--ZaDr Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :3 I always wondered how people do that! 
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:iconzerna:
Zerna Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016
The magical secret, revealed at last
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:icongreteh:
Greteh Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy shit yeessss

You too are a fellow Ezimba user :highfive:

I've been using ezimba for so long (even some time before they changed its name to ezimba lmao I forgot what it was) especially recently as I've been dorking around in pixel stuff.
Ezimba is by far one of my favorite online places to go to for image editing and of course frame animation.

Go you for spreading the great word that is Ezimba LOL :heart:
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:iconzerna:
Zerna Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016
Yeah, I used it for a long time for all my icons before I struggled and finally figured out Photoshop.

It used to be called Iaza.com then changed :)

And thanks! Hopefully it'll help people with icons rather than pressure them into thinking they need some expensive art program.
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:iconmarshmeowlow:
Marshmeowlow Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist
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OMFG YOU SAVED ME FOR PIXEL ART GIFFING!
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:iconzerna:
Zerna Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016
Good to hear :D Have fun with them pixel arts vwv
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:iconmarshmeowlow:
Marshmeowlow Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Hobbyist
<3
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:icontraycon300:
traycon300 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't know you could do that with Paint. Screw buying Photoshop!!! Thanks so much!!!

-t3
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:iconzerna:
Zerna Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016
You're very welcome X)
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:iconlotuslightning:
LotusLightning Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you SO much! This makes stuff way easier :)
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:iconzerna:
Zerna Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016
You're very welcome, I'm glad it helped :)
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:iconnyanpoptartcat1234:
nyanpoptartcat1234 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dunno how to save it!
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:iconnyanpoptartcat1234:
nyanpoptartcat1234 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah thanks! ^^
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:iconfamoniusgaming:
FamoniusGaming Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Could Piskel be used in this process?
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:iconzerna:
Zerna Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
I don't know the program piskel, but I would assume it would work, as long as you can save individual 50x50 images for the icon
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FrostHeart-WariorOC Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you soo much!
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:iconzerna:
Zerna Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
You're very welcome :nod:
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