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    Have Questions? Here Are The Answers!

    Before you post your question to the wider community, check to see whether it's already been answered down here. These are all the most commonly asked questions. If you need something specific it might be quicker to use ctrl+f than to read the list. Feel free to ask more questions below and I'll add them to the list.

    What If I Can't Find My Question Here?


    The Forums
    I'm new to the forums and can't find a thread that I just made, where did it go?
    How do I make an image into a link?
    Why do some people have different colour names?

    My Profile

    How do I get a picture to appear under my name (as my avatar)?
    How do I get an animation to appear under my name (as my avatar)?
    How do I get something to appear under all my posts (as my signature)?
    How do I get a flash animation in my signature?
    Where can I get images for my avatar/sig?
    How do I set a profile picture?
    How do I set it not to show me other peoples signatures?
    How can I change my name?

    Messages

    How do I leave visitor messages?
    Why is no one responding to my visitor messages?
    How do I send private messages?
    Can I send the same message to more than one person?
    Why is no one responding to my private messages?
    How do I empty my inbox?
    How do I know if my message is received?
    How do I send a read receipt?
    What are folders for, and how do I use them?

    Animation

    Where can I find stick figure animations?
    How can I make my own animations?
    Where do I download the animation programs?
    Which animation program is best for me?

    Where can I learn to get better at animating?
    Can I download the animations on Stickpage?
    What is the music from [animation/game] and where can I download it?
    How do I show people my animations?
    Can I put my own animations on Stickpage's front page?
    I know a cool animation that I didn't make. Where can I show that?
    Where can I find .stks for pivot?
    Where can I get sound effects?
    How can I edit my sounds and music?
    Why won't flash let me import sounds?
    How do I make a game?

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    What are groups, how do I join one, how do I use one, and how do I make one?

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    Stick Empires?
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    How do I get an animation to appear under my name?

    Firstly, state which programme the animation is done in. If you can't do this, you cannot have an animated avatar.

    Pivot
    Easytoon
    Flash
    Last edited by Zed; 04-12-2010 at 04:55 PM.
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    Pivot:

    If you have made your animation with the standard dimensions, then you will need to save it in a special way. Firstly, go to File -> Save Animation, as usual. Select .gif from the drop down menu:



    Now, you will get one of these boxes, depending on which version you have. Set the information in them to the way I've got it set up here:



    Now upload it and set it as you would set any avatar, as shown here.

    If you have changed the dimensions at some point then you will need to set the "resize", or "shrink frames by" option differently. The way you work it out is like this:

    For the "shrink frames by" option:

    [The largest of the two dimensions (usually width)] divided by 150.

    For the "resize" option:
    100 divided by ( [The largest of the two dimensions (usually width)] divided by 150 )

    Those brackets mean that you have to do the bit in the brackets before you do the other bit.
    Last edited by Zed; 04-13-2010 at 05:09 AM.
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    Easytoon:

    Select 'new animation' and this box will open:



    Ensure that neither of the numbers is bigger than 180. The standard dimensions are fine so unless you changed them before starting it will probably be ok to use an existing animation.

    Make your animation (the frame rate should be about 18fps. Many browsers can't handle more, and much less just looks bad):



    Now go to File -> Export -> animated gif:



    And name it however you like and click 'open':



    Now go to your upload site of choice and upload it. Copy the direct link and use that as the URL for your avatar in the usual way.
    Last edited by Zed; 04-13-2010 at 06:15 AM.
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    Flash:

    Create your animation. Then go to file -> export movie:



    Select the format "animated .gif":



    This box will open:



    Neither of the top two options can be bigger than 185. Everything else should be left as you find it.

    The result will be something like this:



    Because, as you may have noticed if you were especially observant, I tried this at 24 fps and few browsers will allow that with an animated .gif, the quality is bad. You will need to make your animation at about 18fps for it to run smoothly here.

    Save it and upload it to imageshack.us or photobucket.com or whatever your upload site of choice is.

    Copy the direct link and set it as the URL link to your avatar in the usual way.
    Last edited by Zed; 04-13-2010 at 05:11 AM.
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    How do I get a flash animation in my signature?

    You can follow 2-D's instructions to a certain point:

    Quote Originally Posted by 2-D
    Alright, you have your animation.

    Amazing! good work.

    Now, go to File > Export > Export Movie


    Name it, or don't, and save it.


    Now upload it to www.filebox.me
    Then copy the direct link:
    http://filebox.me/files/47tqa4xd5_su..._animation.swf
    and fill in the blanks.
    HTML Code:
    [swf=DIRECT LINK HERE]height=* width=*[/swf]
    example:
    HTML Code:
    [swf=http://filebox.me/files/47tqa4xd5_super_cool_animation.swf]height=400 width=550[/swf]
    And you'll get it to show up like a picture.

    If you don't know the height and width of your animation, check it in the properties of your animation

    Once you've done that, copy the entire code into your signature.
    Note: If you make one as big as this example you will be asked to take it down. You should make your animation no bigger than height=150 width=600. You should set this before you start animating otherwise your animation will look very squashed.
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    How do I make an image into a link?

    Simple.

    Take the link you want:
    Code:
    http://forums.stickpage.com/member.php?37778-Zed
    Take the image you want:


    Right click on the image and select "Copy Image URL", or get hold of the URL some other way.
    Code:
    http://i771.photobucket.com/albums/xx353/Zed31415/ZedGreenSig.jpg
    Put that URL between [IMG] tags, like this:

    Code:
    [IMG]http://i771.photobucket.com/albums/xx353/Zed31415/ZedGreenSig.jpg[/IMG
    Now go back and copy that link you wanted.

    Highlight all of the [IMG] stuff that you just made, like so:



    Click on this button:

    When the box appears, press ctrl+v. It should look like this:



    Press ok.

    It should look like this (except without the *):

    Code:
    [URL="http://forums.stickpage.com/member.php?37778-Zed"][IMG]http://i771.photobucket.com/albums/xx353/Zed31415/ZedGreenSig.jpg[*/IMG][*/URL]
    The overall effect will be this:



    You can even put that in your signature.
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    How do I set it not to show me people's signatures?

    First, go to General Settings:



    Then scroll down until you see this bit:



    Uncheck the "show signatures" box.

    You can also set it not to show avatars or images, but I don't know anyone that does that.
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    Where can I get images for my avatar/sig?

    Good question. I'm glad you asked.

    The first port of call is a little beauty I like to call "Google images". You type in a keyword, and Google finds a picture to match. Take the background of my current sig, f'rinstance:



    For this little baby, I Googled "green" and looked through until I found something appropriate:



    I then copied the image into MS Paint:



    And went Image -> stretch/skew



    And kept at it until it looked about right:





    At this point I copied the image into Flash and added text, which you probably can't do, but hey, it's a start. If you have photoshop you can probably use that.

    The important thing is that your image can't be too big. The most efficient way to shrink it down is to go to My Pictures and open the image from there. This should open it with InfranView and look like this:



    You then go to Image -> Resize/Resample:



    And that opens up this:



    If you want your image stretched at all you uncheck "lock aspect ratio". If you don't want it stretched, leave it checked. The important thing is this:
    The maximum size for a sig is
    Height - 150
    Width - 600
    The maximum size for an avatar is
    Height - 185
    Width - 185

    Any more and you will be asked to take it down. Avatars won't even work bigger. Sigs can have more stuff around them, like member awards, userbars, quotes, messages, whatever. Just don't get out of hand.

    Another way to get an image for your sig/avvy is to make it yourself from scratch. I can't advise you on this. If you know how, then you can. If you don't, you can't. There may be some drawing tuts out there somewhere.

    The final way is to ask someone to make one for you. There will occasionally be people in the art section just bumming around asking for work. Sometimes people will offer in the chat thread. If you become well known in the community someone might offer via PM or VM. They will tell you what they need of you if such a situation arises.
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    How do I leave visitor messages?

    First, you have to go to the person's profile, like so:



    If they have visitor messaging enabled you will come to a screen like this:



    If they do not have visitor messaging enabled, you cannot leave a message.

    If they do, simply type in that box and click "post message". They will be notified that there is a message and may reply.
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