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  Miscellaneous Animation Tips and Techniques - Part Two

Tip No. 3 (continued from previous page)

E. Remove unnecessary comment blocks.

The GIF89a format supports comment blocks. A comment block is unseen by the viewer, but is readable in an animation program. This is where an artist would put a copyright notice or an email address or a web page address. Never remove a comment block from an animation created by another artist.

Example of a comment block in an animation:

Comment block text:

F. Use lossy GIF compression if available.

The GIF format uses lossless compression by default. The latest generation of graphics software supports a lossy compression scheme for GIF. The current versions of ImageReady™ and Fireworks® support lossy GIF compression. You set the amount of loss using the Optimize palette:

ImageReady Fireworks

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