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Narly Sprite is meant to help you create and edit sprite sheets. Pretty simple.
Narly Sprite requires Gimp 2.8+ because it uses group layers to organize the frames in the sprite.
- adding/removing frames
- changing the active (viewable) frame
- exporting the frames as a sprite sheet (horizontal strip/grid, will be adding powers of two support soon)
- flattening the sprite to a new image with each frame being its own (flattened) layer
- trimming the sprite to be the smallest possible width/height
- copying a layer to every frame
- displaying the previous frame with transparency for reference
- settings dialog that gets saved with the
- option to copy the pixels in the previous frame or to just create blank layers when making a new frame
- toggle a layer's visibility in every frame
This plugin becomes the most useful when you map the
Sprite->Frames entries (
Prev Frame) to keyboard shortcuts. I currently have them mapped to
ALT- for new/delete and
ALT. for prev and next.
This plugin doesn't actual export anything as animated gifs - you'll have to do
Sprite->Export->Flatten and then export that using the built-in gif exporter.
Below are some screenshots of some of the menus, as well as how the frames are organized into layers:
The images below were all made from the same .xcf file:
Exported as a horizontal sprite sheet:
Exported as a grid sprite sheet:
Flattened and exported as an animated gif:
Narly Sprite also has a settings dialog that lets you choose whether or not the previous frame is displayed with the current frame and with how much transparency:
Previous frame transparency in action: