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HowTo Expand Shimeji Animation by ChibiEdo HowTo Expand Shimeji Animation by ChibiEdo
Tutorial: How to Expand Shimeji Animations.

Huge File warning.. XD
Ok so just a few days ago I decided to work on my own Shimeji.. and because I'll directly started playing with the xml files right at the beginning I thought I'd share my knowledge in expanding Shimeji animations!

I really appreciate feedback on this. I would like to know if it's understandable and if it worked for you.. I hope you are not scared by the huge amount of text.xD

If I get positive feedback I may consider making another one concerning adding fully custom animations.. but that's a bit more complex and involves editing both the actions.xml and the behaviors.xml...

Hope you like it~~ Comments?

EDIT: [link] <---I got the English Shimeji from here^^ sorry that I hadn't mentioned it before.. I forgot many people have the japanese version..

EDIT2: IMPORTANT!! Just a little additional advise:
If you create multiple Shimeji in the img folder of such an xml edited Shimeji you have to make sure all of the pictures specified in the xml file are present or it won't start up because it can't find the pictures... so you also can't just take a Shimeji image folder from someone else and throw it into your img folder.. because it's highly likely that there will be missing files.. Hope I explained it somewhat understandable.. ^_^;
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:iconchibiedo:
ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
aw try it it's really simple to install XD and it's entertainingXD
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Hachiseiko Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Where can I get the xml-files in English? ^^'' Just looking at the Japanese ones makes my head hurt!!
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
[link] <--- Here you can get an english version of shimeji.. I had forgotten to mention it in my description. Put it there now though^^
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Hachiseiko Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^ I will try to alter the shimeji I'm working on now! :heart: Bakura! x'3
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
good luck with it~~ tell me if it worked for you~
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Hachiseiko Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
It worked!! 8'D And it was a LOT easier than I thought ^^ I'd LOVE it if you made more :heart:
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
yaay~ thank you! I'll think about it.. hmm adding custom animations...xD~ will be a while though.. busy with other art stuff now~XD
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Hachiseiko Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Yes, I understand ^w^ I'll wait patiently... :'3
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Blue-Royal-Tiger Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
I have been working in this for quite a time, but working with the japanesse code is not that easy, but with this some doubts have cleared! thank you!!
ah, I always had problem with the 64, 128 thing...
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Sorry I had forgotten that many people only have the japanese version.. here is the english one: [link]

Oh and do you understand the 64,128 thing better now? Just curious if my explanation was somewhat understandable..
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Blue-Royal-Tiger Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
and thank you, now I have the english version!
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
yay~xD
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Blue-Royal-Tiger Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
you don't know how easy it was to understand, now I'm using it as reference, it was a very good explanation, thanks!
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
That's great-^-^- I'm happy it was helpful to you!
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Noctuart Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful!! Thanks!! XD
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Noctuart Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful!! Thanks!! XD
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Thank you! I'm glad you deem it helpful
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Noctuart Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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Ai-Notsura Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this was actually quite interesting. If I had the time and patience (and SAI wasn't broked) I'd put this to use...
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
thank you! If you can ever motivate yourself.. it is fun!XD
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Nekyua Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh this is really useful x3 I was currently working on a shimeji right now so I'll be trying this out when I get done with all the other frames :3 Thank you for this~ I was wondering if anyone would do something like this. Now to figure out how to play with it more and such. *v*
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Thank you! I've also thought about doing stuff like this only AFTER I'm done with the other frames.. but then I thought screw it.. might as well play with the xmls..XD I'll also definitely change the running and dash animation because it looks totally hectic and abnormal right now..XD

I was wondering too actually.. I read that it's highly customisable and immediately I thought: Hey I might make a tutorial about this.. but I bet people made something already... *goes to check just to find NOTHING at all* .. yes. xD

[link] <-- I posted this link in the description now too.. Link to the English Shimeji version
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Nekyua Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Lol.~ Yeah I'm using the English one.
I didn't see any other ones myself. I thought it would be fairly easy for something like this to add more frames or change things but I have not much clue about programing so I was hoping to find someone smarter that knew how to do these things *v*
Wanting to know how to add more sitting right now ): I made like three more sitting positions xD
I'm really glad you made this tutorial. :3
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
hm what do you mean?XD 3 pictures of one sitting animation or just 3 totally different sitting positions additionally to the normal sit where the Shimeji does nothing than just sit around unmovingly..?

Because if you just want to turn the sitting animation which consists of just sitting doing nothing into a one with more frames it's the same as with the blinking.. There is an <action name="Sit" Type="Stay" BorderType="Floor"> in the actions.xml which you could expand..

If you want to add completely new sitting animations you'll have to edit actions.xml + behaviors.xml (which says how often which action will called).

I'm glad you were brave enough to look at the xml even though you don't know much about programming^^ I was worried that people will just see code and be like nooooooooooo *run away*
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velvetkitsune Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Late as hell, but this is one of the only online sources for creating Shimeji coding wise, so I thought I would add to this.

To create a new action you have to add that action to the list by specifying which images it uses as shown above, that's true. But the tut neglects to add that you have to venture further below in the actions.xml file to add the name of the behavior and reference the sequence you just added. After that you have to go into the behavior file and specify how often it happens and all that.

Adding actions is a three part process. I wish more people would ask and be curious about it, like in this case, rather than do what everyone else does and copy/paste someone else's work (which may not even be compatible with the original shimeji set and may also cause the user to miss out on awesome animations).
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Nekyua Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I had tried to do the same thing with the sit stay floor one but I got a error from that. So iuno. I should take a look at the behaviors too since I'd like to see how it works and if other things could be added. I really really really want a petting option *o*

Yeah it is a bit intimidating but I'd like to figure out how it works about xD.
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TomateBleuet Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Very useful! Did you made yourself the english version of the XML file?
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Thank you! No I got the english Shimeji version from here: [link]
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TomateBleuet Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Okay, thank you! :la: I should have get an english version at the beginning, it will make coding so easier xD
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Banished-Dreams Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Sankyuu! <3 I'm gonna take a shot at making a Shimeji. n3n
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
try it~~ I'm still not very far with mine..XD spent hours on this tutorial instead..xD
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FireBurd Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
I would have made a shimeji if my sai could save transparency ;u;

I-it's broken OTL
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Nekyua Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I thought it could? I've been making a shimeji in sai and I have a transparent background. Its probably because I always make the first layer a random color base and just put it to 0% opacity in the end?
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InazumaE948 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
can you tell how you have a transparent background more clearly? pls? i have been working with shimejis on sai but whenever i save, it still has a white background. T.T pls help.
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Nekyua Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Did you save it as png or psd? That should be all there is too it unless you have the background just set as a big blob of white xD
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
You know I have to recheck...XDDD *feels stupid for saying wrong things to people..XD* I just remembered that I once tried something which didn't work...^^; but now I'm not sure anymore if that was only transparency or maybe some certain file format...XD
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Nekyua Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Lol The transparency I think only works with png and psd.
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
well you know...XD I know which file types support transparency and which doesn't but I really wonder if I just did something wrong or my SAI has problems as well..XDD I'll try soon again..XD
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Nekyua Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yes should try xD
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Ai-Notsura Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DUDE I never knew it could!! Now I wish SAI wasn't broked DX
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Nekyua Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
D:
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FireBurd Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Mine could, but it broke.

Don't ask how I broke it Dx
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Nekyua Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Aw ): Thats very strange though. Maybe they have help for that on some forum?
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FireBurd Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Maybe it's something wrong with the coding. ;u;
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Nekyua Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That could be a possibility. Maybe needs a update too? Iuno >:
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
aww don't worry you can still do it! I know SAI can't save transparent pngs, but you can still draw it in SAI (I do too actually). Save it as a .psd with layers and then open it in Photoshop to be able to save it as a png with transparency. If you don't have photoshop maybe get GIMP? I heard it is free and can work with layers and psds too.. not sure if it can do that though but I suppose it can.
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FireBurd Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
I was trying to make a cr shimeji but my sai used to be able the save transparency and poof! It's gone.

I do have photoshop, but it's really laggy and my computer's processor makes it worse. ;u;
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ChibiEdo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
oh ok.. I'm actually not sure anymore if my SAI really can't save transparency.. I probably was just stupid..XD Sorry..
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FireBurd Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
;u; naw you weren't being stupid~

My SAI used to be able to through PNG but now it won't let me. D:
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