Edit: Disclaimer: I do not animate; any questions about animations and previews will be answered with a best guess
The last time I ran a projecteducate
week, I tackled preview images. So this is an up to date, better informed version of the old 2010 article. Like the last one, I will cover when you need a preview and the dos and don'ts. New to this issue will be myths surrounding preview images and why preview images are needed.When are you required to use a preview image?
Here on dA, whenever you upload a .gif image larger than 150x150 pixels,
you will be prompted to add a preview image that is 150x150 pixels or
smaller.Why do you need a preview image for .gif files?
"GIF is a complex format which may contain animations and does not automatically resize well. We require the previews so that you get the chance to best represent your artwork." - ZombieCoder
Basically, a .gif is a .gif, so even if it is not ani