This is for the lovely Miss Helen and Sherah who asked me about blinkies. (I hadn't forgotten, promise! Was trying to best word this!)
Sherah, as for photoshop, I apologize, I'm a PSP user and don't really know much about the other program to best guide you. But! I DID find a tutorial for you that I hope will help. :)
(Sorry about the offsite link guys, but I REALLY didn't want to leave a question unanswered when I could help in any way!)
As for how I do it (cause I'm not sure which program you use, Miss Helen!) I had gotten Jasc Animation Shop with my PSP6. (I'm not thrilled to say that it hasn't come with any of the other versions of my PSP's.. ) I hadn't played with it until after I got PSPX though, much to my amusement and now I use it a lot.
Basically you need two things (or many not with whatever animation shops are out there, or whatever Photoshop can do!) a graphics program and an animation ability.
I open my windows (usually 150 by 50) and then arrange my pieces in the different "panels" (anywhere from 2 to 8ish panels, each the same size as the whole blinkie. So 8 panels of 150 by 50 pixels)
Once they're saved (I'm complicated, I save them both in PSPImage (or psd files if I remember correctly) and then in png or jpg files. Personally I'm an avid lover of png, but that makes your file size larger and most websites have a file size limit that you'll want to keep your blinkie under or it renders it useless.
So just to explain even better (hopefully) I'll have a folder called "Blinkies for Helen" then in that folder I have usually 3 folders. "PSP's" "PNGS (or JPGS!)" and "Done".
Each file type is saved in the correct folder so that I can find it easy (cause animation shop can only read pngs or jpgs, they can't do PSP files.) Then I open up the different panels in the AS (Animation Shop) and link them together. (if you have AS, it's in effects, add frames from file and I usually title each panel "First, Second, Third" for easy reference)
Then you just view your animation, and then save as, optimizing depending on the file size and what your limit you're trying to stay under is.
(You might have noticed some of my blinkies weren't as good quality as others cause I had to squish them to stay under the file size cap. :( I cried.)
After that, save as, it'll make it a gif file and then plop it on your photo host and share! And viola! There you have it!
If you guys have ANY questions, feel free to ask and I will do my darndest to answer, promise!!
Hope this has been even a little help to those that want to know. :) Ask anything!