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Basics of Traditional & Computer Animation

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Animation has progressed from painstaking labors with cels and paint to the digital animation, with dozens of hybrid techniques in between. Whether you'd like to learn the basics of traditional animation or get started with digital 2D and 3D animation, we've got the information that you need to get started.
  1. Principles of Animation
  2. Flash 2D Animation Basics
  3. 3D Animation Basics
  4. FAQ and Glossary

Principles of Animation

Whether you're animating by hand or using digital techniques, there are some basic principles that remain universal. Lip-synching, squash and stretch, walk cycles - all are familiar hallmarks of animation, and should be mastered no matter how you prefer to animate.

Flash 2D Animation Basics

Animating in Flash can be fun, and can be as easy as just a few clicks. You can use Flash to create detailed frame-by-frame animations, or to automate animations using Flash's tweening processes.

3D Animation Basics

3D animation is used in video games, in movies, even in everyday television. It can be used to create wholly 3D productions as short as an advertisement or as long as a feature film, or can be layered with live action for special effects.

FAQ and Glossary

Have questions? Need to learn the basics of animation terminology? Check out the FAQ and glossary, where many of your most frequently asked questions and definitions of simple animation terms are covered.

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