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Free Animation Programs
Want to try before you buy, or looking for something simple but functional with no strings attached? Here's a list of various animation software packages available for download. Some are entirely free, some are shareware, some are free with limited functions (with more available after paying), and some are free trials that either expire after time or come with certain critical options disabled.
Should You Use the Free Version of Google...
As a 3D modeling program, Google SketchUp successfully unites principles of line drawing with 3D for a bare-bones program that lets you produce surprisingly complex 3D artwork.
Flash Tips: How to Embed Your SWF into a Webpage
If you're publishing for the web, you'll need to be able to insert your SWF file into your website, right? Here's a quick guide that will help you figure out how.
Do You Know How Many Frames are in 1 Second of...
There are 8-frame walk cycles, 10-frame motion studies...but how many frames actually make up one second of animation?
How to Create a Basic 8-Frame Animated Walk-Cycle
The walk cycle is one of the most important animation techniques to master, but you can simplify it a bit in Flash even when drawing each individual frame, whether in whole or in part. This basic stick-figure walk-cycle demonstrates the basic ideas and discusses key concepts of figures in motion.
How To Create A 3D Bump Map in Photoshop
3D bump maps are used to create raised texture surfaces on 3D models - but they actually start off as flat 2D images.
10 Art Supplies no Traditional Animator Should...
If you're less of a digital animator and lean more towards the traditional, you've probably got a studio as cluttered as mine--and there are some supplies that you just can't live without.
From Gouache to Gadgets: Shopping For the...
If your'e thinking of buying a gift for an animator but you're a little stumped as to what might be appropriate, take a look at these ideas for gifts for the holiday season (or any season when you're in the mood for giving). Page 2.
How Japanese and American Animation Differ
I'm not about to throw my towel in the ring over the fight between which is better, Japanese or American animation...but nonetheless, let's take a look at a comparison between the two and what makes them so markedly different.
How to Add Simple Stops in Flash Action Script
The stop command is most likely the most basic of all of Flash's ActionScript commands, and the most essential. It's also a good place to get started with familiarizing yourself with the concepts of working with ActionScripting.
How to Import Multiple Images Simultaneously in...
You can import a series of numbered images to Flash and have the program automatically distribute them in sequential order across keyframes.
What's The Difference Between Shape, Motion,...
Before Flash CS4 there were motion tweens and shape tweens - but now CS4 and CS5 introduce classic tweens. What's the difference?
Royalty-Free Music and Sound Effects Resources...
Find links to the music and sound effects that you need for your animations - royalty-free and free for download.
Five Inexpensive Animation Solutions for the Mac
Frustrated by the dearth of inexpensive animation solutions compatible with the robust and powerful Macintosh platform? Take a look at this list of five software packages that will let you animate for $250 or far less.
A Beginner's Guide to Computer Animation
While animation is a complex art that can require years of schooling to perfect, for the hobbyist - and even for some self-taught professionals - it’s surprisingly easy to get started from the comfort of your own home and begin producing animations from scratch with just a little studying, hard work, and practice.
Layer Definition: What is a Layer?
Layers can be confusing for some people, especially when they're used to painting or drawing on a flat surface.
Give Your 2D Animation Distinctive Style with...
You've probably seen some pretty cool 2D animations that use style tricks a little different from the standard side-scrolling, black-lined textbook animation. There are tons of ways to make your animation stand out using unique tricks and experiments; here are a few pointers you can try.
What's the Difference Between AutoCAD and Other...
CAD programs seem like just another type of 3D animation software - but really, what's the difference? Why do CAD programs get their own special classification?
How to Add Onion-Skinning to Your Flash Animation
Frame-by-frame animation can be difficult when you're working on one frame at a time with no reference for the previous or next frames. Flash has a solution for this dilemma--known as onion-skinning, an option that you can turn on that shows a range of frames both before and after your current frame.
Everything You Need to Know about Walt Disney...
Disney is no doubt one of the most famous names in the animation industry, known for providing entertainment directed to adults and children alike; with theme parks around the world and a world-class animation studio and business franchise, the company nearly dominates the industry.
How to Create a New Scene in Flash (Lesson 10)
Here we explore the concept of individual scenes in Flash, and how to create and manipulate them to make options to associate with our buttons.
Flash Tip: Motion Tweening Expanded: Rotation
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Read My Lips: How to Lip-Synch for Animation
If you want to add actual expression and realistic mouth-movements to your animation, it helps to study how the shape of the mouth changes with each sound. These ten basic phoneme shapes can match almost any sound of speech, in varying degrees of expression--and with the in-between frames moving from one to the other, are remarkably accurate.
The Unexpected Average Salary of an Animator
Not a week goes by when someone doesn't ask how much money an animator makes. What kind of salary should an animator expect?
How to Add Simple Audio to Your Flash Animation...
This will be one of the easiest lessons yet; all we're going to do is add a looping audio background to our Flash character animation to complete it.
How to Create an Animated Fireworks Ecard...
Since the Fourth of July is coming up, let’s make a “Happy 4th” E-card, complete with animated fireworks. This will be a two-part lesson; the first will cover drawing the scene and creating the static fireworks, and the second will cover animating the fireworks bursting and adding animated text.
The Pros and Cons of Flash and Animated GIFs
Asking if Flash is better than an animated GIF is rather like asking if a USB thumb drive is better than a floppy disk. Both have their purposes, and both can be useful - even if one is a bit limited and outdated.
Are Drawing Skills Necessary to be an Animator?
So you want to learn to animate, but may not be the best artist. Do you need to refine your artistic skills before you can dabble in animation?
Flash Animation 4: Animating Your E-card
Now that we’ve set the stage for our E-card, let’s go ahead and animate it. For the first part of that, we’re going to use a new kind of symbol called a Movie Clip.
Flash Falling Snow with Random Functions and...
With Flash ActionScripting and a little math, you can simulate flecks of falling snow moving in a natural, random drift - whether you want slow, lazy snowfall or a swift and rushing blizzard. Page 2.
5 Things To Do Before You Ever Start Animating
Ready to dive in and start animating? You may not be as ready as you think. These 5 pre-animation tips will help you define your workflow and direction to make sure you don't flounder on the way.
Everything You Need to Know to Make Your First...
In this lesson we'll cover how to create a new blank movie file in Flash MX, and the tools and steps involved in making your first simple animation using motion tweening.
What Is Cutout Animation?
You may be more familiar with cutout animation than you think, especially if you're a fan of a certain raunchy animated show on Comedy Central.
In Computer Animation, What is Rendering?
You may often hear reference to video rendering, render times, render speeds, etc. in the field of computer animation. But what exactly is rendering?
Animating for Video Games vs. Animating for...
Creating animations for video games is much different from creating animations for movies. The major difference is that a movie is meant simply to be viewed, while the purpose of a video game is to interact. For this reason, animating for video games can be much more difficult than animating for video games; however, this reason is only a broad generalization of the differences between the two genres.
Animating a Zoom Effect in Flash
You can simulate a camera zoom effect in Flash using tweens. Page 2.
How are Traditional and Computer Animation...
In this FAQ response, the essential differences between traditional and computer methods of animation are explained.
How to Create an Animation-Ready Character
Whether you draw your 2D animations traditionally or digitally, there are some skills essential to both incarnations of the craft. One is the ability to draw simple but effective animation characters with clean, easy lines and basic shapes.
Tween
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How to Make an Animation Flip Book
Ever tried to make a animation flip book? It's not nearly as complicated as it seems, and can be a good way to practice your animation principles by using unorthodox sequential animations instead of keyframes and in-betweens.
The Verdict on 'Pivot Stickfigure Animator'...
Creating a stickfigure animation isn't as easy as it looks, especially in detailed programs such as Flash. In a custom-built program just for that, though, it's so simple it's painful - and that's where Pivot Stickfigure Animator comes in.
Flash Tip: Tools of the Trade: Drawing in Flash...
If you've been working in Flash for any period of time, by now you've probably realized that mouse-drawing anything beyond a basic pre-defined shape can be pretty time-consuming, and pretty difficult, if not downright impossible (and maddening). I'd recommend getting a graphics tablet.
How to Start and Stop Sound Effects in Your...
Let's pick up on the last lesson to add a bouncing sound effect to our squash and stretch animation, using Flash audio to bring more life and depth to the animation.
Dynamic eCard with Flash and PHP
Combing Flash animation, ActionScripting, and PHP to create an eCard with user-defined messages taken from input fields, and then dynamically generate a URL that allows users to share their custom eCard message via e-mail, IM, or web pages.
Flash Tip: Motion Tweening Expanded: Easing
Another way to control your Flash motion tweens is through an option called Easing.
Top 5 Uses for Flash
Flash has many useful applications; from character animation to programming, it offers a dynamic platform for a multitude of uses. What's your favorite use for Flash?
Persistence of Vision
: "Persistence of Vision" refers to the phenomenon where the retina retains an image for a brief split-second
A Simple Guide to Getting Started with Computer...
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Here's What 'Key Frame' Means in Animation
An animation key frame is a single still image in an animated sequence that occurs at an important point in that sequence.
Ask the Magic 8-Ball - Demo
Try out a version of the classic 'Magic 8-Ball' created using Flash ActionScripting.
Flash Tip: Flash vs. Flash Player - What's the...
When referring to "Flash", sometimes it can be a little unclear what we're referring to, as often it
What is a 3D Polygon?
You've heard of polygons in geometry, but what do they mean in 3d modeling and animation?
Flash Plugin: Keyframe Caddy
Flash plugin Keyframe Caddy streamlines replacing symbols for lip sync and symbol animation to make your work easier and faster.
A Beginner's Guide to 3D Studio Max: Using the...
In this tutorial, we'll take a look at parts of the 3D Studio Max version 4.26 environment and help you to get more familiar with the tool panels.
Graphics vs. Movie Clips: What's the Difference?
Flash symbol types can, at times, be a little confusing.
3D Animation
: The creation of moving pictures in a three-dimensional digital environment. This is done by sequencing
How To Create An Animation Resume
Never written a resume for an animation career? Here's a few tips to help you out today to land your next job.
What '2D' Means in Animation Terms
: The creation of moving pictures in a two-dimensional environment, such as through "traditional" cel
Keeping Up With the Studios
Computer animation can be be fun, but it can also be quite costly. But it's not always necessary to spend that kind of money; for the curious, the studious, or even the aspiring professional, there are much more cost-effecitve ways to get your feet wet. If you know where to look and how to shop, it's not that hard to compete with the big boys without spending the big bucks.
Toon Boom Animate
Toon Boom Animate is yet another installation in a growing line of award-winning animation packages.
Is Flash the Only 2D Animation Software?
While Adobe Flash gets a lot of coverage as a major 2D animation and rich content production package, is it the only 2D animation software package out there?
A Step-by-Step Guide to Detailed Animation in...
Creating a detailed, full-color character animation using traditional frame-by-frame methods is a long and at times difficult process, even in Flash. For this lesson we're going to take the first step and rough-sketch our basic motion for a simple action, using block shapes representing a character we wish to animate.
How to Choose an Animation Software Package
Considering how expensive animation software can be and the difficulty of returning software to many retailers, picking the wrong animation software for your needs can be a costly mistake. What questions should you ask yourself when selecting an animation software package?
Flash Animation 2: Shape Tweening
With this lesson, we'll pick up at the end of where we left off in Lesson 1, with a lesson on shape tweening in Flash MX. Shape tweening can take two different shapes at keyframes set any number of frames apart, and mathematically calculate the frames in between to produce a smooth animation depicting the transformation between one and the other. Page 2.
What Is Drawn-on-Film Animation?
Cels? Who needs cels? Drawn-on-film gets rid of the cels, the paint, and the cameras to take animation to a micro - and very hands-on - level.
Getting to Know Flash CS5: What Are ActionScrip...
One of the most important building blocks in ActionScript 3.0 is the variable.
A Beginner's Guide to Animation Character...
Before you start animating, it's a good idea to draw up a character sheet/character breakdown of the subject of your animation, both for reference and to familiarize you with drawing different views. Let's take a look at the basics for a character sheet.
A Realistic Look at Freelance Animation Work
While working for yourself can be extremely rewarding and quite convenient, you should always be aware of the added responsibility and obligation implied, and of any hardships that you might encounter and will need to plan for. The points that I'll cover here are things that I've learned from my own experiences as a freelance artist, animator, designer, and writer; I hope that they'll help you as well.
The Best Way to Polish Animation in After...
What is the easiest way to polish your animation in After Effects? Say hello the graph editor.
What is an Instance in Flash?
flash instances, symbols, copies, manipulating instances, changing instances, symbol timelines, flash movie clip, flash graphic, flash symbol, flash button, flash library
What's the difference between the Flash Player...
Use the Flash projector to make your files available to those without the Flash plugin.
How Do I Get Into Animation School?
Trying to figure out how to get into animation school? Just like any other college, there are a few requirements - and while some are the same, others are wildly different.
Flash Animation 11: ActionScripting to Link...
It's time to combine the buttons and scenes created in Lessons 9 and 10, using ActionScripting to tell Flash how to behave when our buttons are clicked.
Flash Tip: Animated GIF vs. SWF Publishing for...
While Flash SWFs are considered one of the more advanced methods for publishing animated and streaming content to the web, there are times when using an animated GIF for smaller, shorter animations would be more to your advantage.
So You Want to be a...
Anyone can seek out a career in computer animation, regardless of any measure of artistic talent; all that you need is to know what you want, and to be willing to put in the necessary effort to achieve it. This article gives a basic set of guidelines on where to start, and a little advice on how to pursue your chosen field.
How to Control Flash Movie Clips with...
It's time to take a bit of a leap in your Flash education by learning how to control movie clip timelines from within the main timeline. To do this we're going to use buttons to tell Flash when to play individual movie clip animations.
Creating Transparent Flash Movies with WMode...
Ever wondered how they make those Flash ads that can be dynamically positioned anywhere on the screen, but that have a transparent background? In just four steps, I'll show you how. Page 4.
Vector Animation
: "Vector animation" is a term used to refer to animation whose art or motion is controlled by vectors
What to Expect From Digicel Flipbook 6 (2D...
DigiCel Flipbook is an animation software package that creates an animation studio, complete with tools, on your desktop.
Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Keyframe and...
Rather than working with simple shapes and reusable objects, let's work with the techniques used in cinematic animation: hand-drawing each frame using keyframing and in-betweening techniques to describe progressive motion.
Flash Tip: Grouping and Ungrouping Objects
Flash lets you group and ungroup objects so that you can move or transform them as a single unit before ungrouping them to work on them individually.
ActionScripting Basics: What’s the...
Read a quick tip on the differences between = and == operators in Flash ActionScripting. Page 3.
Why Computer Animators Should Learn a...
For those with a more artistic and less technical bent, learning computer animation can seem a daunting task involving complex programming and impossible technical requirements. But is it really necessary to learn computer programming to learn computer animation?
Flash Tip: Reducing Flash Movie Filesize
Flash movies are improving in quality, but with greater quality comes larger file sizes.
Flash Tip: Program Tools: Brush Tool
Using the Brush tool, you can paint in freeform in Flash, fine-tuning the way your fills are applied using various options. Page 2.
Understanding the Main Tools in 3D Studio Max...
The third part of our first lesson in 3D Studio Max's tools covers the panel of primary tools taking up the right-hand side of the interface. These are the main tools that you will use to create, modify, and control your objects.
Flash Tip: Turn off Snapping
Snapping in vector drawings has its uses, but when it's just making life harder for you, it's time to turn it off.
Making an Animated ScreenSaver Using Visual Basic
This is just a quick dip at the trot, a basic checklist of things to do for those comfortable with Visual Basic; this isn't intended to be a full step-by-step, but more a basic overview as to the steps inherent in creating an easy 2D animated screen saver using the language.
Storyboarding Tips to Plan for Your Animation
Using a storyboard will help you organize your animation, and match you mental visualizations of scenes with the written script. If you use a storyboard you'll find that you'll be able to plan your animations more cohesively with clear marker points to show progress, and you'll save yourself a lot of time and trouble when struggling to make the entire thing come together from beginning to end.
What is 2.5D Animation?
2.5D animation? Is that a half-finished 3D animation? Not quite. 2.5D animation is a way to make 2D jump off the page into 3D space.
Flash Animation 12: Exporting Your Animation as...
This lesson touches upon a small but essential piece of knowledge for working in Flash: exporting as a movie instead of a Flash SWF file. Page 2.
Flash Tip: Sending Mail Attachments from Within...
Send your Flash documents quickly and easily right from inside the Flash program, without having to go through the extra steps required to create a new e-mail and add attachments.
The Easiest Way to Make Kinetic Typography
How do text animators work in After Effects to easily let you create kinetic typography?
Cylekx 2.9
Cylekx 2.9 is bland, unimpressive addition to the line-up of second-tier graphics and animation programs.
Custom Christmas Tree Ornaments that Move with...
After creating the base scene, including a tree, the next step is to draw the ornaments on-stage, and
How to Reverse Timeline Frames in Flash
It's possible to switch the order of Flash timeline frames without manually moving them
Decorate Your Flash Christmas Tree
Try decorating your very own christmas tree.: christmas tree christmas
Animation Software Review: Bluff Titler...
As an animation program, Bluff Titler isn't much. It creates text on video. That text may be animated or may have animated effects applied to it. Either way it's messy, grainy, a little too hokey 80s for my tastes.
What is an Animated GIF?
We see animated GIFs all the time (no, really, even with Flash and PNGs, we do). But what are they, exactly?
Flash Tip: Swap Symbol
The Swap Symbol function is just like Flash's Swap Bitmap function, but instead lets you switch any symbol on your stage out with any symbol in your library.
How to Use the Trace Bitmap Function for Flash...
In case you missed when it was covered in Lesson 5, here's a quick tip on how to use the trace bitmap function in Flash to turn bitmap art into vector images.
Flash Tip: Making an Invisible "Hotspot" Button
Now, to make the button transparent, you're going to adjust the alpha. Select both the line and the fill,
Cyberdelia 3D Animation Software
It's hard to review a software package that you can't even run. While often program problems are a result of user errors, in this case I'd have to say to stay away.
Beneton Movie GIF
Beneton Movie GIF is a fairly useful GIF animation / editing / sequencing program that may not be particularly special, but at least it serves its intended purpose flawlessly.
Are Clothing And Hair On 3D Models Created...
3D animations often show amazingly detailed hair and clothing. But are they modeled individually? Do animators create each strand of hair, and design entire outfits that can be added to characters like paper dolls?
7 Life Lessons I've Learned from Animation
Animation isn't just a career; many things learned throughout your career as an animator can provide valuable life lessons, as well.
Animation Software Review: YouTube's Stupeflix...
While I wouldn't really call Stupeflix animation software, it does at least produce animated content in a limited form: usually composites animated as slideshows, lists, and presentations.
What is a Breakdown?
Having a nervous breakdown over your breakdowns? Don't; they're just simple in-betweens that hold a pivotal position in your animation sequence.
Animation Software Review: Adobe Flash CS5
The latest version of Flash brings the shiny.
Creating Drop Shadow Text in Flash CS3
One great thing about the newest versions of Flash is that many effects that previously had to be constructed manually are now automatic features - including text drop shadows.
What is Limited Animation?
Limited animation isn't quite what it sounds like. It doesn't suffer from limitations or deficiencies, but instead refers to techniques used to limit the amount of work involved in producing a full-length animation.
Computer Animation
: The term "computer animation" covers a broad range of subjects, but overall can be defined as the creation
What is an Animation Timeline?
In animation, a timeline refers to the breakdown of frames sequenced over time.
Choosing Animation Materials
There are a lot of factors that go into choosing a material to animate it, let's see what's most important!
Flash Digital Clock
Create a digital clock--twenty-four-hour time or twelve-hour time--in Flash, using dynamic text properties and the hour, minute, and second parameters of the basic Date functions. Page 6.
Why the Apple iPad Isn't For Animators
If you were thinking of getting the iPad to replace your Cintiq or other touchscreen tablet device, don't.
Do I have to go to animation school to be an...
Animation school can be expensive. Is it necessary?
What Is A Wireframe?
: What Is A Wireframe? There are certain things essential to understanding any discussion on 3D animation:
Animating a Pan Effect in Flash
You can use motion tweens to create the illusion of a panning camera on your Flash stage.
Are You Protected by Copyright?
Are your animations protected by copyright? Do you know, or have you never thought about protecting your work? Take a look at this article to find out what rights are guaranteed to you by U.S. copyright law, how to obtain proof of those rights, and how to further protect them.
Toon Boom Studio 2.5
It's easy to see why Toon Boom Studio has been the choice of many major animation studios for their 2D animation and 2D special effects needs. With 3D scene planning, advanced drawing modes, automated lip sync mapping, dynamic cameras and effects, and integrated sound scrubbing, it's a complex and richly-featured tool ideal for serious animators; the software is a great advance in the animation field, while maintaining the familiar and comfortable feel of cel animation methods.
Quiz: What Type of Animation Do You Prefer?
Take this quiz to see what type of animated story suits you best.
What Is Sand Animation?
: What Is Sand Animation? Most people think of animation as either paint on cels, or pixels on a screen
Flash Tip: Program Tools: Common Libraries
The Common Libraries in Flash MX are good for quick references and easy pre-made objects and lessons.
Animated Graphics Definition: What are Animated...
: The term "animated graphics" can cover many things, from flash SWFs to animated GIFS to banner ads.
From 2D to 3D: Using Textures to Create Raised...
Three-dimensional models can possess amazing levels of detail; not only in sculpted shapes, but also in texture. In truth, what you're looking at isn't clever modeling, but an illusion of texturing.
The Verdict on AnimationDV Stop-Motion...
AnimatorDV is a stop-motion animation program that could convince even those who hate stop-motion to give it a try.
CGI
: Short for "Computer-Generated Imagery"; refers to any artwork or animation created with computers.
What Are Structural Lines and Center Lines?
It's almost impossible to draw a perfectly balanced character in symmetrical perspective without a few guidelines, let alone animate them accurately. The most basic of guidelines are called structural lines and center lines.
ActionScripting Basics: Mouse.hide ( ) and...
You can conceal and reveal the default mouse cursor on the Flash stage, with an easy single-line Actionscript. Page 2.
Flash Tip: Shape Hints
Shape Hints make it easier for Flash to interpret how it's supposed to morph one complex shape into another in a shape tween.
Flash Tip: Creating the Illusion of Perspective
Flash proves that you don't need a 3D program or even a complex 2D program to create easy two-dimensional shapes with the appearance of three-dimensional depth. Page 2.
Anime Studio Pro 5
While Anime Studio 5 definitely isn't a program that you can dive in and start using without at least a passing knowledge of the fundamentals of animation, it still provides a rich, full-featured animation experience that simplifies the process and allows you to produce high quality animations for less effort.
Inverse Kinematics
Inverse kinematics is a form of physics used in animation to determine the movements of jointed constructs.
Animation Software Review: CrazyTalk Animator
As an animation program, CrazyTalk Animator doesn't quite fit the mold of typical frame-based animation software -- but it does make it extremely easy and extremely entertaining to apply animation principles to photographs and illustrated content.
How Can 3D Animation Be Rendered As 2D Animation?
Numerous animated television shows and movies make use of 3D animation rendered to look 2D, inked lines and all. Some use wholly 3D-rendered animation; others combine it with hand-drawn 2D. But how is it done?
Cel
A cel is the transparent sheet of plastic upon which final animation artwork is transferred in order to be painted in and then laid over a background and filmed.
iClone
iClone reminds me a great deal of Bryce's Poser, but advanced to the next level. Even the newest beginning animator can dive right in and have fun tweaking the preset models to create and animate your own
Why do Animated GIFs Look So Grainy?
Animated GIFs are a good way to get soundless animated images on the web without needing any additional plugins or viewers...but why are they so grainy?
Creating Unreality from Reality
While there is, in fact, a great deal of work involved in realistic computer animation, there's less magic, mystery, and painstaking effort than you might think. Those unreal motions are, in fact, all too real, and are accomplished through the use of motion-capture technology. Many movies and video games make use of this technology to animate their digital models.
Anime Studio Debut
Anime Studio Debut is definitely a good (and cost-effective) way for animators to branch away from Flash and into programs targeted specifically for cartoon animation.
Flash Tip: Program Tools: Arrow Tool and...
The Arrow and Subselection tools let you select and manipulate your shapes in different ways.
Creating a Custom Mouse Cursor in Flash
Whether it bounces, jiggles, squiggles, wiggles, glitters, or just sits there looking pretty, you can turn it into your own custom Flash mouse cursor to replace the default. Page 3.
Submitting to the Animation Showcase
Looking for somewhere to display your animations? Why not submit to the animation showcase?
Preparing a Professional Demo Reel
For an animator, the demo reel is like that final exam in your senior year, complete with all of the extra work, stresses, and last-minute panics. And like the final exam, it can mean success or failure--not only in your education, but in your career. You've probably worked on a variety of projects during animation school, some fun, some not. But do you need to include every last one of those projects in your demo reel?
Animation Tip: Tools of the Trade: Light Tables
Whether you're drawing 2D animation for cel painting or doing the preliminary pencil work to be scanned in for a computer animation, a light table is one of the most important tools for frame-by-frame animation that you'll ever own.
Flash Tip: Breaking Apart Text
You can break apart blocks of text in Flash to edit them individually. Page 2.
Flash Tip: Motion Tweening Expanded: Motion...
The shortest distance between two points may be a straight line, but that doesn't mean you have to tween that way. Learn how to assign your Flash Motion Tweens to paths called Motion Guides, so that you can animate along complex paths with only two keyframes.
Dope Sheet
: "Dope sheet" is the informal/common term for the worksheet used by animation directors to plan the
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