Published: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:42:41 +0000
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZWant 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZThere are 8-frame walk cycles, 10-frame motion studies...but how many frames actually make up one second of animation?
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZOften people differentiate animation techniques as traditional or computer animation -- but aren't always clear as to what the distinction refers to.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZIf 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZDisney 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZLimited 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZBefore Flash CS4 there were motion tweens and shape tweens - but now CS4 and CS5 introduce classic tweens. What's the difference?
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZIn 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZI'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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZYou 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZYou'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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41Z3D bump maps are used to create raised texture surfaces on 3D models - but they actually start off as flat 2D images.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZVector animation is a term used to refer to animation whose art or motion is controlled by scalable vectors rather than pixels.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZThe 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Just what is computer
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZCAD 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?
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZCels? 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZThree-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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZIs hand-painting still the standard for 2D animation, or have digital methods overtaken the traditional days of acetate and acrylic?
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZAs 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZReady 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Question: What
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZIf 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZWhat is a keyframe and what is a keyframe artist? Let's find out!
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZAsking 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZIf 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZConsidering 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?
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZWhile 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZYou may often hear reference to video rendering, render times, render speeds, etc. in the field of computer animation. But what exactly is rendering?
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZLayers can be confusing for some people, especially when they're used to painting or drawing on a flat surface.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZHow do you animate in Cinema 4D? Easily, that's how!
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZWhile 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZYou're drawing too many frames! Save yourself a ton of work and understand why less is more.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZHow do you automatically animate a line connecting two moving objects in After Effects?
2017-02-23T11:42:41Z2.5D 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Definition: The
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZComputer 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZFrame-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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZEveryone is debating frames per second it seems, well it's time to put that debate to an end!
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZAre 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >In the first Flash
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZFlash 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?
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZOpenToonz is free, open-source animation program used by Studio Ghibli and Futurama. Is it any good?
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZNever written a resume for an animation career? Here's a few tips to help you out today to land your next job.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZAdobe Flash is leaving us, and Adobe Animate is taking its place. What are the differences that stand out?
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZFrustrated 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZLearn how to bring Flash and Illustrator vector art into After Effects and take advantage of continual rasterization.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZSnapping in vector drawings has its uses, but when it's just making life harder for you, it's time to turn it off.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZBefore 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZEveryone loves a nice glitch nowadays, so here's a tutorial on how to get that effect painlessly and quickly.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZIn animation, a timeline refers to the breakdown of frames sequenced over time.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZYou can import a series of numbered images to Flash and have the program automatically distribute them in sequential order across keyframes.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZUlead GIF Animator is a nicely packaged little program that would be extremely useful for the hobbyist or casual animator.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZHaving a nervous breakdown over your breakdowns? Don't; they're just simple in-betweens that hold a pivotal position in your animation sequence.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZAn animation key frame is a single still image in an animated sequence that occurs at an important point in that sequence.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZWhat is a style guide and how does it help bring people together to create one cohesive animation? Let's find out!
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZWhether 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZWith so many industries suffering in the current economic situation, how will animators fare?
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZHere we explore the concept of individual scenes in Flash, and how to create and manipulate them to make options to associate with our buttons.
2017-02-23T11:42:41Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Definition: The
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZWhat's the difference between Flash projector and Flash player? Let's find out on this magical journey.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZLearn the quickest and easiest way to add texture to your digital animation.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZIn 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZYou've heard of polygons in geometry, but what do they mean in 3d modeling and animation?
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZFlash symbol types can, at times, be a little confusing. Let's break down 2 of them here.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZLooking for somewhere to display your animations? Why not submit to the animation showcase?
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZFlash 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41Zflash instances, symbols, copies, manipulating instances, changing instances, symbol timelines, flash movie clip, flash graphic, flash symbol, flash button, flash library
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZRather 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZHow do text animators work in After Effects to easily let you create kinetic typography?
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZIt'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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZTrying 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZMaybe you've heard animators say the terms ones, twos, and threes, but what does that mean?
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZThe first time you pop OpenToonz up you're gonna have to tweak some stuff, let's walk through what we need to do.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZThe 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZWhat is persistence of vision and how does it make animation work?
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZWith a work-in-progress, it's always good to be able to stop and check how the overall project is coming along--especially in Flash.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZIf 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZWhat is pixilation and how is it different than stop motion?
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZEver 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Definition: "Tween"
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZIn 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZWhether 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZNot a week goes by when someone doesn't ask how much money an animator makes. What kind of salary should an animator expect?
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZWhile 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZFind links to the music and sound effects that you need for your animations - royalty-free and free for download.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZWhen referring to "Flash", sometimes it can be a little unclear what we're referring to, as often it
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZFlash is now Animate, and with it brings the ability to rotate your canvas! So how well does it work?
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZCreating 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZOpenToonz is a new, free release of the Toonz software, that was used by studio Ghibli and many others.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZOne 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Definition: "Persistence
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZThe 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.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZWhat is a pitch bible and how does it help shows get created?
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZInverse kinematics is a form of physics used in animation to determine the movements of jointed constructs.
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZIf 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).
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZWhat is a lyric video and what does it's new popularity mean for animators?
2017-02-23T11:42:41ZWhat exactly is a peg bar and do I have to have one if I want to do traditional hand drawn animation?
2017-02-23T11:42:41Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >So if you're interested