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Published: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:10:38 +0000

 



Free Animation Programs

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



Do You Know How Many Frames are in 1 Second of...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

There are 8-frame walk cycles, 10-frame motion studies...but how many frames actually make up one second of animation?



Everything You Need to Know about Walt Disney...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



10 Art Supplies no Traditional Animator Should...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.






How Japanese and American Animation Differ

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.






Give Your 2D Animation Distinctive Style with...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



From Gouache to Gadgets: Shopping For the...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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).



Flash Tip: Animated GIF vs. SWF Publishing for...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



The Pros and Cons of Flash and Animated GIFs

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



How are Traditional and Computer Animation...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

In this FAQ response, the essential differences between traditional and computer methods of animation are explained.



How to Create a Basic 8-Frame Animated Walk-Cycle

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



From 2D to 3D: Using Textures to Create Raised...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



What Are Keyframes?

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z




How To Create A 3D Bump Map in Photoshop

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

3D bump maps are used to create raised texture surfaces on 3D models - but they actually start off as flat 2D images.



What is a Layer?

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

Layers can be confusing for some people, especially when they're used to painting or drawing on a flat surface.



5 Things To Do Before You Ever Start Animating

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



Are Animation Frames Really Hand-Painted?

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

Is hand-painting still the standard for 2D animation, or have digital methods overtaken the traditional days of acetate and acrylic?



How to Choose an Animation Software Package

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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?



After Effects Glitch Tutorial

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z




How to Use the Trace Bitmap Function for Flash...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



Should You Use the Free Version of Google...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



What is Limited Animation?

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



Read My Lips: How to Lip-Synch for Animation

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



Flash Tips: How to Embed Your SWF into a Webpage

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



A Simple Guide to Getting Started with Computer...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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How to Create a New Scene in Flash (Lesson 10)

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



What's the Difference Between AutoCAD and Other...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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?



What Is A Wireframe?

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z




Ulead GIF Animator 5

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

Ulead GIF Animator is a nicely packaged little program that would be extremely useful for the hobbyist or casual animator.






You're Drawing Too Many Frames

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

You're drawing too many frames! Save yourself a ton of work and understand why less is more.



What is 2.5D Animation?

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



What is Vector Animation?

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

Vector animation is a term used to refer to animation whose art or motion is controlled by scalable vectors rather than pixels.



Breaking into Animation Without Breaking the Bank

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



Top 5 Uses for Flash

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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?



Animation Tip: Tools of the Trade: Light Tables

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



Five Inexpensive Animation Solutions for the Mac

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



What's the Difference? Flash Graphics and Movie...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

Flash symbol types can, at times, be a little confusing. Let's break down 2 of them here.



Photography Lighting

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z




How To Create An Animation Resume

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

Never written a resume for an animation career? Here's a few tips to help you out today to land your next job.



Bringing Flash and Illustrator into After Effects

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

Learn how to bring Flash and Illustrator vector art into After Effects and take advantage of continual rasterization.



How to Add Onion-Skinning to Your Flash Animation

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.






In Computer Animation, What is Rendering?

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

You may often hear reference to video rendering, render times, render speeds, etc. in the field of computer animation. But what exactly is rendering?



What is a 3D Polygon?

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

You've heard of polygons in geometry, but what do they mean in 3d modeling and animation?



What Is Cutout Animation?

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z




Flash Tip: Exporting a Preview

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

With 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.



How to Import Multiple Images Simultaneously in...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

You can import a series of numbered images to Flash and have the program automatically distribute them in sequential order across keyframes.



How is the United States economic situation...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

With so many industries suffering in the current economic situation, how will animators fare?



What Is Drawn-on-Film Animation?

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



What's the Difference? Flash Player and Flash...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

What's the difference between Flash projector and Flash player? Let's find out on this magical journey.



What is an Animation Style Guide?

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z




Here's What 'Key Frame' Means in Animation

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

An animation key frame is a single still image in an animated sequence that occurs at an important point in that sequence.



How to Add Simple Stops in Flash Action Script

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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 Make an Animation Flip Book

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.






Flash Tip: Motion Tweening Expanded: Rotation

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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Everything You Need to Know to Make Your First...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



24fps VS 30fps: The Final Showdown

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

Everyone is debating frames per second it seems, well it's time to put that debate to an end!



What is a Breakdown?

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

Having a nervous breakdown over your breakdowns? Don't; they're just simple in-betweens that hold a pivotal position in your animation sequence.



The Unexpected Average Salary of an Animator

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

Not a week goes by when someone doesn't ask how much money an animator makes. What kind of salary should an animator expect?



OpenToonz Review

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

OpenToonz is free, open-source animation program used by Studio Ghibli and Futurama. Is it any good?



Tween

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Definition: "Tween"



Royalty-Free Music and Sound Effects Resources...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

Find links to the music and sound effects that you need for your animations - royalty-free and free for download.



Flash Tip: Tools of the Trade: Drawing in Flash...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



Adding Texture In After Effects

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

Learn the quickest and easiest way to add texture to your digital animation.



What is an Instance in Flash?

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

flash instances, symbols, copies, manipulating instances, changing instances, symbol timelines, flash movie clip, flash graphic, flash symbol, flash button, flash library



Getting Started in OpenToonz

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z







How Do I Get Into Animation School?

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.






Animating a Zoom Effect in Flash

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

You can simulate a camera zoom effect in Flash using tweens.



Flash Tip: Grouping and Ungrouping Objects

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



What Are Structural Lines and Center Lines?

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.






Wacom Tablets: Worth It?

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

Are Wacom tablets worth their steep price?



Persistence of Vision and Animation

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

What is persistence of vision and how does it make animation work?



Combining Photoshop and After Effects

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

Combine Photoshop and After Effects to easily update your animation and backgrounds.



The Benefit of Vector Animation Over Raster...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

Vector animation is generally considered more advanced than raster animation. Why?



Animating for Video Games and Movies: What's...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



Glossary: 3D Animation

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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What Is A Lyric Video?

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

What is a lyric video and what does it's new popularity mean for animators?



How to Link Layers in GIMP

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z




Understanding the Main Tools in 3D Studio Max...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.






Person vs. Studio: Why It's Better To Be Yourself

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

Is it better to label your independent work as a studio or individual?



How to Create an Animation-Ready Character

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



Adobe Creative Cloud November Update

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

Adobe Creative Cloud has released another update to their programs, so let's dive in and take a look at what's changed.



Submitting to the Animation Showcase

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

Looking for somewhere to display your animations? Why not submit to the animation showcase?






Glossary: Persistence of Vision

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Definition: "Persistence



Flash Tip: Turn off Snapping

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

Snapping in vector drawings has its uses, but when it's just making life harder for you, it's time to turn it off.



How to Negotiate Freelance Budgets

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

Nobody likes talking about money, so here are some tips and tricks for the best ways to negotiate your budgets for freelance work.



What is An Animation Pitch Bible?

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

What is a pitch bible and how does it help shows get created?



A Beginner's Guide to 3D Studio Max: Using the...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: In-Between Basics

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

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.



Getting to Know Flash CS5: What are ActionScrip...

2017-01-20T11:10:38Z

The term object can refer to just about anything in Flash - but primarily, it refers to something with a name.