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Published: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:42:41 +0000

 



Free Animation Programs

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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...

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



How are Traditional and Computer Animation...

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

Often people differentiate animation techniques as traditional or computer animation -- but aren't always clear as to what the distinction refers to.



10 Art Supplies no Traditional Animator Should...

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



Everything You Need to Know about Walt Disney...

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



What is Limited Animation?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



What's The Difference Between Shape, Motion,...

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

Before Flash CS4 there were motion tweens and shape tweens - but now CS4 and CS5 introduce classic tweens. What's the difference?



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

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



How Japanese and American Animation Differ

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



What Is Cutout Animation?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



Give Your 2D Animation Distinctive Style with...

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



How To Create A 3D Bump Map in Photoshop

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



What is Vector Animation?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



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

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



A Simple Guide to Getting Started with Computer...

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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 Drawn-on-Film Animation?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



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

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



Are Animation Frames Really Hand-Painted?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



Should You Use the Free Version of Google...

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



5 Things To Do Before You Ever Start Animating

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



What Is A Wireframe?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



Flash Tips: How to Embed Your SWF into a Webpage

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



What Are Keyframes?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

What is a keyframe and what is a keyframe artist? Let's find out!



The Pros and Cons of Flash and Animated GIFs

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



Read My Lips: How to Lip-Synch for Animation

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



How to Choose an Animation Software Package

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



In Computer Animation, What is Rendering?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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 Layer?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



Introduction to Animation in Cinema 4D

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

How do you animate in Cinema 4D? Easily, that's how!



A Beginner's Guide to Computer Animation

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



You're Drawing Too Many Frames

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



How to Automatically Animate a Connecting Line...

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

How do you automatically animate a line connecting two moving objects in After Effects?



What is 2.5D Animation?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



Glossary: 3D Animation

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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Breaking into Animation Without Breaking the Bank

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



How to Add Onion-Skinning to Your Flash Animation

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



24fps VS 30fps: The Final Showdown

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



Are You Protected by Copyright?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



Flash Tip: Motion Tweening Expanded: Rotation

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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Top 5 Uses for Flash

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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?



OpenToonz Review

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



How To Create An Animation Resume

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



Adobe Flash is Evolving into Adobe Animate

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

Adobe Flash is leaving us, and Adobe Animate is taking its place. What are the differences that stand out?



Five Inexpensive Animation Solutions for the Mac

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



Bringing Flash and Illustrator into After Effects

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



Flash Tip: Turn off Snapping

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



A Beginner's Guide to Animation Character...

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



After Effects Glitch Tutorial

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

Everyone loves a nice glitch nowadays, so here's a tutorial on how to get that effect painlessly and quickly.



What is an Animation Timeline?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

In animation, a timeline refers to the breakdown of frames sequenced over time.



How to Import Multiple Images Simultaneously in...

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



Ulead GIF Animator 5

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



What is a Breakdown?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



Here's What 'Key Frame' Means in Animation

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



What is an Animation Style Guide?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

What is a style guide and how does it help bring people together to create one cohesive animation? Let's find out!



Animation Tip: Tools of the Trade: Light Tables

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



How is the United States economic situation...

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



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

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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 '2D' Means in Animation Terms

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



Adding Texture In After Effects

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



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

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



What is a 3D Polygon?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



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

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



Submitting to the Animation Showcase

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



Flash Tip: Grouping and Ungrouping Objects

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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 is an Instance in Flash?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



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

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



The Easiest Way to Make Kinetic Typography

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

How do text animators work in After Effects to easily let you create kinetic typography?



What Are Structural Lines and Center Lines?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



How Do I Get Into Animation School?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



What are Ones, Twos, and Threes in Animation?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

Maybe you've heard animators say the terms ones, twos, and threes, but what does that mean?



Getting Started in OpenToonz

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

The first time you pop OpenToonz up you're gonna have to tweak some stuff, let's walk through what we need to do.



How to Add Simple Stops in Flash Action Script

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



Persistence of Vision and Animation

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



Flash Tip: Exporting a Preview

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



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

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



What is Pixilation?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

What is pixilation and how is it different than stop motion?



How to Make an Animation Flip Book

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



Tween

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



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

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



How to Create an Animation-Ready Character

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



The Unexpected Average Salary of an Animator

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



Freelance Animation Work Contracts, Copyrights...

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.






Royalty-Free Music and Sound Effects Resources...

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



Flash Tip: Flash vs. Flash Player - What's the...

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

When referring to "Flash", sometimes it can be a little unclear what we're referring to, as often it



Adobe Animate Review: Better Canvas

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

Flash is now Animate, and with it brings the ability to rotate your canvas! So how well does it work?



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

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



OpenToonz: A New Free Animation Software Used...

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

OpenToonz is a new, free release of the Toonz software, that was used by studio Ghibli and many others.



Creating Drop Shadow Text in Flash CS3

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



Glossary: Persistence of Vision

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



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

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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.



What is An Animation Pitch Bible?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



Inverse Kinematics

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

Inverse kinematics is a form of physics used in animation to determine the movements of jointed constructs.



From Gouache to Gadgets: Shopping For the...

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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).



What Is A Lyric Video?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

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



What is a Peg Bar?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

What exactly is a peg bar and do I have to have one if I want to do traditional hand drawn animation?



What Are Storyboards?

2017-02-23T11:42:41Z

class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >So if you're interested