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Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:08:10 +0000

 



Free Animation Programs

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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...

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



Flash Plugin: Keyframe Caddy

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

Keyframe Caddy is a simple Flash plugin that'll make you work faster, smarter, better, stronger just like Daft Punk said you would!



Everything You Need to Know about Walt Disney...

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



Animation History: Snow White and the Seven...

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

Examine an abridged history and impact that Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs had on the world of animation.



10 Art Supplies no Traditional Animator Should...

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



What Are Frames Per Second?

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

What are frames per second? And why should I care?



How Japanese and American Animation Differ

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



Give Your 2D Animation Distinctive Style with...

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



Are Animation Frames Really Hand-Painted?

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



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

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



How are Traditional and Computer Animation...

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



The Pros and Cons of Flash and Animated GIFs

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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 to Create a Basic 8-Frame Animated Walk-Cycle

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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...

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



From Gouache to Gadgets: Shopping For the...

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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 Layer?

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



What is Limited Animation?

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



5 Things To Do Before You Ever Start Animating

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



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

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



How To Create A 3D Bump Map in Photoshop

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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?

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



Animation and Working Backwards

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

Using keyframe animation is great, but there's a trick to make it even better.



Flash Tips: How to Embed Your SWF into a Webpage

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



Read My Lips: How to Lip-Synch for Animation

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



What Is A Wireframe?

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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How to Choose an Animation Software Package

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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?



Looking Outside the World of Animation

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

The animation industry has a tendency to look at animation, but maybe we should be looking at film too.



What is a 3D Polygon?

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



Should You Use the Free Version of Google...

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



Are Clothing And Hair On 3D Models Created...

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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?



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

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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 2.5D Animation?

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



In Computer Animation, What is Rendering?

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



How to Use Adjustment Layers in After Effects

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

What's an Adjustment Layer in After Effects and how can it make your life easier?



Breaking into Animation Without Breaking the Bank

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



A Beginner's Guide to Computer Animation

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



Top 5 Uses for Flash

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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?



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

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



Here's What 'Key Frame' Means in Animation

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



Animation Tip: Tools of the Trade: Light Tables

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



Ulead GIF Animator 5

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



Five Inexpensive Animation Solutions for the Mac

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



Storytelling For Animation

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

Animating is about much more than just sequencing frames together to create motion. It's about telling a story - and it takes quite a bit of thought, imagination, and planning to make sure it's a good one.



Storyboarding Tips to Plan for Your Animation

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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 Drawn-on-Film Animation?

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



How to Use a Light Table for Animation

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

So you have a light table - but are you using it to its full potential to help you in your traditional animation work?



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

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



How to Add Onion-Skinning to Your Flash Animation

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



Flash Tip: Motion Tweening Expanded: Rotation

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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Bringing Flash and Illustrator into After Effects

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



What Is Sand Animation?

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

: What Is Sand Animation? Most people think of animation as either paint on cels, or pixels on a screen



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

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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 is the United States economic situation...

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



What Is Cutout Animation?

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



How to Add Simple Stops in Flash Action Script

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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...

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



How To Create An Animation Resume

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



What is an Instance in Flash?

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



Persistence of Vision and Animation

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



So You Want to be a...

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



The Verdict on 'Pivot Stickfigure Animator'...

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



Are Drawing Skills Necessary to be an Animator?

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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?



The Unexpected Average Salary of an Animator

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



Avoiding the Uncanny Valley: How to Keep Your...

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

A trek through the Uncanny Valley can be fatal for a 3d animation, where so much relies on creating empathy with your audience and naturally enabling them to suspend disbelief. So why, if we so often strive for photo-realism in 3d animation, is that realism sometimes a bad thing?



Flash Tip: Turn off Snapping

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



Breaking Down Disney's 12 Principles of Animation

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

What are the 12 principles of animation? Are they really all great? Of course not!



How to Make a GIF in Photoshop

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

You love GIFS! Now learn how to make them in Photoshop!



How to Use the Bone Tool in Adobe Flash

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

Adobe Flash has a great tool for puppet animation called the Bone Tool, check it out!



What is an Animation Timeline?

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



Animating a Zoom Effect in Flash

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



What Are Structural Lines and Center Lines?

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



Flash Tip: Exporting a Preview

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



Pricing Your Freelance

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

What is important when you think about pricing yourself for freelance animation?



OpenToonz Review

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



Glossary: 3D Animation

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



How to Make an Animation Flip Book

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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How to Create an Animated Fireworks Ecard...

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



How to Create an Animation-Ready Character

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



What is a Breakdown?

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



Vector vs. Pixel Based Animation

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

What is pixel based art and vector based art? Are there any benefits to either one? Also why did I choose two films by people named Alex as examples?



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

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



The Importance of Animation History

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

Why is animation history important?



How to Animate a Pan Effect in Flash

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

You can use motion tweens to create the illusion of a panning camera on your Flash stage.



How Is Animation Timed To Music?

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

Music is often the cornerstone of the emotion depicted in animations, and can sweep us into the mood of the story even if we aren't consciously aware that the music's even playing. The animation always seems precisely timed to the music, in complex ways that seem almost impossible. But how is that possible?



24fps VS 30fps: The Final Showdown

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



What Is Silhouette Animation?

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

Some things are fairly self-explanatory, and silhouette animation is one of them - though the classical definition of it may not be what you think.



A Beginner's Guide to Animation Character...

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



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

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



How Do I Get Into Animation School?

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



Adding Texture In After Effects

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



Submitting to the Animation Showcase

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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



Flash Tip: Grouping and Ungrouping Objects

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



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

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

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.



The All Important Style Test

2016-12-07T11:08:10Z

What's a style test and how can it help you in your animation projects? By saving you time and sanity!