Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:08:10 +0000
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZWant 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZThere are 8-frame walk cycles, 10-frame motion studies...but how many frames actually make up one second of animation?
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZKeyframe Caddy is a simple Flash plugin that'll make you work faster, smarter, better, stronger just like Daft Punk said you would!
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZDisney 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZExamine an abridged history and impact that Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs had on the world of animation.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZIf 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZWhat are frames per second? And why should I care?
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZI'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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZBefore Flash CS4 there were motion tweens and shape tweens - but now CS4 and CS5 introduce classic tweens. What's the difference?
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZYou'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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZIs hand-painting still the standard for 2D animation, or have digital methods overtaken the traditional days of acetate and acrylic?
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZWhile 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZIn this FAQ response, the essential differences between traditional and computer methods of animation are explained.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZAsking 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZThe 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Just what is computer
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZIn 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZIf 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).
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZLayers can be confusing for some people, especially when they're used to painting or drawing on a flat surface.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZLimited 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZReady 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZThree-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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10Z3D bump maps are used to create raised texture surfaces on 3D models - but they actually start off as flat 2D images.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZVector animation is a term used to refer to animation whose art or motion is controlled by scalable vectors rather than pixels.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZUsing keyframe animation is great, but there's a trick to make it even better.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZIf 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZIf 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Question: What
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZConsidering 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?
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZThe animation industry has a tendency to look at animation, but maybe we should be looking at film too.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZYou've heard of polygons in geometry, but what do they mean in 3d modeling and animation?
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZAs 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10Z3D 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?
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZCAD 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?
2016-12-07T11:08:10Z2.5D 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZYou may often hear reference to video rendering, render times, render speeds, etc. in the field of computer animation. But what exactly is rendering?
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZWhat's an Adjustment Layer in After Effects and how can it make your life easier?
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZComputer 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZWhile 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZYou're drawing too many frames! Save yourself a ton of work and understand why less is more.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZFlash 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?
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZHere we explore the concept of individual scenes in Flash, and how to create and manipulate them to make options to associate with our buttons.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZAn animation key frame is a single still image in an animated sequence that occurs at an important point in that sequence.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZWhether 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZUlead GIF Animator is a nicely packaged little program that would be extremely useful for the hobbyist or casual animator.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZFrustrated 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZAnimating 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZUsing 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZCels? 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZSo you have a light table - but are you using it to its full potential to help you in your traditional animation work?
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZFlash symbol types can, at times, be a little confusing. Let's break down 2 of them here.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZFrame-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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >In the first Flash
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZLearn how to bring Flash and Illustrator vector art into After Effects and take advantage of continual rasterization.
2016-12-07T11:08:10Z: What Is Sand Animation? Most people think of animation as either paint on cels, or pixels on a screen
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZIn 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZWith so many industries suffering in the current economic situation, how will animators fare?
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZYou 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZThe 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZYou can import a series of numbered images to Flash and have the program automatically distribute them in sequential order across keyframes.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZNever written a resume for an animation career? Here's a few tips to help you out today to land your next job.
2016-12-07T11:08:10Zflash instances, symbols, copies, manipulating instances, changing instances, symbol timelines, flash movie clip, flash graphic, flash symbol, flash button, flash library
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZWhat is persistence of vision and how does it make animation work?
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZAnyone 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZCreating 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZSo 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?
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZNot a week goes by when someone doesn't ask how much money an animator makes. What kind of salary should an animator expect?
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZA 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?
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZSnapping in vector drawings has its uses, but when it's just making life harder for you, it's time to turn it off.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZWhat are the 12 principles of animation? Are they really all great? Of course not!
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZYou love GIFS! Now learn how to make them in Photoshop!
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZAdobe Flash has a great tool for puppet animation called the Bone Tool, check it out!
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZIn animation, a timeline refers to the breakdown of frames sequenced over time.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZYou can simulate a camera zoom effect in Flash using tweens.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZIt'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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZWith 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZWhat is important when you think about pricing yourself for freelance animation?
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZOpenToonz is free, open-source animation program used by Studio Ghibli and Futurama. Is it any good?
2016-12-07T11:08:10Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Definition: The
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZWhat's the difference between Flash projector and Flash player? Let's find out on this magical journey.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZEver 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Definition: "Tween"
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZSince 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZWhether 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZHaving a nervous breakdown over your breakdowns? Don't; they're just simple in-betweens that hold a pivotal position in your animation sequence.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZWhat 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?
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZThe term object can refer to just about anything in Flash - but primarily, it refers to something with a name.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZWhy is animation history important?
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZYou can use motion tweens to create the illusion of a panning camera on your Flash stage.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZMusic 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?
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZEveryone is debating frames per second it seems, well it's time to put that debate to an end!
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZSome things are fairly self-explanatory, and silhouette animation is one of them - though the classical definition of it may not be what you think.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZBefore 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZRather 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZTrying 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZLearn the quickest and easiest way to add texture to your digital animation.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZLooking for somewhere to display your animations? Why not submit to the animation showcase?
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZFlash 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZIf 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.
2016-12-07T11:08:10ZWhat's a style test and how can it help you in your animation projects? By saving you time and sanity!