Published: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:09:46 +0000
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZWant 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZThere are 8-frame walk cycles, 10-frame motion studies...but how many frames actually make up one second of animation?
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZIf 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZWhat are frames per second? And why should I care?
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZThe 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZI'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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZYou'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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZKeyframe Caddy is a simple Flash plugin that'll make you work faster, smarter, better, stronger just like Daft Punk said you would!
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZDisney 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZIn this FAQ response, the essential differences between traditional and computer methods of animation are explained.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZIs hand-painting still the standard for 2D animation, or have digital methods overtaken the traditional days of acetate and acrylic?
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZWhile 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZIf 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZThree-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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZBefore Flash CS4 there were motion tweens and shape tweens - but now CS4 and CS5 introduce classic tweens. What's the difference?
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZExamine an abridged history and impact that Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs had on the world of animation.
2016-09-27T11:09:46Z3D bump maps are used to create raised texture surfaces on 3D models - but they actually start off as flat 2D images.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZIn 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZConsidering 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?
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZAs 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZAsking 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46Z2.5D 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZCAD 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?
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZReady 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZLayers can be confusing for some people, especially when they're used to painting or drawing on a flat surface.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZUsing keyframe animation is great, but there's a trick to make it even better.
2016-09-27T11:09:46Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Just what is computer
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZWhile 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZFrustrated 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZThe 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZIf 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZVector animation is a term used to refer to animation whose art or motion is controlled by scalable vectors rather than pixels.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZLimited 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZYou 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZNever written a resume for an animation career? Here's a few tips to help you out today to land your next job.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZAnyone 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZFlash 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?
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZCels? 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZIt'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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZFrame-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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZYou're drawing too many frames! Save yourself a ton of work and understand why less is more.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZYou may often hear reference to video rendering, render times, render speeds, etc. in the field of computer animation. But what exactly is rendering?
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZWhether 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZHere we explore the concept of individual scenes in Flash, and how to create and manipulate them to make options to associate with our buttons.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZComputer 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZWith 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >In the first Flash
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZSo 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?
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZLearn how to bring Flash and Illustrator vector art into After Effects and take advantage of continual rasterization.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZUlead GIF Animator is a nicely packaged little program that would be extremely useful for the hobbyist or casual animator.
2016-09-27T11:09:46Z3D 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?
2016-09-27T11:09:46Z: What Is Sand Animation? Most people think of animation as either paint on cels, or pixels on a screen
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZHaving a nervous breakdown over your breakdowns? Don't; they're just simple in-betweens that hold a pivotal position in your animation sequence.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZUsing 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZYou've heard of polygons in geometry, but what do they mean in 3d modeling and animation?
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZOpenToonz is free, open-source animation program used by Studio Ghibli and Futurama. Is it any good?
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZAnimating 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZYou can import a series of numbered images to Flash and have the program automatically distribute them in sequential order across keyframes.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZNot a week goes by when someone doesn't ask how much money an animator makes. What kind of salary should an animator expect?
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZWhat's an Adjustment Layer in After Effects and how can it make your life easier?
2016-09-27T11:09:46Z: "Persistence of Vision" refers to the phenomenon where the retina retains an image for a brief split-second
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZFlash symbol types can, at times, be a little confusing. Let's break down 2 of them here.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZWhat is important when you think about pricing yourself for freelance animation?
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZIn 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZAn animation key frame is a single still image in an animated sequence that occurs at an important point in that sequence.
2016-09-27T11:09:46Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Question: What
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZThe animation industry has a tendency to look at animation, but maybe we should be looking at film too.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZEver 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZSo you have a light table - but are you using it to its full potential to help you in your traditional animation work?
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZBefore 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZWhat's the difference between Flash projector and Flash player? Let's find out on this magical journey.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZSome things are fairly self-explanatory, and silhouette animation is one of them - though the classical definition of it may not be what you think.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZAdobe Flash has a great tool for puppet animation called the Bone Tool, check it out!
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZTrying 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZLearn the quickest and easiest way to add texture to your digital animation.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZThe 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZWhat is persistence of vision and how does it make animation work?
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZSnapping in vector drawings has its uses, but when it's just making life harder for you, it's time to turn it off.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZWhether 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZHow can blending modes help you combine hand drawn animation? Easily that's how!
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZIn 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZCreating 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZEveryone is debating frames per second it seems, well it's time to put that debate to an end!
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZA 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?
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZHow do text animators work in After Effects to easily let you create kinetic typography?
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZCreating 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46Z: The creation of moving pictures in a two-dimensional environment, such as through "traditional" cel
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZWhat 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?
2016-09-27T11:09:46Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Definition: The
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZWe see animated GIFs all the time (no, really, even with Flash and PNGs, we do). But what are they, exactly?
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZYou can simulate a camera zoom effect in Flash using tweens.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZYou love GIFS! Now learn how to make them in Photoshop!
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZWhat are the 12 principles of animation? Are they really all great? Of course not!
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZWhile 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZIn animation, a timeline refers to the breakdown of frames sequenced over time.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZWhat is pixilation and how is it different than stop motion?
2016-09-27T11:09:46Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Definition: "Tween"
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZFlash 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.
2016-09-27T11:09:46ZDigiCel Flipbook is an animation software package that creates an animation studio, complete with tools, on your desktop.