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Published: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:09:46 +0000

 



Free Animation Programs

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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...

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



10 Art Supplies no Traditional Animator Should...

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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?

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



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

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



How Japanese and American Animation Differ

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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...

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



Flash Plugin: Keyframe Caddy

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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...

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



How are Traditional and Computer Animation...

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



Are Animation Frames Really Hand-Painted?

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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...

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



Flash Tips: How to Embed Your SWF into a Webpage

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



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

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



Animation History: Snow White and the Seven...

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



How To Create A 3D Bump Map in Photoshop

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



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

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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 to Choose an Animation Software Package

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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?



Should You Use the Free Version of Google...

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



The Pros and Cons of Flash and Animated GIFs

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



What is 2.5D Animation?

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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's the Difference Between AutoCAD and Other...

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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?



5 Things To Do Before You Ever Start Animating

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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 Layer?

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



Animation and Working Backwards

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



A Simple Guide to Getting Started with Computer...

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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A Beginner's Guide to Computer Animation

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



Five Inexpensive Animation Solutions for the Mac

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



How to Add Simple Stops in Flash Action Script

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



Read My Lips: How to Lip-Synch for Animation

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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 Vector Animation?

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



What is Limited Animation?

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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 Is Cutout Animation?

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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 Create An Animation Resume

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



So You Want to be a...

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



Top 5 Uses for Flash

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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?



What Is Drawn-on-Film Animation?

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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 Are Structural Lines and Center Lines?

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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 to Add Onion-Skinning to Your Flash Animation

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



You're Drawing Too Many Frames

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



In Computer Animation, What is Rendering?

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



Animation Tip: Tools of the Trade: Light Tables

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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 to Create a New Scene in Flash (Lesson 10)

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



Breaking into Animation Without Breaking the Bank

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



Flash Tip: Exporting a Preview

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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: Motion Tweening Expanded: Rotation

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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Are Drawing Skills Necessary to be an Animator?

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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?



Bringing Flash and Illustrator into After Effects

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



Ulead GIF Animator 5

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



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

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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 Is Sand Animation?

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



What is a Breakdown?

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



Storyboarding Tips to Plan for Your Animation

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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 a 3D Polygon?

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



OpenToonz Review

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



Storytelling For Animation

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



How to Import Multiple Images Simultaneously in...

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



The Unexpected Average Salary of an Animator

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



How to Use Adjustment Layers in After Effects

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



Persistence of Vision

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

: "Persistence of Vision" refers to the phenomenon where the retina retains an image for a brief split-second



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

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



Pricing Your Freelance

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



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

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



Here's What 'Key Frame' Means in Animation

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



What Is A Wireframe?

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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Looking Outside the World of Animation

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



How to Make an Animation Flip Book

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



How to Use a Light Table for Animation

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



A Beginner's Guide to Animation Character...

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



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

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



What Is Silhouette Animation?

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



How to Use the Bone Tool in Adobe Flash

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



How Do I Get Into Animation School?

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



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

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



Persistence of Vision and Animation

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



Flash Tip: Turn off Snapping

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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 Create an Animation-Ready Character

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



Combining Hand Drawn Animation

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

How can blending modes help you combine hand drawn animation? Easily that's how!



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

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



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

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



24fps VS 30fps: The Final Showdown

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



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

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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?



The Easiest Way to Make Kinetic Typography

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



The Verdict on 'Pivot Stickfigure Animator'...

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



What '2D' Means in Animation Terms

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

: The creation of moving pictures in a two-dimensional environment, such as through "traditional" cel



Vector vs. Pixel Based Animation

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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?






What are Animated Graphics?

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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What is an Animated GIF?

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

We see animated GIFs all the time (no, really, even with Flash and PNGs, we do). But what are they, exactly?



Animating a Zoom Effect in Flash

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



How to Make a GIF in Photoshop

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



Breaking Down Disney's 12 Principles of Animation

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



Freelance Animation Work Contracts, Copyrights...

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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.



What is an Animation Timeline?

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



What is Pixilation?

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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



Tween

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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Flash Tip: Grouping and Ungrouping Objects

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

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 to Expect From Digicel Flipbook 6 (2D...

2016-09-27T11:09:46Z

DigiCel Flipbook is an animation software package that creates an animation studio, complete with tools, on your desktop.