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

2017-01-23T11:01:47Z

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



What Is A Wireframe?

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What Are Keyframes?

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Animation Tip: Tools of the Trade: Light Tables

2017-01-23T11:01:47Z

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.



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

2017-01-23T11:01:47Z

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 An Animation Resume

2017-01-23T11:01:47Z

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



Ulead GIF Animator 5

2017-01-23T11:01:47Z

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



Should You Use the Free Version of Google...

2017-01-23T11:01:47Z

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.



Everything You Need to Know about Walt Disney...

2017-01-23T11:01:47Z

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 to Create a New Scene in Flash (Lesson 10)

2017-01-23T11:01:47Z

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.



How To Create A 3D Bump Map in Photoshop

2017-01-23T11:01:47Z

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



What is 2.5D Animation?

2017-01-23T11:01:47Z

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.



The Pros and Cons of Flash and Animated GIFs

2017-01-23T11:01:47Z

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

2017-01-23T11:01:47Z

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 Add Onion-Skinning to Your Flash Animation

2017-01-23T11:01:47Z

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.



Free Animation Programs

2017-01-23T11:01:47Z

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.



How to Choose an Animation Software Package

2017-01-23T11:01:47Z

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?



Five Inexpensive Animation Solutions for the Mac

2017-01-23T11:01:47Z

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.






From Gouache to Gadgets: Shopping For the...

2017-01-23T11:01:47Z

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).



Breaking into Animation Without Breaking the Bank

2017-01-23T11:01:47Z

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.



10 Art Supplies no Traditional Animator Should...

2017-01-23T11:01:47Z

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.