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What Are Structural Lines and Center Lines?

2016-09-28T11:01:47Z

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.



Animation and Working Backwards

2016-09-28T11:01:47Z

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



What Is Cutout Animation?

2016-09-28T11:01:47Z

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.



Flash Tip: Motion Tweening Expanded: Rotation

2016-09-28T11:01:47Z

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10 Art Supplies no Traditional Animator Should...

2016-09-28T11:01:47Z

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.



Breaking into Animation Without Breaking the Bank

2016-09-28T11:01:47Z

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.



Top 5 Uses for Flash

2016-09-28T11:01:47Z

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?



Animation Tip: Tools of the Trade: Light Tables

2016-09-28T11:01:47Z

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.



You're Drawing Too Many Frames

2016-09-28T11:01:47Z

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



How to Add Onion-Skinning to Your Flash Animation

2016-09-28T11:01:47Z

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.



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

2016-09-28T11:01:47Z

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.



What is Vector Animation?

2016-09-28T11:01:47Z

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



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

2016-09-28T11:01:47Z

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.



So You Want to be a...

2016-09-28T11:01:47Z

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.



Free Animation Programs

2016-09-28T11:01:47Z

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.



What Is Drawn-on-Film Animation?

2016-09-28T11:01:47Z

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 Create An Animation Resume

2016-09-28T11:01:47Z

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



What is 2.5D Animation?

2016-09-28T11:01:47Z

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.