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What Is Drawn-on-Film Animation?

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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.



Ulead GIF Animator 5

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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



What is a Layer?

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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



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

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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



How to Use Adjustment Layers in After Effects

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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



Everything You Need to Know about Walt Disney...

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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.



Should You Use the Free Version of Google...

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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.



5 Things To Do Before You Ever Start Animating

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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.



How to Choose an Animation Software Package

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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?



Free Animation Programs

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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.



Animation Tip: Tools of the Trade: Light Tables

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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.



Top 5 Uses for Flash

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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 Limited Animation?

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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.



How to Use a Light Table for Animation

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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



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

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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.



What Is A Wireframe?

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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From Gouache to Gadgets: Shopping For the...

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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).



The Pros and Cons of Flash and Animated GIFs

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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.



How To Create A 3D Bump Map in Photoshop

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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



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

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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



Animation and Working Backwards

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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



Flash Tip: Animated GIF vs. SWF Publishing for...

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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.



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

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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?



How to Add Onion-Skinning to Your Flash Animation

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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.



Do You Know How Many Frames are in 1 Second of...

2016-12-07T11:01:18Z

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