Animating with Flash 8: Creative Animation Techniques by Alex Michael

By Alex Michael

No matter if you're a dressmaker who hasn't but used Flash, a qualified animator who desires to create electronic animation for the 1st time, or a Flash consumer who hasn't but made the main of the animation positive factors this booklet will provide help to deliver your principles to existence. become familiar with Flash and convey proposal on your paintings utilizing Alex Michael's effortless to appreciate procedure, demonstrating a big variety of animation types from a number of artists, in addition to key suggestions and methods from the pros. * Create expert animations and notice the services of Flash with this finished advisor * remain forward - studying from a qualified developer's insurance of animation suggestions * benefit from unfastened documents at the accompanying CD-ROM permitting you to place into perform every thing learnt within the publication - a good quickly option to research!

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Double-click anywhere on your character’s leg to go back to the Legs symbol. Select the whole ‘‘Label’’ layer, then go to the Edit menu and choose ‘‘Copy Frames’’. Click on the top half of your walker’s body and add a new layer using the Insert menu. Name the layer ‘‘Labels’’, then add a keyframe on frame 1. Within this new keyframe, choose the ‘‘Paste Frames’’ function from the Edit menu so that the contact and passing references are duplicated and ready to be used on the arms. Go back to the ‘‘walk’’ symbol by clicking on the walk icon in the top left of your window.

Go to the Insert menu, choose ‘‘Frame’’ and add six more frames up to frame 13. Be sure that the additional frames are added across all four upper-body layers. On the ‘‘Front Arm’’ layer, select frames 1 to 6 with your command key down (or right-click in Windows) and copy all six frames. Then, select frames 8 through 13 and ‘‘paste-frame’’ in your selected frames. While the six frames are still selected, go to the Modify menu, select ‘‘Frame’’, then select ‘‘Reverse’’. Now the front arm should appear to go back and forth across 13 frames!

You can use this storyboard for testing the strategies and techniques of the production process and also as a tool to brief the programmers. 6. Having created my assets in library format it’s then easy and quick to place the character down in every frame and start building the storyline. Pathways can be tested through the material to investigate the look and feel, the consistency and ease of use of the program. Illustrating your Storyboard There are many approaches to drawing, but whether you use pen and paper or draw in FreeHand or directly in Flash 8 the most important thing you can do is to establish your personal style.

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