Animation Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

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

Glossary: Dope Sheet


Is Flash the Only 2D Animation Software?
While Adobe Flash gets a lot of coverage as a major 2D animation and rich content production package, is it the only 2D animation software package out there?

After Effects Computer Animation
Articles and tutorials pertaining to animation using the computer program After Effects

What is Parenting in After Effects?
What is parenting in After Effects and how can it make your life easier?

How to Make An Animatable Puppet in After Effects
How do you use After Effects to simulate cut out puppet animation?

FAQs and Glossary Terms for Computer Animation
Check here for answers to the most commonly asked questions, as well as definitions of standard terminology and tools.

What Is A Lyric Video?
What is a lyric video and what does it's new popularity mean for animators?

Spotlighting the best in the world of animation.
Spotlighting the best in the world of animation.

Movie Reviews
Reviewing animated feature films.

Seriously?
Spotlighting the weirdest in the world of animation.

Project Breakdown
Breaking down a behind the scenes look at projects I've completed in my animation career.

Kubo and the Two Strings Review
Kubo and the Two Strings is Laika's newest feature film, so how is it?

Animation Techniques and Software Review
Learn more about animation from new techniques, what's popular now and which software is right for your project.

What's the Difference? Flash Graphics and Movie Clips?
Flash symbol types can, at times, be a little confusing. Let's break down 2 of them here.

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

Layer Definition: What is a Layer?
Layers can be confusing for some people, especially when they're used to painting or drawing on a flat surface.

Free Computer Animation Programs
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 Kinetic Typography?
What is kinetic typography and how is it used?

Comcast Has Purchased Dreamworks Animation for 3.2 Billion Dollars
Comcast has purchased Dreamworks Animation for the astounding price of 3.2 billion dollars!

Other Topics Related to Computer Animation
If you enjoyed this About.com Guide Site on the topic of Computer Animation, you may want to take a look at these Guide Sites on related subjects.

Animation Tips & Tools
It doesn't matter if you're a traditional animator or a digital animator; over the course of your animation career, you'll accumulate a wealth of tips and tricks to help you save time, save money, and safely cut corners to produce the best product most efficiently. You'll also build up a storehouse of education and career know-how, until you're a veteran in the animation industry. Try these tips on for size - or write in and contribute a few of your own.

Flash Tip: Swap Symbol
The Swap Symbol function is just like Flash's Swap Bitmap function, but instead lets you switch any symbol on your stage out with any symbol in your library.

Flash Tip: Swap Symbol
The Swap Symbol function is just like Flash's Swap Bitmap function, but instead lets you switch any symbol on your stage out with any symbol in your library.

Flash Tip: Color Options for Symbols
Working with symbols in Flash also gives you the option to make adjustments to the various color settings of those symbols, on a scale that affects all parts of the selected instance of a symbol without having to permanently edit the original symbol itself.

Flash Tip: Color Options for Symbols
Working with symbols in Flash also gives you the option to make adjustments to the various color settings of those symbols, on a scale that affects all parts of the selected instance of a symbol without having to permanently edit the original symbol itself.

Flash Tip: Color Options for Symbols
Working with symbols in Flash also gives you the option to make adjustments to the various color settings of those symbols, on a scale that affects all parts of the selected instance of a symbol without having to permanently edit the original symbol itself.

Flash Tip: Color Options for Symbols
Working with symbols in Flash also gives you the option to make adjustments to the various color settings of those symbols, on a scale that affects all parts of the selected instance of a symbol without having to permanently edit the original symbol itself.

Flash Tip: Color Options for Symbols
Working with symbols in Flash also gives you the option to make adjustments to the various color settings of those symbols, on a scale that affects all parts of the selected instance of a symbol without having to permanently edit the original symbol itself.

Alpha Option for Symbols in Flash
Working with symbols in Flash also gives you the option to make adjustments to the various color settings of those symbols, on a scale that affects all parts of the selected instance of a symbol without having to permanently edit the original symbol itself.

Flash Tip: Color Options for Symbols
Working with symbols in Flash also gives you the option to make adjustments to the various color settings of those symbols, on a scale that affects all parts of the selected instance of a symbol without having to permanently edit the original symbol itself.

Flash Tip: Color Options for Symbols
Working with symbols in Flash also gives you the option to make adjustments to the various color settings of those symbols, on a scale that affects all parts of the selected instance of a symbol without having to permanently edit the original symbol itself.

Adjusting Tint in Flash
Working with symbols in Flash also gives you the option to make adjustments to the various color settings of those symbols, on a scale that affects all parts of the selected instance of a symbol without having to permanently edit the original symbol itself.

Flash Tip: Grouping and Ungrouping Objects
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.

Flash Tip: Grouping and Ungrouping Objects
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.

Flash Tip: Grouping and Ungrouping Objects
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.

Flash Tip: Grouping and Ungrouping Objects
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 5 Uses for Flash
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?

Top 5 Uses for Flash
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?

Top 5 Uses for Flash
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?

Top 5 Uses for Flash
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?

Top 5 Uses for Flash
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?

Easy Flash CrossFade Effect
Fade between one image and another using layers, alpha controls, and tweens.

Easy Flash CrossFade Effect
Fade between one image and another using layers, alpha controls, and tweens.

Easy Flash CrossFade Effect
Fade between one image and another using layers, alpha controls, and tweens.

Easy Flash CrossFade Effect
Fade between one image and another using layers, alpha controls, and tweens.

Creating an Easy Flash CrossFade Effect
Fade between one image and another using layers, alpha controls, and tweens.

Easy Flash CrossFade Effect
Fade between one image and another using layers, alpha controls, and tweens.

Easy Flash CrossFade Effect
Fade between one image and another using layers, alpha controls, and tweens.

Easy Flash CrossFade Effect
Fade between one image and another using layers, alpha controls, and tweens.

Easy Flash CrossFade Effect
Fade between one image and another using layers, alpha controls, and tweens.

Building an Animation-Ready Character from the Ground Up
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.

Building an Animation-Ready Character from the Ground Up
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.

Building an Animation-Ready Character from the Ground Up
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.

Building an Animation-Ready Character from the Ground Up
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.

Building an Animation-Ready Character from the Ground Up
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.

Building an Animation-Ready Character from the Ground Up
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.

Building an Animation-Ready Character from the Ground Up
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.

Building an Animation-Ready Character from the Ground Up
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.

Flash Animation 13: Creating a Simple Preloader
A Flash preloader is a short, low-key animation that plays while the rest of your animation is loading, and can either loop or show a growing progress percentage.

Flash Animation 13: Creating a Simple Preloader
A Flash preloader is a short, low-key animation that plays while the rest of your animation is loading, and can either loop or show a growing progress percentage.

Flash Animation 13: Creating a Simple Preloader
A Flash preloader is a short, low-key animation that plays while the rest of your animation is loading, and can either loop or show a growing progress percentage.

Flash Animation 13: Creating a Simple Preloader
A Flash preloader is a short, low-key animation that plays while the rest of your animation is loading, and can either loop or show a growing progress percentage.

Flash Animation 13: Creating a Simple Preloader
A Flash preloader is a short, low-key animation that plays while the rest of your animation is loading, and can either loop or show a growing progress percentage.

Flash Animation 13: Creating a Simple Preloader
A Flash preloader is a short, low-key animation that plays while the rest of your animation is loading, and can either loop or show a growing progress percentage.

Flash Animation 13: Creating a Simple Preloader
A Flash preloader is a short, low-key animation that plays while the rest of your animation is loading, and can either loop or show a growing progress percentage.

Flash Animation 13: Creating a Simple Preloader
A Flash preloader is a short, low-key animation that plays while the rest of your animation is loading, and can either loop or show a growing progress percentage.

Flash Animation 13: Creating a Simple Preloader
A Flash preloader is a short, low-key animation that plays while the rest of your animation is loading, and can either loop or show a growing progress percentage.

Flash Animation 15: Starting and Stopping Sound Effects
Let's pick up on the last lesson to add a bouncing sound effect to our squash and stretch animation, using Flash audio to bring more life and depth to the animation.

Flash Animation 15: Starting and Stopping Sound Effects
Let's pick up on the last lesson to add a bouncing sound effect to our squash and stretch animation, using Flash audio to bring more life and depth to the animation.

Flash Animation 15: Starting and Stopping Sound Effects
Let's pick up on the last lesson to add a bouncing sound effect to our squash and stretch animation, using Flash audio to bring more life and depth to the animation.

Flash Animation 15: Starting and Stopping Sound Effects
Let's pick up on the last lesson to add a bouncing sound effect to our squash and stretch animation, using Flash audio to bring more life and depth to the animation.

Flash Animation 15: Starting and Stopping Sound Effects
Let's pick up on the last lesson to add a bouncing sound effect to our squash and stretch animation, using Flash audio to bring more life and depth to the animation.

Flash Animation 15: Starting and Stopping Sound Effects
Let's pick up on the last lesson to add a bouncing sound effect to our squash and stretch animation, using Flash audio to bring more life and depth to the animation.

Flash Animation 15: Starting and Stopping Sound Effects
Let's pick up on the last lesson to add a bouncing sound effect to our squash and stretch animation, using Flash audio to bring more life and depth to the animation.

Flash Animation 15: Starting and Stopping Sound Effects
Let's pick up on the last lesson to add a bouncing sound effect to our squash and stretch animation, using Flash audio to bring more life and depth to the animation.

Flash Animation 15: Starting and Stopping Sound Effects
Let's pick up on the last lesson to add a bouncing sound effect to our squash and stretch animation, using Flash audio to bring more life and depth to the animation.

Create a Complex Character of Movable Parts
In this lesson, we're going to learn how to

Flash Animation 5: Creating a Complex Character of Movable Parts
In this lesson, we're going to learn how to

Flash Animation 5: Creating a Complex Character of Movable Parts
In this lesson, we're going to learn how to

Flash Animation 5: Creating a Complex Character of Movable Parts
In this lesson, we're going to learn how to

Flash Animation 5: Creating a Complex Character of Movable Parts
In this lesson, we're going to learn how to

Flash Animation 5: Creating a Complex Character of Movable Parts
In this lesson, we're going to learn how to

Flash Animation 5: Creating a Complex Character of Movable Parts
In this lesson, we're going to learn how to

Flash Animation 5: Creating a Complex Character of Movable Parts
In this lesson, we're going to learn how to

Flash Animation 5: Creating a Complex Character of Movable Parts
In this lesson, we're going to learn how to

Flash Animation 5: Creating a Complex Character of Movable Parts
In this lesson, we're going to learn how to

Creating Drop Shadow Text in Flash CS3
One great thing about the newest versions of Flash is that many effects that previously had to be constructed manually are now automatic features - including text drop shadows.

Flash Tip: Paste in Place
Paste in Place is a method of pasting something in your Flash scene in the exact position that it was in when you copied it.

Flash Tip: Paste in Place
Paste in Place is a method of pasting something in your Flash scene in the exact position that it was in when you copied it.

Flash Tip: Using Paste in Place
Paste in Place is a method of pasting something in your Flash scene in the exact position that it was in when you copied it.

Animating a Pan Effect in Flash
You can use motion tweens to create the illusion of a panning camera on your Flash stage.

Animating a Pan Effect in Flash
You can use motion tweens to create the illusion of a panning camera on your Flash stage.

Animating a Pan Effect in Flash
You can use motion tweens to create the illusion of a panning camera on your Flash stage.

How to Animate a Pan Effect in Flash
You can use motion tweens to create the illusion of a panning camera on your Flash stage.

Animating a Pan Effect in Flash
You can use motion tweens to create the illusion of a panning camera on your Flash stage.

Animating a Pan Effect in Flash
You can use motion tweens to create the illusion of a panning camera on your Flash stage.

Animating a Pan Effect in Flash
You can use motion tweens to create the illusion of a panning camera on your Flash stage.

Creating Drop Shadow Text in Flash CS3
One great thing about the newest versions of Flash is that many effects that previously had to be constructed manually are now automatic features - including text drop shadows.

Creating Drop Shadow Text in Flash CS3
One great thing about the newest versions of Flash is that many effects that previously had to be constructed manually are now automatic features - including text drop shadows.

Creating Drop Shadow Text in Flash CS3
One great thing about the newest versions of Flash is that many effects that previously had to be constructed manually are now automatic features - including text drop shadows.

Creating Drop Shadow Text in Flash CS3
One great thing about the newest versions of Flash is that many effects that previously had to be constructed manually are now automatic features - including text drop shadows.

Creating Drop Shadow Text in Flash CS3
One great thing about the newest versions of Flash is that many effects that previously had to be constructed manually are now automatic features - including text drop shadows.

Creating Drop Shadow Text in Flash CS3
One great thing about the newest versions of Flash is that many effects that previously had to be constructed manually are now automatic features - including text drop shadows.

Creating Drop Shadow Text in Flash CS3
One great thing about the newest versions of Flash is that many effects that previously had to be constructed manually are now automatic features - including text drop shadows.

Creating Drop Shadow Text in Flash CS3
One great thing about the newest versions of Flash is that many effects that previously had to be constructed manually are now automatic features - including text drop shadows.

Creating Drop Shadow Text in Flash CS3
One great thing about the newest versions of Flash is that many effects that previously had to be constructed manually are now automatic features - including text drop shadows.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: 8-Frame Basic Walk Cycle
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.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: 8-Frame Basic Walk Cycle
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.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: 8-Frame Basic Walk Cycle
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.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: 8-Frame Basic Walk Cycle
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.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: 8-Frame Basic Walk Cycle
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.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: 8-Frame Basic Walk Cycle
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.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: 8-Frame Basic Walk Cycle
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.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: 8-Frame Basic Walk Cycle
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.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: 8-Frame Basic Walk Cycle
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.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: 8-Frame Basic Walk Cycle
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.

Animation Spotlight: Van Eaton Galleries
Van Eaton Galleries showcases and sells animation artwork, both from the production of your favorite films to original artwork inspired by animation.

Introduction to Animation in Cinema 4D
How do you animate in Cinema 4D? Easily, that's how!

Animation Spotlight: Alex Grigg
Alex Grigg is an awesome animator and director, but beyond that he's helping show the nuts and bolts of his animation.

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

How Traditional and Computer Animation Differ
In this FAQ response, the essential differences between traditional and computer methods of animation are explained.

The Walt Disney Company History and Overview
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.

What is An Animation Pitch Bible?
What is a pitch bible and how does it help shows get created?

Project Breakdown: BRAAINZZ - Oops.
I take you behind the scenes of a project I've made in the past!

What is a Peg Bar?
What exactly is a peg bar and do I have to have one if I want to do traditional hand drawn animation?

Product reviews
Product reviews for products involved with the art of animation.

Red Giant Universe Review
What do I think of Red Giant's Universe 2? It's out of this world! Seriously though it's really really great I just couldn't resist that bad joke.

What Is Cutout Animation?
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.

What is an Instance in Flash?
flash instances, symbols, copies, manipulating instances, changing instances, symbol timelines, flash movie clip, flash graphic, flash symbol, flash button, flash library

What is an Animation Timeline?
In animation, a timeline refers to the breakdown of frames sequenced over time.

Animation Business
Tips and tricks for living in the business world of animation.

Character Animation
Tips and tricks to improve your character animation.

Tips and tricks for animation design
Articles and content about design elements for animated projects.

You Already Know How To Animate
Animation is tough, but I surprise you already know how to do it! You just have to trust yourself and go with the flow.

What Are Keyframes?
What is a keyframe and what is a keyframe artist? Let's find out!

What is an Animatic?
What is an animatic anyway and how can it be helpful?

What Are Storyboards?
Maybe you've heard the term

What are Ones, Twos, and Threes in Animation?
Maybe you've heard animators say the terms ones, twos, and threes, but what does that mean?

The 5 Best Animated Movies on Netflix
There are more movies on Netflix than you could watch, so here's 5 great animated movies to get you started!

What Are Motion Graphics?
What are motion graphics and are they a new form of animation?

Frequently Asked Questions About Computer Animation
Look here for answers to some of the most common questions on the topic of computer animation.

Glossary: 3D Animation
3d animation is the creation of moving pictures in a three-dimensional digital environment. This is done by sequencing consecutive images, or

How To Create A 3D Bump Map in Photoshop
3D bump maps are used to create raised texture surfaces on 3D models - but they actually start off as flat 2D images.

FAQ: Why do Animated GIFs Look So Grainy?
Animated GIFs are a good way to get soundless animated images on the web without needing any additional plugins or viewers...but why are they so grainy?

How to Automatically Animate a Connecting Line in After Effects
How do you automatically animate a line connecting two moving objects in After Effects?

What is a Style Frame?
What is a style frame and how can it save you from headaches down the road?

Computer Animation Tips and Tricks
Computer animation isn't just about diving into the software and getting right to work; there are many little external tricks to make the process easier, less expensive, and more enjoyable. These articles provide helpful information on just where to look.

After Effects Tip: Work In Many Layers
Many hands make light work, and in After Effects many layers can make easy work!

Animator Tip: Have an Inspiration Folder
Want to make something but are stuck with artists block? An inspiration folder can help get the ball rolling!

Live Animation on the Simpsons and
Animating a live performance? The Simpsons and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert experiment with Adobe Character Animator.

What Is A Wireframe?
The word

Which Is Better: Flash or Animated GIFs?
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.

Flash Tip: Motion Tweening Expanded: Rotation
In the we covered motion tweening as a basic

Animation History
Animation History

What is a Multiplane?
What is a multiplane camera and how can it be used to make animation more life like and amazing?

How To Make Your Animation React to Music in After Effects
Create an animation that reacts and responds to audio in only a few easy steps!

The Best Photoshop Brush Plugin
Animating in Photoshop is getting better and better, so why not check out Kyle Webster's brushes to take your work to the next level?

What Are After Effects Expressions?
What is an After Effects expression and how do you add one?

Computer Animation Software Reviews
It's not always easy to choose one software package over another. From user-friendliness to functionality, price to package features and extras, there are quite a few influencing factors in the decision of just which computer animation software to try out. This listing offers this Guide's opinion as to how various software packages stack up against each other, and rates them on a scale of one to ten.

Adobe Animate Review
So how does Adobe Animate stack up against it's predecessor Flash? Has the animation chosen one been found?

Interviews in the Animation Industry
If you've got questions, they've got answers. Here we sit down and as animators and other names in the industry for their opinions, experiences, and advice, for an up-close and personal look at what it's like to work in animation.

Animation Interview: Alex Horan
Alex Horan is a character designer at Disney where he works on the show Future Worm so I shot him some quick questions for a fun little interview.

After Effects Glitch Tutorial
Everyone loves a nice glitch nowadays, so here's a tutorial on how to get that effect painlessly and quickly.

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

Animating In Photoshop with AnimDessin2
Photoshop is great to draw in, and with a simple plug in you can make it great to animate in as well!

Other Useful Tutorials for Animation
Animating isn't just about sequencing frames or rendering videos; there are dozens of other useful programs to help you along the way with creating textures, editing sound, or piecing things together in the end.

Getting Started in OpenToonz
The first time you pop OpenToonz up you're gonna have to tweak some stuff, let's walk through what we need to do.

OpenToonz: A New Free Animation Software Used by Studio Ghibli
OpenToonz is a new, free release of the Toonz software, that was used by studio Ghibli and many others.

Glossary of Common Computer Animation Terms
What's a

Flash Tip: Turn off Snapping
Snapping in vector drawings has its uses, but when it's just making life harder for you, it's time to turn it off.

What are Animated Graphics?
The term

Creating Your First Flash Animation: Adjusting Document Settings
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.

Creating Your First Flash Animation: Viewing the Timeline
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.

Creating Your First Flash Animation: Conclusion
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.

Flash Animation 2: Applying a Shape Tween
With this lesson, we'll pick up at the end of where we left off in Lesson 1, with a lesson on shape tweening in Flash MX. Shape tweening can take two different shapes at keyframes set any number of frames apart, and mathematically calculate the frames in between to produce a smooth animation depicting the transformation between one and the other.

Flash Animation 2: Conclusion
With this lesson, we'll pick up at the end of where we left off in Lesson 1, with a lesson on shape tweening in Flash MX. Shape tweening can take two different shapes at keyframes set any number of frames apart, and mathematically calculate the frames in between to produce a smooth animation depicting the transformation between one and the other.

Flash Animation 2: Converting a Symbol Back into a Shape
With this lesson, we'll pick up at the end of where we left off in Lesson 1, with a lesson on shape tweening in Flash MX. Shape tweening can take two different shapes at keyframes set any number of frames apart, and mathematically calculate the frames in between to produce a smooth animation depicting the transformation between one and the other.

Flash Animation 2: Creating a Blank Keyframe
With this lesson, we'll pick up at the end of where we left off in Lesson 1, with a lesson on shape tweening in Flash MX. Shape tweening can take two different shapes at keyframes set any number of frames apart, and mathematically calculate the frames in between to produce a smooth animation depicting the transformation between one and the other.

Flash Animation 2: Creating a New Shape
With this lesson, we'll pick up at the end of where we left off in Lesson 1, with a lesson on shape tweening in Flash MX. Shape tweening can take two different shapes at keyframes set any number of frames apart, and mathematically calculate the frames in between to produce a smooth animation depicting the transformation between one and the other.

Flash Animation 2: Copying a Keyframe
With this lesson, we'll pick up at the end of where we left off in Lesson 1, with a lesson on shape tweening in Flash MX. Shape tweening can take two different shapes at keyframes set any number of frames apart, and mathematically calculate the frames in between to produce a smooth animation depicting the transformation between one and the other.

Alternatives To Using A Light Desk
Light desks are essential to 2D animation, but what if you can't afford one? There are numerous other approaches to the onion-skinning needed to effectively animate frames in sequence.

7 Life Lessons I've Learned from Animation
Animation isn't just a career; many things learned throughout your career as an animator can provide valuable life lessons, as well.

Flash Animation 2: Extending the Length of Your Animation
With this lesson, we'll pick up at the end of where we left off in Lesson 1, with a lesson on shape tweening in Flash MX. Shape tweening can take two different shapes at keyframes set any number of frames apart, and mathematically calculate the frames in between to produce a smooth animation depicting the transformation between one and the other.

Flash Animation 2: Shape Tweening
With this lesson, we'll pick up at the end of where we left off in Lesson 1, with a lesson on shape tweening in Flash MX. Shape tweening can take two different shapes at keyframes set any number of frames apart, and mathematically calculate the frames in between to produce a smooth animation depicting the transformation between one and the other.

Share Your Stories: What Inspired You To Become An Animator?
For some of us there's a pivotal turning point in our careers, a moment of inspiration or choice that changes our lives and directs our paths. For many of us it was that moment that pushed us to become animators, whether we've achieved our goal or are still on that path. What was that moment for you? What inspired you to become an animator?

Computer Animation Basics - An Introduction
The term

Steps to Seeking a Career in Computer Animation
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.

Pursue a Career in Computer Animation: Tips and Resources
Thinking about turning your interest in animation into a career? Here are a few tips on the first steps to take, and links to the employment sites of some of the biggest players in the industry.

Education Resources for Computer Animation
Take your interest in computer animation to the next level by seeking an education in the field; here are links to just a few of the many schools that offer programs in computer animation, and advice on choosing your field of study.

Computer Animation Reference Materials
Animation.

Flash Animation Tutorials: Step-by-Step Lessons
Take a look at these lessons on how to get started in Flash, creating your very own simple animations.

Profiles of Major Names in the Animation Industry
If you're interested in the giants of computer animation, take a look at these profiles of the companies that have practically become household names in the industry.

Animation Exercise
Animation Exercise

Do-It-Yourself Flash Lessons
These are copies of the original lessons, but with the written-out chunks of ActionScripts removed to prevent copy-pasting the code to re-use it. Useful for lesson plans, or for those who just don't want the answer handed to them easily.

Flash for Artwork
Animation.

Flash for Games & Fun Stuff
Animation.

Flash MX Effects
Let's face it - we're not all using the latest version of Flash, and we don't all have access to the one-click access of certain special effects. However, there are ways to simulate those effects in Flash MX and sometimes previous versions.

Flash Program Tools
These quick tips provide a brief overview of Flash's tools and panels, taken individually to let you gain familiarity with each.

Traditional Animation in Flash
While Flash is a good program for easy point-and-click animation, it's an even better program for bringing traditional, hand-drawn frame-by-frame animation into the digital world.

Holiday Themed Flash Lessons
Need fireworks for New Year's or the Fourth of July? How about a snowman for the winter holiday, or Valentine's hearts? Check out these lessons that help you make e-cards and Flash animations for holiday themes.

About Animation: Flash Kids' Corner
If you're a kid looking to get started in Flash and want some fun, easy lessons to start off light and help you get the hang of things, this is the place for you. These lessons are specifically designed for kids ages 12 and under, with simple instructions and an easy learning curve. Parents can do these lessons alongside your children, as well, for a great way to spend time with your kids while you both learn about Flash drawing and animation.

Masking
Animation.

Miscellaneous Tips & Tricks
Animation.

Simple Applications
Animation.

Symbols & Related
Animation.

Webinars/Seminars
Animation.

Web-Related Flash Lessons
Animation.

ActionScripting Basics
Animation.

ActionScripting Challenges
Are you a Flash do-it-yourselfer who likes to try things on your own without being walked through it step-by-step? Then try these user challenges to see if you can reproduce the results while meeting and exceeding the challenge requirements.

Schools that Offer Degreed Computer Animation Programs
Choosing a school can be difficult, especially when you're looking for a program that offers exactly the specialty that you're looking for. What I've started collecting here is a list of colleges, universities, and trade schools that offer specific degrees or certifications in the field of computer animation.

Flash Basics: Tweening
Take a look at these tutorials that cover the basics of shape and motion tweening, as well as exploring the more detailed options.

Computer Animation in Other Industries
Computer animation isn't a skill confined only to the entertainment industry; let's take a look at just a few of the other fields where you can apply your computer animation skills.

Recommended Reading on Computer Animation
These are just a few books recommended for a more in-depth look at particular subjects in the animation field--including instructional books, reference materials, discussions, and techniques.

Cinema 4D
Cinema 4D. Animation.

3D Computer Animation Tutorials: Step-by-Step Lessons in 3D Studio Max
Ready to step up to the third dimension? These lessons will ocver the basics of working in 3DSMax to start modeling and animating on a simple level.

Computer Animation Media Gallery
Detailed computer animation can sometimes take a great deal of work, but in the end it's worth it when you have a finished product that you can display proudly. Shown here are just a few of my animations, created using the same software and techniques demonstrated in About.com's Computer Animation Tutorials.

Animation in Video Games and Movies
Ever wondered just how the studios create the amazing digital graphics that captivate a movie's audience or keep you playing a game for hours on end? Let's take a look at the secrets unveiled.

Stop Motion
Articles about the art of traditional stop motion animation.

Adobe Animate: Better Color
Animate has a new feature that allows you to go back and change the color on every frame it appears. Pretty crazy.

Adobe Animate: Better Onion Skinning
Flash was always great at onion skinning but Animate has added a tweak that improves a system that I thought couldn't be improved upon.

Adobe Animate Review: Better Canvas
Flash is now Animate, and with it brings the ability to rotate your canvas! So how well does it work?

Adobe Animate Review: Better Brushes
Flash has become Animate, and with it brings new mark making tools. Are they a big improvement? Or are we just stuck with new limitations?

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Keyframe and In-Between Basics
Rather than working with simple shapes and reusable objects, let's work with the techniques used in cinematic animation: hand-drawing each frame using keyframing and in-betweening techniques to describe progressive motion.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Keyframe and In-Between Basics
Rather than working with simple shapes and reusable objects, let's work with the techniques used in cinematic animation: hand-drawing each frame using keyframing and in-betweening techniques to describe progressive motion.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Keyframe and In-Between Basics
Rather than working with simple shapes and reusable objects, let's work with the techniques used in cinematic animation: hand-drawing each frame using keyframing and in-betweening techniques to describe progressive motion.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Keyframe and In-Between Basics
Rather than working with simple shapes and reusable objects, let's work with the techniques used in cinematic animation: hand-drawing each frame using keyframing and in-betweening techniques to describe progressive motion.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Keyframe and In-Between Basics
Rather than working with simple shapes and reusable objects, let's work with the techniques used in cinematic animation: hand-drawing each frame using keyframing and in-betweening techniques to describe progressive motion.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Keyframe and In-Between Basics
Rather than working with simple shapes and reusable objects, let's work with the techniques used in cinematic animation: hand-drawing each frame using keyframing and in-betweening techniques to describe progressive motion.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Keyframe and In-Between Basics
Rather than working with simple shapes and reusable objects, let's work with the techniques used in cinematic animation: hand-drawing each frame using keyframing and in-betweening techniques to describe progressive motion.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Keyframe and In-Between Basics
Rather than working with simple shapes and reusable objects, let's work with the techniques used in cinematic animation: hand-drawing each frame using keyframing and in-betweening techniques to describe progressive motion.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Keyframe and In-Between Basics
Rather than working with simple shapes and reusable objects, let's work with the techniques used in cinematic animation: hand-drawing each frame using keyframing and in-betweening techniques to describe progressive motion.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: In-Between Basics
Rather than working with simple shapes and reusable objects, let's work with the techniques used in cinematic animation: hand-drawing each frame using keyframing and in-betweening techniques to describe progressive motion.

Actionscripting to Link Your Buttons And Scenes in Flash
It's time to combine the buttons and scenes created in Lessons 9 and 10, using ActionScripting to tell Flash how to behave when our buttons are clicked.

Flash Animation 11: ActionScripting to Link Your Buttons And Scenes
It's time to combine the buttons and scenes created in Lessons 9 and 10, using ActionScripting to tell Flash how to behave when our buttons are clicked.

Flash Animation 11: ActionScripting to Link Your Buttons And Scenes
It's time to combine the buttons and scenes created in Lessons 9 and 10, using ActionScripting to tell Flash how to behave when our buttons are clicked.

Flash Animation 11: ActionScripting to Link Your Buttons And Scenes
It's time to combine the buttons and scenes created in Lessons 9 and 10, using ActionScripting to tell Flash how to behave when our buttons are clicked.

Flash Animation 11: ActionScripting to Link Your Buttons And Scenes
It's time to combine the buttons and scenes created in Lessons 9 and 10, using ActionScripting to tell Flash how to behave when our buttons are clicked.

Flash Animation 11: ActionScripting to Link Your Buttons And Scenes
It's time to combine the buttons and scenes created in Lessons 9 and 10, using ActionScripting to tell Flash how to behave when our buttons are clicked.

Understanding the "Lock Fill" Option with Gradients
To some, the

Flash Tip: Understanding the "Lock Fill" Option with Gradients
To some, the

Flash Tip: Using the "Lock Fill" Option with Gradients
To some, the

Flash Tip: Understanding the "Lock Fill" Option with Gradients
To some, the

Shopping For Animators on Your Holiday Gift List
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).

Differences Between Japanese and American Animation
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.

What are Non-Photo-Blue Pencils and Why are They Used?
In traditional animation, you often see the use of non-photo-blue pencils: pencils that draw with a light blue color much like a color pencil. Why do animators use them, and what does

Differences Between Shape, Motion, and Classic Tweens
Before Flash CS4 there were motion tweens and shape tweens - but now CS4 and CS5 introduce classic tweens. What's the difference?

The Benefit of Vector Animation Over Raster Animation
Vector animation is generally considered more advanced than raster animation. Why?

Are You Protected by Copyright?
Are your animations protected by copyright? Do you know, or have you never thought about protecting your work? Take a look at this article to find out what rights are guaranteed to you by U.S. copyright law, how to obtain proof of those rights, and how to further protect them.

Questions About Copyright
Are your animations protected by copyright? Do you know, or have you never thought about protecting your work? Take a look at this article to find out what rights are guaranteed to you by U.S. copyright law, how to obtain proof of those rights, and how to further protect them. Page 2.

Royalty-Free Music and Sound Effects Resources for Animators
Find links to the music and sound effects that you need for your animations - royalty-free and free for download.

From Gouache to Gadgets: Shopping For the Animator on Your Holiday Gift List
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).

From Gouache to Gadgets: Shopping For the Animator on Your Holiday Gift List
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).

From Gouache to Gadgets: Shopping For the Animator on Your Holiday Gift List
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).

From Gouache to Gadgets: Shopping For the Animator on Your Holiday Gift List
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).

From Gouache to Gadgets: Shopping For the Animator on Your Holiday Gift List
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).

From Gouache to Gadgets: Shopping For the Animator on Your Holiday Gift List
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).

From Gouache to Gadgets: Shopping For the Animator on Your Holiday Gift List
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).

From Gouache to Gadgets: Shopping For the Animator on Your Holiday Gift List
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).

From Gouache to Gadgets: Shopping For the Animator on Your Holiday Gift List
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).

Animation Spotlight: FilmFreeway
FilmFreeWay is a great resource for submitting to festivals online, it's quick, easy, and painless.

Animation Review: Kaiba
With a beautiful, fluid style, Kaiba is a Japanese series that stands out through both it's dramatic visuals and it's graceful story telling. Kaiba is not something you should miss.

How to Use the Roto Brush in After Effects
Rotoscoping is a time consuming process, the Roto Brush in After Effects hopes to stream line that process for you.

After Effects Puppet Pin for Bendy Animation
How can you make the stiff and rigid animation in After Effects more smooth and bendy? With the puppet pin!

Adobe Media Encoder: Your New Best Friend
What's Adobe Media Encoder? And why is it the one program I use for literally every project I've worked on?

Adobe Flash is Evolving into Adobe Animate
Adobe Flash is leaving us, and Adobe Animate is taking its place. What are the differences that stand out?

Red Giant Trapcode 13 Review
Red Giant has released an update to their Trapcode suite with Trapcode 13! Is it good though?

Creating Your First Flash Animation
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.

Creating Your First Flash Animation: Introduction to the Primary Toolbar and Drawing a Shape
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.

Creating Your First Flash Animation: Converting Your Shape to a Symbol
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.

Creating Your First Flash Animation: Creating a New Key Frame
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.

Creating Your First Flash Animation: Moving Your Symbol on a New Frame
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.

Creating Your First Flash Animation: Adding a Motion Tween to Your Animation
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.

Flash Plugin: Keyframe Caddy
Keyframe Caddy is a simple Flash plugin that'll make you work faster, smarter, better, stronger just like Daft Punk said you would!

Problems with Being a Freelance Animator
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.

Is Freelance Animation Work Worth the Pitfalls?
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. Page 4.

Potential Pitfalls of Freelance Animation Work
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. Page 2.

A Realistic Look at Freelance Animation Work
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. Page 3.

Norman Engel Speaks About His Animation and Artistry
About.com returns to the home base for a talk with one of our Guide's own animation instructors from the Art Institute of Houston--the brilliant (and cynical) animator and artist Norman Engel.

Norman Engel Speaks About His Animation and Artistry
About.com returns to the home base for a talk with one of our Guide's own animation instructors from the Art Institute of Houston--the brilliant (and cynical) animator and artist Norman Engel. Page 2.

Animating for Video Games and Movies: What's the Difference?
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.

Animating for Video Games and Movies: What's the Difference?
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. Page 2.

Flash Tip: Motion Tweening Expanded: Motion Guides
The shortest distance between two points may be a straight line, but that doesn't mean you have to tween that way. Learn how to assign your Flash Motion Tweens to paths called Motion Guides, so that you can animate along complex paths with only two keyframes.

Flash Tip: Motion Tweening Expanded: Motion Guides
The shortest distance between two points may be a straight line, but that doesn't mean you have to tween that way. Learn how to assign your Flash Motion Tweens to paths called Motion Guides, so that you can animate along complex paths with only two keyframes.

Flash Motion Tweens Expanded: Motion Guides
The shortest distance between two points may be a straight line, but that doesn't mean you have to tween that way. Learn how to assign your Flash Motion Tweens to paths called Motion Guides, so that you can animate along complex paths with only two keyframes.

Creating a Symbol - Motion Tweening in Flash
The shortest distance between two points may be a straight line, but that doesn't mean you have to tween that way. Learn how to assign your Flash Motion Tweens to paths called Motion Guides, so that you can animate along complex paths with only two keyframes.

Flash Tip: Motion Tweening Expanded: Motion Guides
The shortest distance between two points may be a straight line, but that doesn't mean you have to tween that way. Learn how to assign your Flash Motion Tweens to paths called Motion Guides, so that you can animate along complex paths with only two keyframes.

Assigning Flash Motion Tweens to Motion Guides
The shortest distance between two points may be a straight line, but that doesn't mean you have to tween that way. Learn how to assign your Flash Motion Tweens to paths called Motion Guides, so that you can animate along complex paths with only two keyframes.

Flash Tip: Motion Tweening Expanded: Motion Guides
The shortest distance between two points may be a straight line, but that doesn't mean you have to tween that way. Learn how to assign your Flash Motion Tweens to paths called Motion Guides, so that you can animate along complex paths with only two keyframes.

Flash Tip: Motion Tweening Expanded: Motion Guides
The shortest distance between two points may be a straight line, but that doesn't mean you have to tween that way. Learn how to assign your Flash Motion Tweens to paths called Motion Guides, so that you can animate along complex paths with only two keyframes.

Preparing a Professional Demo Reel of Work in Animation School
For an animator, the demo reel is like that final exam in your senior year, complete with all of the extra work, stresses, and last-minute panics. And like the final exam, it can mean success or failure--not only in your education, but in your career. You've probably worked on a variety of projects during animation school, some fun, some not. But do you need to include every last one of those projects in your demo reel?

Professional Demo Reel - Content, Cutting, Timing
For an animator, the demo reel is like that final exam in your senior year, complete with all of the extra work, stresses, and last-minute panics. And like the final exam, it can mean success or failure--not only in your education, but in your career. You've probably worked on a variety of projects during animation school, some fun, some not. But do you need to include every last one of those projects in your demo reel? Page 2.

Preparing a Professional Demo Reel - Give Yourself Time
For an animator, the demo reel is like that final exam in your senior year, complete with all of the extra work, stresses, and last-minute panics. And like the final exam, it can mean success or failure--not only in your education, but in your career. You've probably worked on a variety of projects during animation school, some fun, some not. But do you need to include every last one of those projects in your demo reel? Page 3.

Creating "Animated" Drawings with SnagIt
Use SnagIt and your favorite graphics program to create a recorded

Creating "Animated" Drawings with SnagIt
Use SnagIt and your favorite graphics program to create a recorded

How to Create "Animated" Drawings with SnagIt
Use SnagIt and your favorite graphics program to create a recorded

Creating "Animated" Drawings with SnagIt
Use SnagIt and your favorite graphics program to create a recorded

Creating "Animated" Drawings with SnagIt
Use SnagIt and your favorite graphics program to create a recorded

Creating "Animated" Drawings with SnagIt
Use SnagIt and your favorite graphics program to create a recorded

Creating "Animated" Drawings with SnagIt
Use SnagIt and your favorite graphics program to create a recorded

10 Essential Art Supplies for the Traditional Animator
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.

10 Essential Art Supplies for the Traditional Animator
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.

10 Essential Art Supplies for the Traditional Animator
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.

10 Essential Art Supplies for the Traditional Animator
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.

10 Essential Art Supplies for the Traditional Animator
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.

Essential Art Supplies for the Traditional Animator
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.

10 Essential Art Supplies for the Traditional Animator
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.

10 Essential Art Supplies for the Traditional Animator
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.

10 Essential Art Supplies for the Traditional Animator
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.

10 Essential Art Supplies for the Traditional Animator
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.

How to be Seen: What it Takes to Get Your Animation on Television
It seems a farfetched dream, doesn't it: the idea of something that you worked on being played on broadcast television for all the world to see. If you work in the animation industry, that might not be as impossible as you think; odds are, if you're employed by one of the major companies, a project that you've participated in will likely get air time as part of commercials and promo spots. But if you're an individual or a small company, it's not that easy.

How to Get Your Animation on Television
It seems a farfetched dream, doesn't it: the idea of something that you worked on being played on broadcast television for all the world to see. If you work in the animation industry, that might not be as impossible as you think; odds are, if you're employed by one of the major companies, a project that you've participated in will likely get air time as part of commercials and promo spots. But if you're an individual or a small company, it's not that easy. Page 2.

Animating from Pencil to PC: In-Between Drawing
The first step in starting off your animation is to get your basic motion down. For that you don't need perfect drawings; you can use stick figures, as long as they capture your basic proportions and get your motion down. Grab your light desks and get ready to go.

Animating from Pencil to PC: Rough Motion Sketches
The first step in starting off your animation is to get your basic motion down. For that you don't need perfect drawings; you can use stick figures, as long as they capture your basic proportions and get your motion down. Grab your light desks and get ready to go.

Animating from Pencil to PC: Rough Motion Sketches
The first step in starting off your animation is to get your basic motion down. For that you don't need perfect drawings; you can use stick figures, as long as they capture your basic proportions and get your motion down. Grab your light desks and get ready to go.