Animation Sitemap - Page 2 2016-09-26

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.

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.

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 - Layer Third Paper
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.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Detailed Animation Part I
Creating a detailed, full-color character animation using traditional frame-by-frame methods is a long and at times difficult process, even in Flash. For this lesson we're going to take the first step and rough-sketch our basic motion for a simple action, using block shapes representing a character we wish to animate.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Detailed Animation Part I
Creating a detailed, full-color character animation using traditional frame-by-frame methods is a long and at times difficult process, even in Flash. For this lesson we're going to take the first step and rough-sketch our basic motion for a simple action, using block shapes representing a character we wish to animate.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Detailed Animation Part I
Creating a detailed, full-color character animation using traditional frame-by-frame methods is a long and at times difficult process, even in Flash. For this lesson we're going to take the first step and rough-sketch our basic motion for a simple action, using block shapes representing a character we wish to animate.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Detailed Animation Part I
Creating a detailed, full-color character animation using traditional frame-by-frame methods is a long and at times difficult process, even in Flash. For this lesson we're going to take the first step and rough-sketch our basic motion for a simple action, using block shapes representing a character we wish to animate.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Detailed Animation Part I
Creating a detailed, full-color character animation using traditional frame-by-frame methods is a long and at times difficult process, even in Flash. For this lesson we're going to take the first step and rough-sketch our basic motion for a simple action, using block shapes representing a character we wish to animate.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Detailed Animation Part I
Creating a detailed, full-color character animation using traditional frame-by-frame methods is a long and at times difficult process, even in Flash. For this lesson we're going to take the first step and rough-sketch our basic motion for a simple action, using block shapes representing a character we wish to animate.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: In-Betweening II
Creating a detailed, full-color character animation using traditional frame-by-frame methods is a long and at times difficult process, even in Flash. For this lesson we're going to take the first step and rough-sketch our basic motion for a simple action, using block shapes representing a character we wish to animate.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Detailed Animation Part I
Creating a detailed, full-color character animation using traditional frame-by-frame methods is a long and at times difficult process, even in Flash. For this lesson we're going to take the first step and rough-sketch our basic motion for a simple action, using block shapes representing a character we wish to animate.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Detailed Animation Part I
Creating a detailed, full-color character animation using traditional frame-by-frame methods is a long and at times difficult process, even in Flash. For this lesson we're going to take the first step and rough-sketch our basic motion for a simple action, using block shapes representing a character we wish to animate.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Detailed Animation Part I
Creating a detailed, full-color character animation using traditional frame-by-frame methods is a long and at times difficult process, even in Flash. For this lesson we're going to take the first step and rough-sketch our basic motion for a simple action, using block shapes representing a character we wish to animate.

Flash Tip: Program Tools: Paint Bucket Tool
The Paint Bucket tool is a simple, easy-to-use fill tool for Flash.

Flash Tip: Program Tools: Paint Bucket Tool
The Paint Bucket tool is a simple, easy-to-use fill tool for Flash.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.4: Animation Tools Overview
The last set of tools that we’ll discuss as part of the standard 3D Studio Max interface is located at the bottom of the window, stretching along the width of the working area below the multiple views. These tools help control how you view your animation, your timeline, and how you view your scene.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.4: Animation Tools Overview
The last set of tools that we’ll discuss as part of the standard 3D Studio Max interface is located at the bottom of the window, stretching along the width of the working area below the multiple views. These tools help control how you view your animation, your timeline, and how you view your scene.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.4: Animation Tools Overview
The last set of tools that we’ll discuss as part of the standard 3D Studio Max interface is located at the bottom of the window, stretching along the width of the working area below the multiple views. These tools help control how you view your animation, your timeline, and how you view your scene.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.4: Animation Tools Overview
The last set of tools that we’ll discuss as part of the standard 3D Studio Max interface is located at the bottom of the window, stretching along the width of the working area below the multiple views. These tools help control how you view your animation, your timeline, and how you view your scene.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.4: Animation Tools Overview
The last set of tools that we’ll discuss as part of the standard 3D Studio Max interface is located at the bottom of the window, stretching along the width of the working area below the multiple views. These tools help control how you view your animation, your timeline, and how you view your scene.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.4: Animation Tools Overview
The last set of tools that we’ll discuss as part of the standard 3D Studio Max interface is located at the bottom of the window, stretching along the width of the working area below the multiple views. These tools help control how you view your animation, your timeline, and how you view your scene.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.4: Animation Tools Overview
The last set of tools that we’ll discuss as part of the standard 3D Studio Max interface is located at the bottom of the window, stretching along the width of the working area below the multiple views. These tools help control how you view your animation, your timeline, and how you view your scene.

Adding Texture In After Effects
Learn the quickest and easiest way to add texture to your digital animation.

What is Pixilation?
What is pixilation and how is it different than stop motion?

Cinema 4D Essentials: Stage Size and Movie Length
How do you make your movie longer and your stage bigger in Cinema 4D? It's easy, that's how!

Cinema 4D Essential: Keyboard Shortcuts
Cinema 4D has a set of keyboard shortcuts that you have to know if you at all want to use the program without ripping your eyes out. These are them.

Cinema 4D: Photo Textures
How do you add a photo as a texture in Cinema 4D?

The All Important Style Test
What's a style test and how can it help you in your animation projects? By saving you time and sanity!

Animation Interview: Tyler Haywood
Tyler Haywood works in animation and motion graphics. I decided to ask him a few questions for him to impart some knowledge on us!

Ottawa Animation Festival 2015 Review!
What are my two favorite films of this year's Ottawa International Film Festival?

Cinema 4D: Endless White Floor
How do you make one of those cool horizonless backgrounds in Cinema 4D Lite and After Effects? Using gradients and alphas of course!

Getting Started in Animation From the Comfort of Your Home
While animation is a complex art that can require years of schooling to perfect, for the hobbyist - and even for some self-taught professionals - it’s surprisingly easy to get started from the comfort of your own home and begin producing animations from scratch with just a little studying, hard work, and practice.

The Newest After Effects Update is Making it Worse UPDATE!
UPDATE! Adobe really takes customer service seriously! RAM preview is still a pain but the audio scrubbing is fixed!

Difference Between Traditional and Computer Animation?
Often people differentiate animation techniques as traditional or computer animation -- but aren't always clear as to what the distinction refers to.

Do I Need To Learn Drawing Skills To Be An Animator?
So you want to learn to animate, but may not be the best artist. Do you need to refine your artistic skills before you can dabble in animation?

In Computer Animation, What is Rendering?
You may often hear reference to video rendering, render times, render speeds, etc. in the field of computer animation. But what exactly is rendering?

5 Things To Do Before You Ever Start Animating
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.

Five Inexpensive Animation Solutions for the Mac
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.

Five Inexpensive Animation Solutions for the Mac
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.

Five Inexpensive Animation Solutions for the Mac
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.

Five Inexpensive Animation Solutions for the Mac
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.

Five Inexpensive Animation Solutions for the Mac
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.

Free Google SketchUp 3D Modeling Software Review
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.

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

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

The Biggest Hurdle to Learning Flash
Flash is a starting program for a lot of animators, so what is the biggest hurdle new animators face in Flash?

How to Use the Width Tool in Flash
Flash has a new Width Tool to let you take your line work in a more expressive and dynamic direction. But is it perfect?

How to Use the Bone Tool in Adobe Flash
Adobe Flash has a great tool for puppet animation called the Bone Tool, check it out!

Adobe Character Animator Review
Character Animator is a new program from Adobe, is it any good though?

How to Dynamic Link from After Effects to Premiere
How do can you dynamic link between Premiere and After Effects to save yourself time, money, and sanity?

Animation Spotlight: The Metamorphosis of Mr. Samsa
Animation spotlight of The Metamorphosis of Mr. Samsa by Caroline Leaf.

The Importance of Animation History
Why is animation history important?

What is Rubber Hose Animation?
What is rubber hose animation and where did it come from?

A Better Camera Control For After Effects
The After Effects camera can be tricky, let's find a better way to control it!

Animation Tip: Disconnect Yourself
Disconnect yourself from music, movies, TV and conversation to see what it can do to improve your work and focus.

How To Loop Animation in After Effects
How do you loop animation in After Effects? With expressions!

How is Traditional Animation Done?
How is traditional, hand drawn, 2D animation made? With lots of people.

Adobe Creative Cloud Review Update!
So how has Adobe Creative Cloud worked out for me over this past year?

What Is An After Effects Pre-Composition?
What is a pre-composition in After Effects and what does it mean to pre-compose something?

24fps VS 30fps: The Final Showdown
Everyone is debating frames per second it seems, well it's time to put that debate to an end!

Write On Text Animation in After Effects
How do you make one of those neat effects where the type gets written onto the screen? By following this tutorial!

A Beginner’s Guide to Vectors in Animation
Vector animation is a term used to refer to animation whose art or motion is controlled by scalable vectors rather than pixels.

How Long Should An Action Take?
How do you figure out how long an action should take?

Working with After Effects on a Bad Computer
After Effects can be use up a lot of your computer's RAM, so what can we do if our computer can't keep up?

Animation Spotlight: Ottawa International Animation Festival
The Ottawa International Animation Festival is one of the biggest in North America, and it's a great place to see new, exciting, and inspiring work.

Vector vs. Pixel Based Animation
What is pixel based art and vector based art? Are there any benefits to either one? Also why did I choose two films by people named Alex as examples?

How Not To Go Broke Doing Freelance
How do you not end up going broke between freelance jobs? Here are some tips and tricks that have helped me!

Flash Tip: Reducing Flash Movie Filesize
Flash movies are improving in quality, but with greater quality comes larger file sizes. Here are two ways to make them more manageable.

Hiding and Unhiding Movie Clips on Command Using _visible and !
Learn how to hide and unhide Flash movie clips with the click of a button and a very easy three-line actionscript, using _visible and the logical NOT operator (!) to alter the visibility state.

Hiding and Unhiding Movie Clips on Command Using _visible and !
Learn how to hide and unhide Flash movie clips with the click of a button and a very easy three-line actionscript, using _visible and the logical NOT operator (!) to alter the visibility state. Page 2.

Hiding and Unhiding Movie Clips on Command Using _visible and !
Learn how to hide and unhide Flash movie clips with the click of a button and a very easy three-line actionscript, using _visible and the logical NOT operator (!) to alter the visibility state. Page 3.

Hiding and Unhiding Movie Clips on Command Using _visible and !
Learn how to hide and unhide Flash movie clips with the click of a button and a very easy three-line actionscript, using _visible and the logical NOT operator (!) to alter the visibility state. Page 4.

Flash Animation 9: Adding Interactivity with Buttons
For this lesson, we're just going to learn how to create a simple button that doesn't really do anything other than demonstrate a mouse-over effect, just for the sake of learning the steps. We'll also touch on action-scripting for the first time.

Flash Animation 9: Adding Interactivity with Buttons
For this lesson, we're just going to learn how to create a simple button that doesn't really do anything other than demonstrate a mouse-over effect, just for the sake of learning the steps. We'll also touch on action-scripting for the first time. Page 10.

Flash Animation 9: Adding Interactivity with Buttons
For this lesson, we're just going to learn how to create a simple button that doesn't really do anything other than demonstrate a mouse-over effect, just for the sake of learning the steps. We'll also touch on action-scripting for the first time. Page 2.

Flash Animation 9: Adding Interactivity with Buttons
For this lesson, we're just going to learn how to create a simple button that doesn't really do anything other than demonstrate a mouse-over effect, just for the sake of learning the steps. We'll also touch on action-scripting for the first time. Page 3.

Flash Animation 9: Adding Interactivity with Buttons
For this lesson, we're just going to learn how to create a simple button that doesn't really do anything other than demonstrate a mouse-over effect, just for the sake of learning the steps. We'll also touch on action-scripting for the first time. Page 4.

Flash Animation 9: Adding Interactivity with Buttons
For this lesson, we're just going to learn how to create a simple button that doesn't really do anything other than demonstrate a mouse-over effect, just for the sake of learning the steps. We'll also touch on action-scripting for the first time. Page 5.

Flash Animation 9: Adding Interactivity with Buttons
For this lesson, we're just going to learn how to create a simple button that doesn't really do anything other than demonstrate a mouse-over effect, just for the sake of learning the steps. We'll also touch on action-scripting for the first time. Page 6.

Flash Animation 9: Adding Interactivity with Buttons
For this lesson, we're just going to learn how to create a simple button that doesn't really do anything other than demonstrate a mouse-over effect, just for the sake of learning the steps. We'll also touch on action-scripting for the first time. Page 7.

Flash Animation 9: Adding Interactivity with Buttons
For this lesson, we're just going to learn how to create a simple button that doesn't really do anything other than demonstrate a mouse-over effect, just for the sake of learning the steps. We'll also touch on action-scripting for the first time. Page 8.

Flash Animation 9: Adding Interactivity with Buttons
For this lesson, we're just going to learn how to create a simple button that doesn't really do anything other than demonstrate a mouse-over effect, just for the sake of learning the steps. We'll also touch on action-scripting for the first time. Page 9.

Flash Tip: Creating the Illusion of Perspective
Flash proves that you don't need a 3D program or even a complex 2D program to create easy two-dimensional shapes with the appearance of three-dimensional depth.

Flash Tip: Creating the Illusion of Perspective
Flash proves that you don't need a 3D program or even a complex 2D program to create easy two-dimensional shapes with the appearance of three-dimensional depth. Page 2.

Flash Tip: Creating the Illusion of Perspective
Flash proves that you don't need a 3D program or even a complex 2D program to create easy two-dimensional shapes with the appearance of three-dimensional depth. Page 3.

Flash Tip: Creating the Illusion of Perspective
Flash proves that you don't need a 3D program or even a complex 2D program to create easy two-dimensional shapes with the appearance of three-dimensional depth. Page 4.

Flash Tip: Loop Playback
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Best Free Animation Apps for Iphone
I waded through the iTunes store and downloaded all the free animation apps so you don't have to, see which ones ended up being the best!

Animation Applications, Websites & Programs
Animation now has a place beyond programs and films; you can now include animation in your web pages and applications, from animated rollout menus to screen savers to games.

Profile: Pixar Animation Studios
Based out of Emeryville, CA, Pixar is an award-winning animation studio famous for its computer-animated film shorts and for the feature films that it produces in conjunction with Disney, who splits costs of production and distribution by covering all distribution issues while Pixar handles production.

Basics of Traditional and Computer Animation
Whether you'd like to learn the basics of traditional animation or get started with digital 2D and 3D animation, here's what you need to get started.

Flash Color Quiz: What's Your Mood?
Learn how to make a basic color quiz that analyzes one's mood based on split-second color choices.

Flash Color Quiz: What's Your Mood?
Learn how to make a basic color quiz that analyzes one's mood based on split-second color choices.

Flash Color Quiz: What's Your Mood?
Learn how to make a basic color quiz that analyzes one's mood based on split-second color choices.

Flash Color Quiz: What's Your Mood?
Learn how to make a basic color quiz that analyzes one's mood based on split-second color choices.

Flash Color Quiz: What's Your Mood?
Learn how to make a basic color quiz that analyzes one's mood based on split-second color choices.

Flash Color Quiz: What's Your Mood?
Learn how to make a basic color quiz that analyzes one's mood based on split-second color choices.

Flash Color Quiz: What's Your Mood?
Learn how to make a basic color quiz that analyzes one's mood based on split-second color choices.

Flash Color Quiz: What's Your Mood?
Learn how to make a basic color quiz that analyzes one's mood based on split-second color choices.

Flash Color Quiz: What's Your Mood?
Learn how to make a basic color quiz that analyzes one's mood based on split-second color choices.

Flash Color Quiz: What's Your Mood?
Learn how to make a basic color quiz that analyzes one's mood based on split-second color choices.

Animating with ActionScripts
There's more than one way to skin a cat, more than one way to pluck a chicken, and more than one way to animate in Flash. Use ActionScripts to animate changes in size, color, position, and anything else that you can code.

Animating with ActionScripts
There's more than one way to skin a cat, more than one way to pluck a chicken, and more than one way to animate in Flash. Use ActionScripts to animate changes in size, color, position, and anything else that you can code.

Animating with ActionScripts
There's more than one way to skin a cat, more than one way to pluck a chicken, and more than one way to animate in Flash. Use ActionScripts to animate changes in size, color, position, and anything else that you can code.

Animating with ActionScripts
There's more than one way to skin a cat, more than one way to pluck a chicken, and more than one way to animate in Flash. Use ActionScripts to animate changes in size, color, position, and anything else that you can code.

Animating with ActionScripts
There's more than one way to skin a cat, more than one way to pluck a chicken, and more than one way to animate in Flash. Use ActionScripts to animate changes in size, color, position, and anything else that you can code.

Animating with ActionScripts
There's more than one way to skin a cat, more than one way to pluck a chicken, and more than one way to animate in Flash. Use ActionScripts to animate changes in size, color, position, and anything else that you can code.

Animating with ActionScripts
There's more than one way to skin a cat, more than one way to pluck a chicken, and more than one way to animate in Flash. Use ActionScripts to animate changes in size, color, position, and anything else that you can code.

Flash Animation 4: Animating Your E-card
Now that we’ve set the stage for our E-card, let’s go ahead and animate it. For the first part of that, we’re going to use a new kind of symbol called a Movie Clip.

Flash Animation 4: Animating Your E-card
Now that we’ve set the stage for our E-card, let’s go ahead and animate it. For the first part of that, we’re going to use a new kind of symbol called a Movie Clip.

Flash Animation 4: Animating Your E-card
Now that we’ve set the stage for our E-card, let’s go ahead and animate it. For the first part of that, we’re going to use a new kind of symbol called a Movie Clip.

Flash Animation 4: Animating Your E-card
Now that we’ve set the stage for our E-card, let’s go ahead and animate it. For the first part of that, we’re going to use a new kind of symbol called a Movie Clip.

Flash Animation 4: Animating Your E-card
Now that we’ve set the stage for our E-card, let’s go ahead and animate it. For the first part of that, we’re going to use a new kind of symbol called a Movie Clip.

Flash Animation 4: Animating Your E-card
Now that we’ve set the stage for our E-card, let’s go ahead and animate it. For the first part of that, we’re going to use a new kind of symbol called a Movie Clip.

Flash Animation 4: Animating Your E-card
Now that we’ve set the stage for our E-card, let’s go ahead and animate it. For the first part of that, we’re going to use a new kind of symbol called a Movie Clip.

Flash Animation 4: Animating Your E-card
Now that we’ve set the stage for our E-card, let’s go ahead and animate it. For the first part of that, we’re going to use a new kind of symbol called a Movie Clip.

Flash Animation 4: Animating Your E-card
Now that we’ve set the stage for our E-card, let’s go ahead and animate it. For the first part of that, we’re going to use a new kind of symbol called a Movie Clip.

Flash Animation 4: Animating Your E-card
Now that we’ve set the stage for our E-card, let’s go ahead and animate it. For the first part of that, we’re going to use a new kind of symbol called a Movie Clip.

Shape Tweening a Mask
Apply shape tweens to your masks to make them change shape and reveal different areas of your Flash movie.

Shape Tweening a Mask
Apply shape tweens to your masks to make them change shape and reveal different areas of your Flash movie.

Shape Tweening a Mask
Apply shape tweens to your masks to make them change shape and reveal different areas of your Flash movie.

Shape Tweening a Mask
Apply shape tweens to your masks to make them change shape and reveal different areas of your Flash movie.

Shape Tweening a Mask
Apply shape tweens to your masks to make them change shape and reveal different areas of your Flash movie.

Shape Tweening a Mask
Apply shape tweens to your masks to make them change shape and reveal different areas of your Flash movie.

Flash Animation 16: Adding Sound to Buttons
We've learned how to play sounds at a certain time in a Flash animation, but what about in response to certain events? This lesson is a basic start on playing sounds on mouseovers and mouseclicks, using buttons to trigger those sounds.

Flash Animation 16: Adding Sound to Buttons
We've learned how to play sounds at a certain time in a Flash animation, but what about in response to certain events? This lesson is a basic start on playing sounds on mouseovers and mouseclicks, using buttons to trigger those sounds.

Flash Animation 16: Adding Sound to Buttons
We've learned how to play sounds at a certain time in a Flash animation, but what about in response to certain events? This lesson is a basic start on playing sounds on mouseovers and mouseclicks, using buttons to trigger those sounds.

Flash Animation 16: Adding Sound to Buttons
We've learned how to play sounds at a certain time in a Flash animation, but what about in response to certain events? This lesson is a basic start on playing sounds on mouseovers and mouseclicks, using buttons to trigger those sounds.

Flash Animation 16: Adding Sound to Buttons
We've learned how to play sounds at a certain time in a Flash animation, but what about in response to certain events? This lesson is a basic start on playing sounds on mouseovers and mouseclicks, using buttons to trigger those sounds.

Flash Animation 16: Adding Sound to Buttons
We've learned how to play sounds at a certain time in a Flash animation, but what about in response to certain events? This lesson is a basic start on playing sounds on mouseovers and mouseclicks, using buttons to trigger those sounds.

Ask the Magic 8-Ball: Using Flash to Create a Magic 8-Ball Application
Will you have a merry Christmas? Will 2007 be a good year? Will you get that promotion? Ask the magic 8-ball....or use Flash and Actionscripting to make your own.

Ask the Magic 8-Ball: Using Flash to Create a Magic 8-Ball Application
Will you have a merry Christmas? Will 2007 be a good year? Will you get that promotion? Ask the magic 8-ball....or use Flash and Actionscripting to make your own.

Ask the Magic 8-Ball: Using Flash to Create a Magic 8-Ball Application
Will you have a merry Christmas? Will 2007 be a good year? Will you get that promotion? Ask the magic 8-ball....or use Flash and Actionscripting to make your own.

Ask the Magic 8-Ball: Using Flash to Create a Magic 8-Ball Application
Will you have a merry Christmas? Will 2007 be a good year? Will you get that promotion? Ask the magic 8-ball....or use Flash and Actionscripting to make your own.

Ask the Magic 8-Ball: Using Flash to Create a Magic 8-Ball Application
Will you have a merry Christmas? Will 2007 be a good year? Will you get that promotion? Ask the magic 8-ball....or use Flash and Actionscripting to make your own.

Ask the Magic 8-Ball: Using Flash to Create a Magic 8-Ball Application
Will you have a merry Christmas? Will 2007 be a good year? Will you get that promotion? Ask the magic 8-ball....or use Flash and Actionscripting to make your own.

Ask the Magic 8-Ball: Using Flash to Create a Magic 8-Ball Application
Will you have a merry Christmas? Will 2007 be a good year? Will you get that promotion? Ask the magic 8-ball....or use Flash and Actionscripting to make your own.

Ask the Magic 8-Ball: Using Flash to Create a Magic 8-Ball Application
Will you have a merry Christmas? Will 2007 be a good year? Will you get that promotion? Ask the magic 8-ball....or use Flash and Actionscripting to make your own.

Ask the Magic 8-Ball: Using Flash to Create a Magic 8-Ball Application
Will you have a merry Christmas? Will 2007 be a good year? Will you get that promotion? Ask the magic 8-ball....or use Flash and Actionscripting to make your own.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Detailed Animation Part II
Now that we've used Flash to create a basic rough-sketched animation of our desired motion, it's time to start layering a little detail on top of it to flesh everything out.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Detailed Animation Part II
Now that we've used Flash to create a basic rough-sketched animation of our desired motion, it's time to start layering a little detail on top of it to flesh everything out.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Detailed Animation Part II
Now that we've used Flash to create a basic rough-sketched animation of our desired motion, it's time to start layering a little detail on top of it to flesh everything out.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Detailed Animation Part II
Now that we've used Flash to create a basic rough-sketched animation of our desired motion, it's time to start layering a little detail on top of it to flesh everything out.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Detailed Animation Part II
Now that we've used Flash to create a basic rough-sketched animation of our desired motion, it's time to start layering a little detail on top of it to flesh everything out.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Detailed Animation Part II
Now that we've used Flash to create a basic rough-sketched animation of our desired motion, it's time to start layering a little detail on top of it to flesh everything out.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Detailed Animation Part II
Now that we've used Flash to create a basic rough-sketched animation of our desired motion, it's time to start layering a little detail on top of it to flesh everything out.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Detailed Animation Part II
Now that we've used Flash to create a basic rough-sketched animation of our desired motion, it's time to start layering a little detail on top of it to flesh everything out.

Flash Frame-By-Frame Animation: Detailed Animation Part II
Now that we've used Flash to create a basic rough-sketched animation of our desired motion, it's time to start layering a little detail on top of it to flesh everything out.

Rendering from Cinema 4D using After Effects
How can you use After Effects to make rendering out of Cinema 4D easy while at the same time pushing your style? Find out!

Seriously? Clutch Cargo: The Weirdest Cartoon I've Seen
Take a weird trip down memory lane as we check out Clutch Cargo, one of the weirdest TV cartoons I've ever seen.

Late to the Party: Steven Universe
I'm late to the party of watching Steven Universe, and to be honest I wasn't expecting to like it. I was wrong.

Animation Spotlight: Cartoon Brew
Cartoon Brew is one of my favorite animation blogs, it balances both the commercial and independent scene well, so check it out!

Cinema 4D: Basic LIghting
Adding lights in Cinema 4D is easy, one click and you're going. In most cases though, that's not enough.

Cinema 4D: Adding Texture to Your Objects
How do you make and apply textures to objects in Cinema 4D?

How to Make a GIF in Photoshop
You love GIFS! Now learn how to make them in Photoshop!

Getting Started in Cinema 4D
A quick intro to Cinema 4D where we make a cube, a floor, and a light and see it's render preview.

An Introduction to Cinema 4D, My Favorite CG Program
Why is Cinema 4D my preferred computer animation tool? Because it's great that's why! Also other reasons.

Animation History: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Examine an abridged history and impact that Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs had on the world of animation.

Make Something Every Day
Making something every day will shock you at how quickly your skills improve, give it a try!

New School is Old School
Computer animation is new and exciting, but it's based on all the same principles that were created when animation first started.

What is an Animation Style Guide?
What is a style guide and how does it help bring people together to create one cohesive animation? Let's find out!

You're Gonna Fail, It's a Good Thing!
Failing is not fun, but it's important. It's still not fun though.

How to Work Within a Budget
When your budget is so low you could cry, how do you still make work or satisfy a client?

Show Don't Tell
Character design is important, but character movement can make or break them.

There's No Silver Bullet in Animation
If there is no one stop shop to get into the industry, how do you get in? You decide!

Creating Your Best Work Habits
How can you improve your work habits so you get more done?

Make The Most of Your Animation Portfolio
How can you use your portfolio to it's best potential?

Pricing Your Freelance
What is important when you think about pricing yourself for freelance animation?

Combining Hand Drawn Animation
How can blending modes help you combine hand drawn animation? Easily that's how!

The 3 Steps of Traditional Animation
Traditional character animation can be broken down into 3 main steps, but what are they?

People are Nice, You Should Email Them!
Reaching out to people in the industry can be intimidating, it can also be rewarding!

To Intern or Not To Intern? That Is the Question!
Internships. We all know them, we all want one. But do we really?

Looking Outside the World of Animation
The animation industry has a tendency to look at animation, but maybe we should be looking at film too.

The Dreaded "Portfolio Booster"
Should you ever do work for free as a portfolio booster? Spoiler alert: No!

Breaking Down Disney's 12 Principles of Animation
What are the 12 principles of animation? Are they really all great? Of course not!

Animation and the Art of Professional Wrestling
What does professional wrestling have to do with animation? It's all in the impacts!

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

Computer Animation and Perfect Imperfection
Why do animations sometimes look so

Animation Spotlight: Every Frame a Painting
Every Frame a Painting is a YouTube channel that has encouraged my growth in animation more than any other I've found.

What Are Frames Per Second?
What are frames per second? And why should I care?

The Best Way To Improve With Each Animation
What's the best way to improve with each animation you make? Goals just for you.

The Best Way to Make Your First Stop Motion Armature
The best way to make your first stop motion armature that's easy, quick, durable, and animate-able!

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Flash Tip: Embedding Your SWF in a Web Page
If you're publishing for the web, you'll need to be able to insert your SWF file into your website, right? Here's a quick guide that will help you figure out how.

What Salary Can an Animator Expect?
Not a week goes by when someone doesn't ask how much money an animator makes. What kind of salary should an animator expect?

How To Create An Animation Flip Book
Ever tried to make a animation flip book? It's not nearly as complicated as it seems, and can be a good way to practice your animation principles by using unorthodox sequential animations instead of keyframes and in-betweens.

Difference Between AutoCAD and Other 3D Programs
CAD programs seem like just another type of 3D animation software - but really, what's the difference? Why do CAD programs get their own special classification?

Choosing Animation Materials
There are a lot of factors that go into choosing a material to animate it, let's see what's most important!

Flash Tip: Onion-Skinning Animation
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.

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

Flash Tip: Motion Tweening Expanded: Easing
Another way to control your Flash motion tweens is through an option called Easing.

Glossary: Tween


Animation Smears: Ugly is Beautiful
What are animation smears? And why do you want me to make my frames ugly? Find out why it's the best to be a mess!

What's a Zoetrope?
What if there was animation before animation existed? Enter the zoetrope.

Traditional Animation Paper Problems
What's the easiest way to get into traditional animating on paper? Not spending 1000 dollars on a hole punch to start...

Drawing in Flash With a Graphics Tablet - Tutorial
If you've been working in Flash for any period of time, by now you've probably realized that mouse-drawing anything beyond a basic pre-defined shape can be pretty time-consuming, and pretty difficult, if not downright impossible (and maddening). I'd recommend getting a graphics tablet.

Glossary: Key Frame
An animation key frame is a single still image in an animated sequence that occurs at an important point in that sequence.

Animation Software Review: AnimatorDV Stop-Motion Animation Software
AnimatorDV is a stop-motion animation program that could convince even those who hate stop-motion to give it a try.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.3: Main Tools Overview
The third part of our first lesson in 3D Studio Max's tools covers the panel of primary tools taking up the right-hand side of the interface. These are the main tools that you will use to create, modify, and control your objects.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.3: Main Tools Overview
The third part of our first lesson in 3D Studio Max's tools covers the panel of primary tools taking up the right-hand side of the interface. These are the main tools that you will use to create, modify, and control your objects.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.3: Main Tools Overview
The third part of our first lesson in 3D Studio Max's tools covers the panel of primary tools taking up the right-hand side of the interface. These are the main tools that you will use to create, modify, and control your objects.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.3: Main Tools Overview
The third part of our first lesson in 3D Studio Max's tools covers the panel of primary tools taking up the right-hand side of the interface. These are the main tools that you will use to create, modify, and control your objects.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.3: Main Tools Overview
The third part of our first lesson in 3D Studio Max's tools covers the panel of primary tools taking up the right-hand side of the interface. These are the main tools that you will use to create, modify, and control your objects.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.3: Main Tools Overview
The third part of our first lesson in 3D Studio Max's tools covers the panel of primary tools taking up the right-hand side of the interface. These are the main tools that you will use to create, modify, and control your objects.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.3: Main Tools Overview
The third part of our first lesson in 3D Studio Max's tools covers the panel of primary tools taking up the right-hand side of the interface. These are the main tools that you will use to create, modify, and control your objects.

Flash Animation 10: Creating a New Scene
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.

Flash Animation 10: Creating a New Scene
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.

Flash Animation 10: Creating a New Scene
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.

Flash Animation 10: Creating a New Scene
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.

Flash Animation 10: Creating a New Scene
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.

Flash Animation 10: Creating a New Scene
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.

Glossary: 2D Animation
2D animation is the creation of moving pictures in a two-dimensional environment, such as through

Animation Planning Tip: Storyboarding
Using a storyboard will help you organize your animation, and match you mental visualizations of scenes with the written script. If you use a storyboard you'll find that you'll be able to plan your animations more cohesively with clear marker points to show progress, and you'll save yourself a lot of time and trouble when struggling to make the entire thing come together from beginning to end.

Flash Tip: Reverse Timeline Frames
It's possible to switch the order of Flash timeline frames without manually moving them

Animation Character Sheet/Character Breakdown Basics
Before you start animating, it's a good idea to draw up a character sheet/character breakdown of the subject of your animation, both for reference and to familiarize you with drawing different views. Let's take a look at the basics for a character sheet.

Animation Character Sheet/Character Breakdown Basics
Before you start animating, it's a good idea to draw up a character sheet/character breakdown of the subject of your animation, both for reference and to familiarize you with drawing different views. Let's take a look at the basics for a character sheet.

Animation Character Sheet/Character Breakdown Basics
Before you start animating, it's a good idea to draw up a character sheet/character breakdown of the subject of your animation, both for reference and to familiarize you with drawing different views. Let's take a look at the basics for a character sheet.

Animation Character Sheet/Character Breakdown Basics
Before you start animating, it's a good idea to draw up a character sheet/character breakdown of the subject of your animation, both for reference and to familiarize you with drawing different views. Let's take a look at the basics for a character sheet.

Animation Character Sheet/Character Breakdown Basics
Before you start animating, it's a good idea to draw up a character sheet/character breakdown of the subject of your animation, both for reference and to familiarize you with drawing different views. Let's take a look at the basics for a character sheet.

Animation Character Sheet/Character Breakdown Basics
Before you start animating, it's a good idea to draw up a character sheet/character breakdown of the subject of your animation, both for reference and to familiarize you with drawing different views. Let's take a look at the basics for a character sheet.

Animation Tip: Walk vs. Run
One of the most basic principles of animation is the walk cycle; it's often the first thing beginning animators will tackle, and mastering the walk cycle - which is a breakdown of the basic stages of a single step - is one of the first hurdles in mastering the art of animation. But what about the run cycle?

Digicel Flipbook 6 2D Animation Software - Review
DigiCel Flipbook is an animation software package that creates an animation studio, complete with tools, on your desktop.

2D Animation Tricks for a Distinctive Style
You've probably seen some pretty cool 2D animations that use style tricks a little different from the standard side-scrolling, black-lined textbook animation. There are tons of ways to make your animation stand out using unique tricks and experiments; here are a few pointers you can try.

What Is a 3D Polygon?
You've heard of polygons in geometry, but what do they mean in 3d modeling and animation?

Which Is Better: Working for an Animation Studio, or Freelancing?
As with many industries, animation doesn't have one set career path. Considering the breadth of specialties covered by the term

Animation Software Review: Pivot Stickfigure Animator
Creating a stickfigure animation isn't as easy as it looks, especially in detailed programs such as Flash. In a custom-built program just for that, though, it's so simple it's painful - and that's where Pivot Stickfigure Animator comes in.

Flash Tip: The Trace Bitmap Function
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.

Flash Professional 8 Animation Software Review
While Macromedia Flash 8 is a great program that continues the tradition of excellence begun by its previous incarnations, upgrading from Flash MX isn't really essential to continue animating and developing effectively.

Animated GIFs or Flash SWFs for Publishing
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.

Flash Animation 3: Fireworks E-card
Since the Fourth of July is coming up, let’s make a “Happy 4th” E-card, complete with animated fireworks. This will be a two-part lesson; the first will cover drawing the scene and creating the static fireworks, and the second will cover animating the fireworks bursting and adding animated text.

Flash Animation 3: Fireworks E-card
Since the Fourth of July is coming up, let’s make a “Happy 4th” E-card, complete with animated fireworks. This will be a two-part lesson; the first will cover drawing the scene and creating the static fireworks, and the second will cover animating the fireworks bursting and adding animated text.

Flash Animation 3: Fireworks E-card
Since the Fourth of July is coming up, let’s make a “Happy 4th” E-card, complete with animated fireworks. This will be a two-part lesson; the first will cover drawing the scene and creating the static fireworks, and the second will cover animating the fireworks bursting and adding animated text.

Flash Animation 3: Fireworks E-card
Since the Fourth of July is coming up, let’s make a “Happy 4th” E-card, complete with animated fireworks. This will be a two-part lesson; the first will cover drawing the scene and creating the static fireworks, and the second will cover animating the fireworks bursting and adding animated text.

Flash Animation 3: Fireworks E-card
Since the Fourth of July is coming up, let’s make a “Happy 4th” E-card, complete with animated fireworks. This will be a two-part lesson; the first will cover drawing the scene and creating the static fireworks, and the second will cover animating the fireworks bursting and adding animated text.

Flash Animation 3: Fireworks E-card
Since the Fourth of July is coming up, let’s make a “Happy 4th” E-card, complete with animated fireworks. This will be a two-part lesson; the first will cover drawing the scene and creating the static fireworks, and the second will cover animating the fireworks bursting and adding animated text.

Flash Animation 3: Fireworks E-card
Since the Fourth of July is coming up, let’s make a “Happy 4th” E-card, complete with animated fireworks. This will be a two-part lesson; the first will cover drawing the scene and creating the static fireworks, and the second will cover animating the fireworks bursting and adding animated text.

Flash Animation 3: Fireworks E-card
Since the Fourth of July is coming up, let’s make a “Happy 4th” E-card, complete with animated fireworks. This will be a two-part lesson; the first will cover drawing the scene and creating the static fireworks, and the second will cover animating the fireworks bursting and adding animated text.

Flash Animation 3: Fireworks E-card
Since the Fourth of July is coming up, let’s make a “Happy 4th” E-card, complete with animated fireworks. This will be a two-part lesson; the first will cover drawing the scene and creating the static fireworks, and the second will cover animating the fireworks bursting and adding animated text.

Flash Animation 3: Fireworks E-card
Since the Fourth of July is coming up, let’s make a “Happy 4th” E-card, complete with animated fireworks. This will be a two-part lesson; the first will cover drawing the scene and creating the static fireworks, and the second will cover animating the fireworks bursting and adding animated text.

Is Clothing and Hair on 3D Models Created Individually?
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?

iClone by Reallusion Animation Software - Review
iClone reminds me a great deal of Bryce's Poser, but advanced to the next level. Even the newest beginning animator can dive right in and have fun tweaking the preset models to create and animate your own

The Easiest Way to Make Kinetic Typography
How do text animators work in After Effects to easily let you create kinetic typography?

3D Studio Max Main Tool Bar - A Basic Overview
In this tutorial, we'll take a look at parts of the 3D Studio Max version 4.26 environment and help you to get more familiar with the tool panels.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.1: A Basic Overview of 3DSMax's Main Tool Bar
In this set of tutorials, we'll just be taking a look at the environment of 3D Studio Max version 4.26, and helping you to get more familiar with the tool panels, how to navigate them, and how to use the sets of basic tools you'll need to begin animating.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.1: A Basic Overview of 3DSMax's Main Tool Bar
In this set of tutorials, we'll just be taking a look at the environment of 3D Studio Max version 4.26, and helping you to get more familiar with the tool panels, how to navigate them, and how to use the sets of basic tools you'll need to begin animating.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.1: A Basic Overview of 3DSMax's Main Tool Bar
In this set of tutorials, we'll just be taking a look at the environment of 3D Studio Max version 4.26, and helping you to get more familiar with the tool panels, how to navigate them, and how to use the sets of basic tools you'll need to begin animating.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.1: A Basic Overview of 3DSMax's Main Tool Bar
In this set of tutorials, we'll just be taking a look at the environment of 3D Studio Max version 4.26, and helping you to get more familiar with the tool panels, how to navigate them, and how to use the sets of basic tools you'll need to begin animating.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.1: A Basic Overview of 3DSMax's Main Tool Bar
In this set of tutorials, we'll just be taking a look at the environment of 3D Studio Max version 4.26, and helping you to get more familiar with the tool panels, how to navigate them, and how to use the sets of basic tools you'll need to begin animating.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.1: A Basic Overview of 3DSMax's Main Tool Bar
In this set of tutorials, we'll just be taking a look at the environment of 3D Studio Max version 4.26, and helping you to get more familiar with the tool panels, how to navigate them, and how to use the sets of basic tools you'll need to begin animating.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.1: A Basic Overview of 3DSMax's Main Tool Bar
In this set of tutorials, we'll just be taking a look at the environment of 3D Studio Max version 4.26, and helping you to get more familiar with the tool panels, how to navigate them, and how to use the sets of basic tools you'll need to begin animating.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.1: A Basic Overview of 3DSMax's Main Tool Bar
In this set of tutorials, we'll just be taking a look at the environment of 3D Studio Max version 4.26, and helping you to get more familiar with the tool panels, how to navigate them, and how to use the sets of basic tools you'll need to begin animating.

3D Studio Max Lesson 1.1: A Basic Overview of 3DSMax's Main Tool Bar
In this set of tutorials, we'll just be taking a look at the environment of 3D Studio Max version 4.26, and helping you to get more familiar with the tool panels, how to navigate them, and how to use the sets of basic tools you'll need to begin animating.

Action Scripting Basics - Inserting a Simple Stop
The stop command is most likely the most basic of all of Flash's ActionScript commands, and the most essential. It's also a good place to get started with familiarizing yourself with the concepts of working with ActionScripting.

Flash Tip: Action Scripting Basics: Inserting a Simple Stop
The stop command is most likely the most basic of all of Flash's ActionScript commands, and the most essential. It's also a good place to get started with familiarizing yourself with the concepts of working with ActionScripting.

Welcome to After Effects
Setting up a project in After Effects is quick and easy, let's learn the steps to do so.

Project Window
The project window is where all your elements live within your project. Page 2.

Composition Window
The composition window is the stage for your project. Page 3.

Timeline
The timeline is where the layers of your project live as well as the keyframes within them. Page 4.

Preview
Preview window is where you control the playback of your project. Page 5.

Creating A Composition
Create a new composition by clicking the film strip icon at the bottom of your projects window. Page 6.

Composition Settings
The settings to set up your composition to begin your project. Page 7.

Animation Conferences
Looking to meet other animators, graphic artists, and afficionados face-to-face? These links provide information on various conferences worldwide, and the topics to be covered there.

Interactive Materials
Animation.

Computer Animation Job Sites
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.

Recommended Viewing
Settle down and turn on the TV, before popping in these videos or DVDs to enjoy hours of animation and instructional or reference material.

The History of Computer Animation
These articles offer glimpses into the history of computer animation, and how it progressed from the cel to the computer screen.

Lip-Synching For Animation: Basic Phonemes
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.

What Is Drawn-on-Film Animation?
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.

What Are Morph Targets?
Ever wondered how 3D animators manage to smoothly transition and combine facial expressions? Simple answer: by using morph targets.

What Is an Animation Stand?
An animation stand is essential to filming animations, but it isn't as complicated as it might sound.

What Are Structural Lines and Center Lines?
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.

Avoiding the Uncanny Valley: How to Keep Your Animation from Creeping People Out
A trek through the Uncanny Valley can be fatal for a 3d animation, where so much relies on creating empathy with your audience and naturally enabling them to suspend disbelief. So why, if we so often strive for photo-realism in 3d animation, is that realism sometimes a bad thing?

What is Limited Animation?
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.

Why Do My Characters Seem Stiff?
You're trying to draw fluid, expressive characters with a great deal of emotion, but for some reason it's just not working. Why is that?

How Is Animation Timed To Music?
Music is often the cornerstone of the emotion depicted in animations, and can sweep us into the mood of the story even if we aren't consciously aware that the music's even playing. The animation always seems precisely timed to the music, in complex ways that seem almost impossible. But how is that possible?

What is 2.5D Animation?
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.

What Are Good Supplementary Courses For An Animation Major?
Looking to add an extra edge to your animations and refine your abilities while you work towards your degree? You'd be surprised how a few extra classes in seemingly unrelated areas can help you build on your talents and add that extra level of depth to your work.

What Are Standard Units Of Measurement In 3D Animation?
When working in 3D animation, should you model in centimeters, inches, miles, feet? How do you pick a standard of measurement? What's the default?

Are Animation Frames Really Hand-Painted?
Is hand-painting still the standard for 2D animation, or have digital methods overtaken the traditional days of acetate and acrylic?

Why Do My 3D Models All Look Like Plastic?
If you don't know how to use maps and lighting in your 3D modeling program, you're doing yourself a disservice. If you've perfected your modeling skills yet can't get rid of that plastic look, this just might be why.

How Do I Vary Line Weight In My Animations?
Line weight is a subtle but invaluable way to add depth and polish to your animation, as long as it's properly used. But how do you create line weight? How do you change it?

How Do I Get Into Animation School?
Trying to figure out how to get into animation school? Just like any other college, there are a few requirements - and while some are the same, others are wildly different.

What Is Pin / Pinscreen Animation?
Creating an animation using pointillism would be insanely difficult...but even more difficult if all those

What Is Sand Animation?
You've probably heard the term

What Is Silhouette Animation?
Some things are fairly self-explanatory, and silhouette animation is one of them - though the classical definition of it may not be what you think.

How to Use a Light Table for Animation
So you have a light table - but are you using it to its full potential to help you in your traditional animation work?

Storytelling For Animation
Animating is about much more than just sequencing frames together to create motion. It's about telling a story - and it takes quite a bit of thought, imagination, and planning to make sure it's a good one.

Glossary: Flip Book
A flip book is a book of pages in which sequences of an animation are drawn, on at a time, on each page.

Animation Careers Outside of Entertainment: Medical Animation
Medical animation is probably one of the most exacting, difficult paths that you can follow in the animation field--but if it suits your tastes, then it can also be one of the most rewarding.

Getting to Know Flash CS5: The Default Properties Panel
The Flash CS5 Document Properties panel displays the file name and lets you change the default properties of the stage, timeline, etc.

A Parent’s Guide to Key Words in Japanese Import Media
Do you know what your kids are talking about when they tell their friends that they just bought a yaoi manga? What about the new anime you just brought home at your child's request, with

A Parent's Guide to Key Words in Japanese Import Media
Do you know what your kids are talking about when they tell their friends that they just bought a yaoi manga? What about the new anime you just brought home at your child's request, with

How is the United States economic situation affecting the animation industry?
With so many industries suffering in the current economic situation, how will animators fare?

How to Choose an Animation Software Package
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?

Voice Acting for Animation
We know how animators make characters move - but how do they make them talk?

Flash Tip: Program Tools: Arrow Tool and Subselection Tool
The Arrow and Subselection tools let you select and manipulate your shapes in different ways. Page 2.

Flash Tip: Bandwidth Profiler
The Bandwidth Profiler will give you statistics on how your SWF file will behave when loaded over a specified connection speed. Page 2.

Flash Tip: Bandwidth Profiler
The Bandwidth Profiler will give you statistics on how your SWF file will behave when loaded over a specified connection speed. Page 3.

Changing a Flash Symbol Type / Symbol Properties
Once you create a Flash symbol, its properties aren't set in stone. Page 2.

Changing a Flash Symbol Type / Symbol Properties
Once you create a Flash symbol, its properties aren't set in stone. Page 3.

Changing a Flash Symbol Type / Symbol Properties
Once you create a Flash symbol, its properties aren't set in stone. Page 4.

Flash Tip: Program Tools: Free Transform Tool
Use the Free Transform Tool to scale and change your shapes in any number of ways. Page 2.

Flash Tip: Program Tools: Lasso Tool
The Lasso Tool is a free selection tool that lets you select all or parts of your shapes in various fashions. Page 2.

Flash Tip: Shape Hints
Shape Hints make it easier for Flash to interpret how it's supposed to morph one complex shape into another in a shape tween. Page 2.

Flash Tip: Shape Hints
Shape Hints make it easier for Flash to interpret how it's supposed to morph one complex shape into another in a shape tween. Page 3.

Flash Tip: Shape Hints
Shape Hints make it easier for Flash to interpret how it's supposed to morph one complex shape into another in a shape tween. Page 4.

Flash Tip: Shape Hints
Shape Hints make it easier for Flash to interpret how it's supposed to morph one complex shape into another in a shape tween. Page 5.

Flash Tip: Program Tools: Smooth and Straighten
Use the Smooth and Straighten options to clean up the artwork that you create in Flash. Page 2.

Flash Tip: Program Tools: Smooth and Straighten
Use the Smooth and Straighten options to clean up the artwork that you create in Flash. Page 3.