Cartoon Animation Tutorial
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Learn to create
a Cartoon Animation
not even
knowing to draw !

18 Lessons Index

Site with decomposition of movement (from Muybridge's book) :

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Attention : This Tutorial has been written in the year 2003, for the program Macromedia Flash 4 ou 5 whose you will find a demo free version on the introduction page . I don't have the time to make a new version of this tutorial each time Flash is muting but it is not really a problem. Here you will learn the basic principles, valuables for all the next Flash versions.
Introduction : download the movie flash
  1. Lesson 1 : open the movie flash
  2. Lesson 2 : create a new layer
  3. Lesson 3 : draw straight lines
  4. Lesson 4 : modify straight lines
  5. Lesson 5 : trace the head and the body
  6. Lesson 6 : trace the eyes
  7. Lesson 7 : repositioning the body
  8. Lesson 8 : trace the legs
  9. Lesson 9 : smooth the lines
  10. Lesson 10 : change layers
  11. Lesson 11 : trace the pupils
  12. Lesson 12 : positioning the legs
  13. Lesson 13 : switch on to movie mode
  14. Lesson 14 : positioning the animation
  15. Lesson 15 : create the final animation
  16. Lesson 16 : example 1 : walking Kohlrabi
  17. Lesson 17 : example 2 : flying blue bird
  18. Lesson 18 : import and trace bitmap
Bibliography - to go futher : Two Books on Animation with Flash

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many magnificent
Preston Blair's
animation models
in animated gifs
you can import
into Flash
to create your
own animations
in the
Preston Blair Gif Gallery


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Unzipping Files
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these files you'll need
the following tools :
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Get Stuffit Expander

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