From Seed to Plant

Lesson 1: From Seed to Plant

In this video, we will demonstrate how to animate a growing flower, focusing on the frame duplication technique. Starting with an initial sketch, then add to it bit by bit to create a flower growing animation.

By learning how to import a background image, select colors from the image with eyedropper and utilise background layer, you can gradually build on your animation knowledge and techniques to create fantastic work.

Flying Bees

Lesson 2: Flying Bees

In the last tutorial, we looked at some fundamental principles of animation and the ways to make basic animated clips. Today we are going to show you how to make an animation about a flying bee, as well as share with you some useful animation tips to create different effects.

This tutorial focuses on three of the Twelve Basic Principles of Animation: Timing and Spacing, Slow In and Slow Out, and Arc. These principles are explained carefully using different examples and applied to create an animation about a flying bee. By integrating these important and fundamental principles of animation to your work, it would bring your work to live, making the animation smoother and more dynamic.

Space Flight

Lesson 3: Space Flight

In this tutorial we will be applying the "Inbetweening" animation technique to the making of a flying spaceship animation.

The "inbetweening" technique is extremely popular and straightforward. It would help you structure your creation process as well as create great animation results. It involves the process of making the transitional frames between two separate objects in order to clearly and smoothly show the evolution of the first object into the second object. By sketching out a few core frames right at the beginning, they act as good guidelines for you to continue drawing the rest of the "inbetween" frames. We will demonstrate how to make a dynamic animation about a spaceship flying in space whilst applying this technique.

Gilding Cars

Lesson 4: Gliding Cars

This week we are really pushing the boundary and encouraging you to be even more creative and imaginative. You will be learning about the cutout animation technique. This technique has been used for a long time to produce animation using flat objects, characters, props and backgrounds cut from different images. Previously real scissors would be used to physically cut out the components but now it is digitalised and completed using a computer.

In the tutorial, we will show you how to use the stamp tool in Animation Desk to capture different components we will be using in the animation. We will gather together the pieces to create animation with a pilot flying a plane. The aim is to create a looping GIF animation made from many different elements.

Gilding Cars

Lesson 5: Fruits and Veg! Action!

You must have come across a flip book when you were younger and found yourself flicking it over and over again in amazement because the objects were 'moving'. That forms the basic principle of stop-motion animation - what we will be teaching you in this week's tutorial. We will also be showing you how Animation Desk is a great tool for making stop-motion animation.

Stop-motion animation is one of the oldest technique in the history of animation creation and it has been around for more than 100 years. It is extremely popular within the filming industry, its principle is very straightforward; it involves taking a picture of some objects, moving them slightly, taking another picture and repeating the above steps many more times. When you string these images together and play them quickly, the objects will appear to have moved. That's how stop-motion animation is created.

Using the built-in camera feature in Animation Desk, we are going to show you how to make a stop-motion animation of dancing fruits and veg in no time!

Gilding Cars

Lesson 6: Squash and Stretch

#AD4EVER Back to Basic tutorial series is coming to an end. We hope that everyone has learnt a lot in the past 5 tutorials and that your animation knowledge has grown. Besides just teaching you some classic animation techniques, we hope that we have also inspired you to make your own animation.

This week, we are ending this series with another classic animation technique, the Stretch and Squash technique. It is one of the Twelve Basic Principles of Animation introduced by Disney animators, as mentioned in tutorial 2. This technique is crucial in bringing your animation to life!

The principle of Stretch and Squash focuses on the shape of the objects in the animation. When objects are moving, if we stretch and squash its shape, it would create a more defined and animated illusion of movement, adding more dynamic and drama to the animation.

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