You may have watched a movie or an animation that you wish you could be behind its creation. Maybe, you wish to know or even have the basics of using flash applications to create a simple animation. Or maybe you want to get basic knowledge to help you make a rational decision on whether to join the field of animation. The good news is that, with good flash animation tips and tricks for beginners, you can achieve all these wishes. As a prospective flash animator, here are a few things that if properly done can help you get it easy while doing flash animations.
- Ensure you have flash animation tools such as Flash Professional, installed in your computer
In flash animation, the tools you use have a say in the milestones you achieve. Therefore, before you can get into flash animation, look for the necessary software tools to support your ambitions. One such tool is the Adobe or Macromedia Flash professional software. With it, you shall enjoy using a cool animation interface laden with hundreds of animating options and tools. Furthermore, with Flash professional software, you won’t be limited to the features you can access from this flash animation software.
- Seek to get the basic understanding of frame by frame flash animation
Frame by frame animation is considered the basic method of creating flash animations. This method involves the use of a single image on different frames, though with a bit of modification of the image on each frame. Once you play these frames together, you get to see as though the images are moving. If you learn these basics, you will find it easy to work with other simpler flash animation methods like tweening.
- Make your assets beforehand
You may require a number of assets in the course of doing your animations. For instance, during the creation of flash frames, you’ll require some images for every frame you create. Therefore, ensure you have modified these images earlier than the time you intend to create motion pictures.
While modifying these images, it is important to try and maintain the image quality. As such, use the vector method rather than the raster option in resizing the images. One advantage with using vectors in resizing is that images redraw themselves after scaling.
The other asset you may require in your flash animation is background sound. Therefore, ensure it is readily available before you start creating your animation. You can also pre-prepare it for your animation by cutting out unnecessary parts that may not be required in your animation.
- Decide the length and quality of your animation
While creating any flash animation, remember its length depends on the number frames you create and incorporate into it; more frames in an animation translate to longer animation. The other thing you need to do is to have as many frames as possible in every second of the animation to promote smoothness in its transition.
- Remember to continually save your work
I have heard many graphic designers complain that they have lost their animation projects due to power loss or after their flash software crash. I am sure you wouldn’t want to be one of them. Therefore, make it a habit to save your work every time you make a change to your animation project. By just pressing CTRL+S on your keyboard, you will guard yourself against a potential loss of your project.