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More than any previous technology, Flash gives you a new, low-cost way to create cartoons and deliver them to the public (as long as you don't care whether you're paid for it!) Of course, you still have to know what you're doing. There are basic animation skills to learn. And Flash skills (including ActionScript). Plus, you need a clear understanding of animation workflow, from scripting through post-production. Macromedia Flash Animation & Cartooning brings all those skills together in one book.
Well-known freelance animator Ibis Fernandez begins with a thorough overview of cartoon character development: heads (traditional, modern, male, female, and weird); facial expressions; bodies; character types; and the finishing touches that can really make your characters memorable.
Next, you'll put your animation skills to work in Flash. There's coverage of animation cycles; matching speech to movement; sound effects; and a full chapter on ActionScript for cartooning. (Fernandez also introduces Toon Boom Studio, new 2-D web animation software that exports Flash movies but gives you powerful control over your entire workflow.)
The book includes expert introductions to scripting and storytelling, animation production, exporting files (including minimizing file size), and post-production issues. It's the new bible for Flash cartoonists. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jerseybased marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.