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Macromedia Flash Animation & Cartooning

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Master Flash animation and cartooning using this complete hands-on guide. You'll discover shortcuts for drawing heads and bodies,developing your own characters,and learn to incorporate movie techniques—all from a real-world animator and video producer. Including an 8-page color insert which details the stages of the animation process,this book serves as practical tutorial to creating dazzling images and ...
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Overview

Master Flash animation and cartooning using this complete hands-on guide. You'll discover shortcuts for drawing heads and bodies,developing your own characters,and learn to incorporate movie techniques—all from a real-world animator and video producer. Including an 8-page color insert which details the stages of the animation process,this book serves as practical tutorial to creating dazzling images and characters using Flash.

Bring Cartoons and Animation to Life!

Open new worlds of creativity with Flash­­—one of the most versatile graphical applications available. Macromedia Flash Animation & Cartooning: A Creative Guide will help you learn professional cartooning techniques and create dynamic animated content for the Internet as well as offline. Learn basic formulas for drawing heads and bodies,and the best methods for developing memorable and functional Flash cartoon characters. Discover how motion can help bring a Web site to life,attracting interest and repeat visits. From easy-to-learn illustration and animation techniques,to the details of effectively running the application,this insightful resource will help you accomplish more with Flash animation.

  • Conceive,create,and publish professional Flash cartoons
  • Make the Flash interface your personal creative tool
  • Acquire the production skills to effectively animate your work
  • Infuse your movie with transition effects,dolly shots,and other Hollywood techniques
  • Generate reusable ActionScript and other time-savers
  • Use industry shortcuts and proven illustration techniques
  • Develop exciting animations and rich media content that can be streamed over the Web andviewed in a variety of formats
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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 Jersey–based 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072133233
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Cartooning and Animation
1 Introduction to Cartooning
2 The Cartoon Head
3 The Character Body
4 Character Types
5 Character Development: The Finishing Touches
Part II: Flash
6 Flash: What It Is and What It*s Not
7 Introduction to Animation
8 Drawing and Painting in Flash
9 Using Flash to Animate
10 Advanced Techniques
11 Cheating Your Audience the Right Way
12 Cartoon Talk
Part III: Production
13 Scripting
14 The Production Process
15 Cinematography in Flash
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