ANIMATION TECHNIQUES / Buttons + Assignment Progress / Term 3, Week 3

This week on animation class we learned about button type of symbol. We also learned how to insert script, as well as animating the button and giving it functions. While not very extensive, here are some screenshots that I took during the class.

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Create a shape with your shape tool. As usual, click right on the shape and select “Convert to Symbol”. Choose the “Button” type and rename it to bt_(number) so that it doesn’t confuse you in the process.
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On your timeline, you’ll see “up over down hit”. These determine the button’s response to the cursor. Up means how the button is normally displayed, Over when a cursor hovers above it, Down when it is clicked. Hit is the area that would respond to the cursor click. If you change the Up and Over state into different colors, you can bring the button to the scene, create the .swf file and see how it response to the cursor.

 

(Left: Over, Right: Up)

Other than changing color you can also change the size, shape, or even add extra animation by converting the button to grahic symbol and animating it in a movie clip.

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Adding a chat bubble animation on the Over state of the button.

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Placing script so that the buttons have function & clicking it will show you with a new page/scene/animation sequence. (Go to Code Snippets to load the pre-installed scripts)
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For this, we use the “Click to go to frame and play” script. (After adding a layer of labelled frames)

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Assignment 2

Create an official movie website (animation sequence at the beginning, with 4 buttons which leads to the following pages: Synopsis, Cast & Crew, Download, Contact)

30/06/2016

I decided that I’d be making a movie website for Fate/Zero Movie (it is originally a two season anime series) – I’d be making up the sequel movie for the anime series because I’m totally obsessed with the story as well as the animation & visuals throughout the whole series.

Image collected for animating it so far:

I want to have all 5 pages (home page & 4 other pages) begin with a short animation sequence (animation on homepage will be the longest). I’ll try to do this with the jpeg images, not vectors because I want them to look realistic, but if it doesn’t turn out well then I’ll be doing the vector artworks to be animated.

01/07/2016

Homepage animation sequence (draft)

-Sword disappearing w/ yellow lights sequence needs to be improved (somehow)

-Text transition to orange sky needs to be smoother

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Synopsis page (Moving / zoomed in white lights)

02/07/2016

-Title of m0vie added to homepage

-Synopsis button added

-When clicked, it leads to the Synopsis page (Synopsis text not placed yet)

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IDEAS GENERATION / Assignment Progress / Term 3, Week 3

Knowing the size of paperback & hardcover books

PAPERBACK SIZE

This week we will be starting on our novel cover and there has been a lot of confusion on whether to have the final output done manually (literally cut and paste on a fabric-covered hardcover book), manual aided with digital means (cut and paste some of the elements of the book cover, and then scan it, edit some parts and print it on a fabric) or entirely digital (montage and fabric texture added with Photoshop, and then printed on eggshell / textured paper). For the sake of time-saving and considering other assignments that we do need to work on this week and during the holiday, doing the cover by Photoshop (later layouted on InDesign) is by far the easiest solution and allows many variations on the cover design to be done.

Current image stock for the bookcover

(Missing elements: typeface for title, moon, and perhaps mini floating heads of the book’s characters)

28/06/2016

Current progress so far:

BOOK COVER DESIGN
Photoshop edit
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Layouting on InDesign

Right now I feel like there are too much details going on the front cover (background texture is heavy, donut is glazed and has its own texture, moon is also so detailed) and the elements sort of clash badly. (And the back cover looks too minimalist for the front cover.)

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Typeface used for the title- Faza found a suitable typeface off the internet (which eliminates the need to create a brand new type by our own)

28/06/2016 (night, updated 29/06/2016 morning)

QC with Ms. Claudia on the current cover progress

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The feedback we received is that the texture is too heavy (would be better with just solid color), title arrangement could be more playful (looks too aligned & stiff right now). Ms Claduia picked the 2nd typeface (out of the four options, can be seen in picture above) for author name.

We were given some references to make the title look more playful.

 

01/07/2016

Book cover variations (following up the QC)

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Removed the heavy texture and placed solid color instead (for front cover). Color looks off & cover looks too plain now.
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Brought back the texture but a more suttle one, and changed the circle on back cover to black. Circle doesn’t work out well.
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Colored circle back to white, and added an accent on 1/4 upper part of the circle. Accent are supposed to be books aligned together loosely on a shelf, with one book which color is different from the rest & is kind of tilted.
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Removed the accent on the circle, added a cotton candy texture on the bottom part of the back cover instead to compliment the cloudy font that we used for the title.

Below are some references and inspiration that I looked up on novel cover with dark humor genre.

02/07/2016

BOOK COVER LAYOUT
Book cover layout sort of finalized – will test print tomorrow.

Character design for sheepman & shapeshifter / beautiful lady done by Faza

Trailer progress:

-One scene completed (Boy eating donut) (Scene before: Sheepman hands over donut, Boy takes the donut. Scene after: Jail bars with boy’s hand)

-Gia is working on the backgrounds / scenery art.

Images stock for background reference

 

VISCOM IN GD / Visiting Sekolah Kami / Term 3, Week 2

This week we had a mini field trip to “Sekolah Kami”, a school that caters to the education of children who have to collect trashes for a living. In this field trip we get to see the area that they live in, the humbly adequate facilities of the school and the students themselves.

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The younger students (whom we spent most the time of our visit with) are all so lively. They express eagerness to learn in the school, even with the considerably limited facility when compared to schools in cities. Most of the students who attend this school did not know how to read nor write before; those skills are taught to them in the first grade of school. The school is unable to follow government’s curriculum because of their limited ability to read at 1st & 2nd grade, and the amount of homework and things that have to memorise when using government’s curriculum is simply impossible because these students have to “nyari” (look for trashes to be sold) after school.

Other than academic subjects, they’ve also got art and cooking lessons as well. Honestly, if no one told me beforehand about their living conditions, I’d have assumed that they’re normal students in any public schools in the city. As city folks, we are often so busy with our own things and environment that most of the time we don’t ponder upon things that do exist out there. I personally feel this is a refreshing getaway from all the hectic schedules, deadlines to be met and the hustle of the city.

For the video documentation, I’d like to show the environment and normalcy of the school setting before proceeding to the dirtier, rustier parts of the place and finally, the joy and cheerfulness of the children despite of it. I also want to highlight their excitement on modern technology (most of which they’ve heard of, but never actually tried by themselves). Because the video needs to be 30 sec long only, I have to be very selective with the pictures. I’m currently editing the video on Windows Movie Maker (yes).

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My idea (call it concept if you will) for the video is “live, love, learn.” because of how lovely the kids are (at welcoming our visit). I muse on how they live with a positive view on life despite the fact that their lives aren’t as ‘fortunate’ as children in the city (but if they’re as happy as they are, isn’t it already a fortune?). Their eagerness to learn new things is also a pleasant wakening – we often forget how privileged we are to be able to have new things to seek out and learn. These these three words popped up in my mind while scrawling out the storyboard for video, over a simple lunch of hamburger on the way back to campus.

Hand lettering done by myself, watercolor texture found on Google images

I chose to do hand lettering for this one because I felt it would be a lot more expressive. This would be featured at the end of the video documentation.

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As for the background music, I chose to use “Hyori Ittai” sung by Yuzu, because of the childlike, peaceful and simultaneously wistful feeling to the song. I’m using the instrumental version, and edited (not just trimming!) it to 30secs.

 26/06/2016

Video screenshots

As of today, this is how the video looks like – I’m still working on the transition, and not so sure with the last few pictures that I chose (the transition from scenery to the students seem too abrupt). Will be working on it tomorrow.

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TYPOGRAPHY SKILLS / Lecture + Exercise Progress / Term 3, Week 2

During lecture, we learned more about measurements in typesetting and some tactics to choose your typeface suitably.

Absolute measurement refers to the fixed values (mm, cm, inches, points, picas). These units of measurement are universal and cannot be altered in anyway.

1 inch: 72 points

1 inch: 6 picas

1 pica: 12 points

1 foot: 72 picas

(Pica is the most accurate unit of measurement)

Relative measurements refer to those measurements that depends on the body size of the font. These are the em dash and en dash. Em dash is the width of one M, and en dash is one half of an em wide. Em dash is used in passages, often used to connect extra details / explanation in a sentence. British writing uses space between word and dashes, while American writing doesn’t. En dash is more common in its usage, as it is used to connect dates or times. When read, en dash translates to “to“. (Monday-Wednesday is read as Monday to Wednesday; the dash at the middle is an en dash)

Tips on picking your typeface for an article:

  1. READ THE TEXT BEFORE DESIGNING IT. You need to understand the content before you’re able to pull it out of context and pick a suitable typeface & design a proper layout for it.
  2. DISCOVER THE OUTER LOGIC OF TYPOGRAPHY IN THE INNER LOGIC OF THE TEXT. Analyse the text, map it, bring it out of the content and into the context of typographic interpretation.
  3. MAKE VISIBLE RELATIONSHIP S BETWEEN THE TEXT AND OTHER ELEMENTS (PHOTO, CAPTION, TABLES, DIAGRAM, NOTE) AS A REFLECTION OF THEIR REAL RELATIONSHIP. Decide where the elements are placed on the page – should the body text be flushed on the right side, and the image covering the whole upper half of the page? Where should the diagram be placed then? Where should images or photographs be placed – embedded into the text or have a special section of their own?
  4. CHOOSE A TYPEFACE OR GROUP OF FACES THAT WILL HONOR AND ELUCIDATE THE CHARACTER OF THE TEXT. Don’t pick a typeface merely by the name of the type! (E.g., you can’t just choose the font named “Bicycle” because you’re typesetting a brochure that is about a biking race, or something).
  5. SHAPE THE PAGE AND FRAME AND TEXTBLOCK SO THAT IT HONORS AND REVEALS EVERY ELEMENT, EVERY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ELEMENTS, AND EVERY LOGICAL NUANCE OF THE TEXT. Page layouting and typesetting are related – if you pick a correct typeface but the page is poorly layouted, then it will lose all the dynamics. This will effect the readers who are going to read the page. Shape the page, define the hierarchy, decided whether the page would be symmetrical or asymmetrical, etc.
  6. GIVE FULL TYPOGRAPHIC ATTENTION EVEN TO INCIDENTAL DETAILS. Pay attention to the kerning, tracking, leading. Some preset fonts do have awkward kerning and you’ll just have to set them manually. Some fonts are made especially for headlines and would be hard to read as a body text.

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For our exercise this week, we are required to pick a spread (that has a layout that we like), get the grids and measurements by tracing the spread on a piece of tracing paper, and design a spread with that settings and measurement. (No restriction on the content)

I traced the layout & measurements of a spread from Parson School of Design’s student guidebook. I find the clean layout and usage of white space pleasant and easy on the eye, despite the heavy text content. Image above shows my tracing of the measurements and layout.

Measurements:

Top margin: 3mm

Bottom margin: 5mm

Inside margin: 20mm

Outside margin: 4mm

I haven’t decided on the content for the spread, but I’d either cover something relevant but incredibly unimportant (current talk of Taylor Swift/Tom Hiddleston being together – let’s see if I can find article from gossip magazine about it) or perhaps something more formal and educational. (24/06/2016)

25/06/2016

Article source

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I did two layouts because I am not satisfied with the first one – but the 2nd one looks kind of crowded and cluttered. Might be redoing them again.

26/06/2016

I did three more variations (tweaked small details, shifted some things) since yesterday night and this left me more confused than ever. I’m not completely happy with any of them, so I decided to ask my friend (a fellow graphic designer, worked in Brownfox studio until a while ago) for opinion. She likes the third one most, because the page dynamics is nicer, the flow is correct and pullquote is not too huge. She noticed that the headline is very long, which made me realise why I have been having a problem with it. She said the 2nd layout is also ok (my personal favorite), but both layout (2nd and 3rd) can have a smaller pullquote so that the hierarchy isn’t disturbed.

I’ll print this one to be submitted because I feel that it looks the most balanced, and even though I like the 2nd layout better (because it has less white space- this has so many empty space it makes me feel insecure), I don’t fully trust my own judgement and will take up my friend’s opinion on this matter.

 

28/06/2016

Printed a copy of the spread at Snapy. The cutting was not neat, and I realised I need to use one of the 5 classic typefaces for the spread (oops). Changed the font to Helvetica before I decided on Bodoni (because it looked more appropriate, although I quite dislike the bodytext).

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Used the chance to inspect some alignment problems.
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Helvetica edit
BODONI
Bodoni edit

 

29/06/2016 

Reprinted the spread at a different print shop (Jakarta Copy Center). The ink quality is visibly different.

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Upper print: Jakarta Copy Center, Lower print: Snapy (darker shades)
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Final print (I think the pullout quote looks too close to the body text but I was following the column marks)

Feedback on Week 1’s exercise (Book of Type Terminology)

“More attention on details, technicalities, bleed marks. Good layout.”

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Set bleed marks for all the images that are supposed to cover the whole page.
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Better to have it cut rather than placed so close to the edge; it looks like a mistake.
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Text would be too ragged if not for the “Stem” that balance the empty space on the right.
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Competing hierarchy
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Too close to the edge. Better to lay it out in one line

ANIMATION TECHNIQUES / Assignment Progress / Term 3, Week 2

23/06/2016

 

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Vector work

Current animation: Sun goes down, moon goes up, lights turn on in between, flickering star lights (done with movie clip). Timing needs to be fixed, background / sky need sto be changed

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Working on more vectors, car vector not done yet.

24/06

-Building colors daytime not fixed yet (find reference)

-Sky background daytime not done yet

-Car vector still not done yet

-More buildings & signage needed

25/06/2016 00.41

-McDonald compound not finished yet

-More buildings (landmark imitations in LV?)

27/06/2016 (Updated on 28/06/2016)

Animated car (in-out of the frame) with fast-forwarded morning to night scenery, and blinking lights

Animated car (in-out of the frame) with panned background (not animated)

 

(HOW TO COMBINE THESE TWO I NEED PROFESSIONAL HELP)

DIGITAL IMAGE MANIPULATION / Photo Montage /Term 3, Week 2

Today we learned some ways to manipulate image – by merging images that don’t belong together – on top of changing their color.

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To have a believable image, it is important to choose your images well by selecting those with similar lighting. Of course this is so that the whole photo montage experience would be less challenging because editing lighting is difficult.

An Indonesian fellow named Agan Harahap is infamous for his meticulous edit works, all which narrate interesting and amusing stories. Unless you squint really hard, or you’ve worked with photoshop long enough to heighten your sense of insecurity and general lost of faith in humanity, these pictures look believably realistic.

I think his edit works show the importance of how pictures should be narrating a story, and especially when manipulating image because you can create the story however you want based on your editing (and perhaps the limitation of the materials you’re provided with in correspondence to how crazy your mind is).

As for today’s in class exercise, we created an advertisement-worthy poster by using several different images.

These are the three images we worked with. Firstly, we worked on the black and white alcohol bottle and changed the color of it.

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Color the bottle with brush, lower the opacity & flow of the brush. We used red for the color, and gold for highlight.
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Change blending option to overlay (Or anything you’d like – I experimented with Difference as well and it gave me a cool, purple bottle with electic blue highlight.
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Duplicate the overlay layer so the color looks more popping and stronger.
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Place the other picture in your colored bottle picture. Set the layer’s blending adjustment to Screen (I used Exclusion for this). Use Vector Masking (right beside Layer Adjustment option) to mask areas of the image that you don’t want to see in the image.
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(((Several effects and splashes later)))

Composition is very important in this, and when you need a dramatic looking poster without the actual budget or photography expertise to do it, this is the best way to do it.

 

In class Asssignment: CD sleeve design

Within 120 minutes, we have to design a CD sleeve and cover for pop rock grunge band Channel Hopper‘s new album, Sunspot Cycle. The target audience of the album are teenagers- young adult. Design should contain one vector artwork, one image with its background removed and max of 4 images.

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This was what I come up with in the stressful 120 minutes that we have to finish our work. I picked the picture of the young girl purely out of instinct, and that the album is to be marketed to younger audiences so I thought this would be fitting. As for the vector artwork, I created a small “sunspot” vector – mostly inspired by Panic!’s new touring shirt featuring their song Golden Days (link will be inserted) but obviously this didn’t work out well as it clashes horribly with the whole thing (every elements here seem to crash with each other anyways). The background that I removed was the city’s image which I placed on the back cover together with the rough texture. I made the color scheme so because I wanted to get that faded, earthy feel (butek?) to get the “grunge” feel – at least, how I pictured grunge to be like in my head.

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I’m glad my mental imagery doesn’t look so far off with what grunge actually is. Need to do a lot more research on styles in different eras. 

Obviously I went home dissatisfied and decided to cut my sleep short and re-did the CD sleeve design, maintaining the girl on the composition but replacing almost everything else.

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CD SLEEVE 2

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I decided to change the front cover and placed the girl at the back cover instead. I used an image of a tree with sun shining through it on top of the texture (which I also changed). I think the front cover looks more appropriate for “Sunspot Cycle” now, although I’m still having a lot of doubts on the typeface. I like how the texture is going on a kind of the same direction with the car’s dusty windshield. The color scheme for this is cooler compared to the first one with the texture to represent the grunge theme, and elements on this one don’t clash as horribly as the first design (the texture, the city, the vector). I’ll probably tweak some stuffs again before printing the mock-up.

 

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IDEAS GENERATION / Assignment Progress / Term 3, Week 2

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Me and Gia have renewed the trailer artboard – major change being the sheep man was showed early in the trailer as he offers the boy a doughnut. Faza also pitched in a ‘cocaine’ plot twist idea and we found a way to include that in the trailer.

As for the book cover, I’ve been thinking about making it manually first by cutting out images from magazine (or getting texture from cloth, as Faza suggested), but considering the time and that most of our time will be invested on making the animation, I think executing it wholly digital is a lot faster and more efficient. We will be discussing about this.

Faza wants to put conjuring soundtrack / sound effects as the trailer reveals the dark twist to the cheerful and happy animation. The Conjuring Title Music  The title might also appear in the same way / effect Conjuring’s title does. Conjuring sound effects

(I feel like we’ll have goosebumps the whole time we edit the music into the animation. Listening to the sounds as I type right now. Weeps.)

25/06/2016

-After QC from Ms. Claudia, we found out the places where we can do letterpress printing on fabric.

-We decided to collage the front cover manually, then scan them before printing them on fabric.

-Currently choosing donut images for the cover.

-Hopefully cover collage will be done by next week.

ANIMATION TECHNIQUES / Animating on Flash / Term 3, Week 2

Today we learned how to operate Adobe Flash CC, learning most of the basic functions (understanding Flash’s workspace, insert frame, insert keyframe, creating motion tween, creating symbol – graphic and movie clip).

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This is your Flash CC homepage – You’ll be greeted by this screen. To create a new file, select create new “Action Script 3.0”. This will be most frequently used in this animation class.
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Once you’ve created the new file, you’ll see your workspace. Blank space at the middle is your “stage”, where all the things that you want to animate / show on the video is placed. Anything that goes beyond the white rectangle won’t be included in the final output. On your right side you have properties and library panel. Properties will show you the property of any active function that is going on currently, while Library will show you your assets in the video project (the symbols that you can animate). Below it, you can see your “fps” (frame per second) setting. Indonesian broadcast uses 25.00 frame per second as standard (also referred to as PAL), while other countries uses 29.97 fps (also referred to as NTSC). Below your stage you can see your timeline and frame cells. This is what allows you to animate stuffs.
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Once you create a circle (using shape tools – most shapes here are similar to the ones available on Illustrator and Photoshop), you can see the properties of your circle (size, color of fill & stroke, etc).
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All things that you want to animate have to be converted to symbols before you start adding / moving the frames. You can do this by right clicking on the shape and select “Create Symbol”.
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A command box would show up once you click this. You can name the symbol, choose the type of the symbol (Graphic, Movie Clip, Button). We will be most oftenly working with graphic type symbol, although we will also be covering movie clip types.
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Now you can see in your library that ‘circle01’ is listed.
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By dragging ‘circle01’ from the library to the stage, you have copied the shape. This can be done over and over again. Note that all items that is going to be animated do not just need to become a symbol, but they also need to be placed in their own, individual layer.
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You can also create a new symbol by clicking on the button down below, rather than drawing it first and right clicking “Create symbol” as we’ve done earlier.
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A blank space will show up once you select create new symbol. Draw your object here, and it’d be automatically registered as the symbol.
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You can align the shape youve drawn to the center, right or left.
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Place the square in a separate layer. So now you have 2 layers, each consisting of one, individual shape.
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To animate your object, you can’t just have it on one frame, so you have to add more frames. Select the timeframe as long as you want the animation to last (or just estimate), and press F5. This is a shortcut to create frames. Now, you can see that the circle layer has frames up to timeframe 25.
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As an experiment, make 25 frames for the circle and only 10 for the square.
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If you press play now, you can already see a simple animation of the square disappearing at the middle.
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You can also move the cells of the square so that it doesn’t start directly at frame 1 but 5. This will give you an appearing – disappearing act from the square.
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Using the f6 function, you can slice a frame. Now, even though they are the same shape and in the same layer, they’re actually two different objects.
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Let’s create a new layer containing the square symbol, stretch the cells to frame 25, right click on them and select “Create Motion Tween”.
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Now, the cells would be colored in blue. Motion tween automatically animate the movements in between keyframes.

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You can also change the trajectory in which the object moves by using “Shift Anchor Point” tool.
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To produce a final output in form of SWF file, press control(command)+enter.

I didn’t take live-progress screenshots & notes starting from the next exercise because it was getting more overwhelming, navigating between the different workspaces and symbols.

(To be continued)

-bouncing ball exercise

-moving insect exercise

Assignment 1: Street view & moving car

For our assignment, we need to do a street view of a city with a car that moves in and out of the frame. (Of course the background will have to move along too as the car travels forward)

I want to animate a night city, Las Vegas in particular, because the signage are interesting and a city’s nightlife looks better than it is during day time.