Semester 2 Notes
The notes for your mid-term exam can be found below.
History of Animation
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Story Board Project
**Attention** - Your project is to be submitted to your weebly by 7/2/2013. Please ensure a link to your weebly is posted in the M5 Forum. You will do the presentation on the 14/2/2013. Late submissions will be docked marks.
- You will be graded on your storyboards. Storyboards must be used for the animation.
- You will be graded on how well the animation brings the storyboard to life.
- You will be graded on the creativity of the project.
- You will be graded on the use of techniques, such as tweens, motion guides, fades etc.
- You will be graded on how well you deliver and pitch your presentation.
Motion Guides - Step by Step!
Use Motion Guides in Flash CS5 Motion guides are especially useful when you work with a shape that has an obvious orientation (or direction, such as the nose of a car or an airplane). For this reason, be sure to use a symbol with an obvious orientation (such as a triangle) as your tweened object in these steps:
- Create a new Flash document, and create some interesting graphics on the stage.
- Using the Selection tool, select the graphics you created and press the F8 shortcut key to convert the graphic to a symbol.
- When the Convert to Symbol dialog box appears, choose Graphic from the Type drop-down list and enter a name for the symbol in the Name text box.
- Create another new layer on the Timeline, select the Pencil tool in the Tools panel, and select a stroke color from the Property inspector on the right.
Make sure that Object Drawing mode is turned off. This button appears at the bottom of the Tools panel when the Pencil tool is selected.
- Draw a path on the stage with the Pencil tool.
- Switch to the Selection tool and double-click the path you just created.
- Choose Edit→Cut to remove the path from the stage temporarily.
- Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac) Frame 1 of the layer that contains your symbol and choose Create Motion Tween from the contextual menu that appears.
A new tween span is created for your triangle symbol.
- Choose Edit→Paste in Place to paste the path you created earlier.
Flash automatically converts the path to a motion path, and your symbol snaps to the path.
- Press Enter or Return to play your movie.
The symbol follows the path you created. Next, you can tweak the tween so that the symbol follows the exact orientation of the path.
- Select Frame 1 of your tween span; in the Property inspector, locate and select the Orient to Path check box (it’s located under the Rotation options).
- Press Enter or Return again to play your movie and you’ll see that the symbol now changes rotation to match the direction of the path.