New Animated Short Underway

Over the weekend, I began working on a new idea for a Flash animated short. Several years ago, I performed an original pantomime entitled “The Skydiver,” and over the holiday weekend I began turning my pantomime into an animated Flash cartoon. Here’s a screenshot of part of the cartoon:

I’m doing some experimenting with this cartoon, and I plan to do most of the actual animation using traditional frame-by-frame methods, so it could take me a little longer to finish than it would otherwise. Once it is finished, I’m going to build a new page into my Web site just for Flash cartoons, and it will also be posted on YouTube.


Flash Basics Tutorial #3: Creating 3d Text

How to create 3d looking text.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsIwH3LZiq4

In this tutorial, I demonstrate how to create text and make it look 3d.

Concepts learned:

  • Breaking Apart Objects
  • Changing Fill Colors
  • Copying and Pasting
  • Snapping
  • Using the Gradient Transform Tool
  • Using the Line Tool
  • Using the Text Tool
  • Using the Zoom Tool
  • Using Undo
  • Working with Text
  • Working with Gradients

Flash Basics Tutorial #2: Making the Ball Bounce Look Real

Part II of Creating a Bouncing Ball.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmHNh8hVMyU

In this tutorial, I demonstrate how to make the bouncing ball more realistic looking.

Concepts learned:

  • Moving Through the Timeline
  • Entering Keyframes
  • Easing In/Out
  • Demonstrating Object Materials
  • Using the Free Transform Tool

To create the bouncing ball, please watch Part I of this tutorial: Flash Basics Tutorial #1: Creating a Bouncing Ball
Or download the finished Part I file here.


Flash Basics Tutorial #1: Creating a Bouncing Ball

The first in my new series of Flash tutorials is now live on YouTube. Just click the video or the link below the video to watch it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S9BXYiP9Tc

In this tutorial, I demonstrate how to create a bouncing ball.

Concepts learned:

  • Using the Oval Tool and Line Tool
  • Using the Color Palette
  • Creating Symbols
  • Inserting Frames and Keyframes
  • Using Guide Layers
  • Creating Classic Tweens

Flash Basics Video Tutorials

I filmed a short tutorial earlier today about some of the basics of Flash. It’s the first in a planned series of Flash basics video tutorials. The videos will be all about really simple things that can be done in Flash, basically tailored to the absolute beginner. The first one is less than ten minutes long and goes over how to make a bouncing ball in Flash. It should be edited in the next few days, and then I will post it on here and on YouTube.