January 10, 2020 – January 12, 2020
Friday-Sunday | 10am-4pm | 3 Days
Learn to use Adobe Animate to enhance your video projects or to bring your illustrations to life. The class will alternate between demonstration/lecture and open time for you to try out techniques with instructor support and feedback.
On the first day, using the “Illusion of Life 12 Principles of Animation” as a framework, we’ll dig into Animate’s drawing tools and 3D layering and virtual camera functions (for life-like zooming and parallax scrolling). Some short exercises will allow you to get comfortable with the interface and experiment with the tools themselves.
The second day is devoted to the industry-standard work flow of storyboarding your project, making an animatic (a lightly animated storyboard to work out timing), roughing it out in Animate and doing a final pass in Photoshop. This method takes advantage of Photoshop’s brush options and strengths at creating backgrounds and other digital assets. By the end of the day you’ll have one or more looping Photoshop gifs under your belt.
The third day is devoted to a personal project in either Animate, Photoshop or both. You are welcome to bring in something you are working on, or take on a short experimental piece, music video or other approach of your choice. You’ll be able to add music using Adobe Premiere as a final step.
- The Animate/Photoshop interface
- Comprehensive overview of Animate’s tools
- 2D animation fundamentals
- Compositing animation and video
- Straight-ahead vs Key-framed animation
- Animating in Photoshop
- 3D layers in Animate and parallaxing backgrounds
- Vector and bitmap graphics
- Virtual camera
- Digital puppet animation
- Exporting and codecs
- Get Instructor feedback and guidance for your animating
The workshop takes place in the Film Center Edit Lab (Adobe Creative Suite with Wacom pins and Intuos tablets). Bring a Mac formatted external hard drive if you want to take your work home.
Check out this example of the instructor’s computer animation work: https://vimeo.com/335276981