How to Make a Frame-by-Frame Flash Animation
If you wish to make an animation, than Flash is the best way for you to do so. Flash is extremely popular due to the fact that the animation files that are completed by it are full of quality, and are not very big, when it comes to the space they take on your hard drive. That is why internet is full of these flash animations, and one of the simplest forms of it are frame-by-frame animations, and if you wish to discover how to create these types of animation, then just finish reading this, and you’ll get everything. Let’s start with the steps you need to complete in order to finish an animation.
First of all, you need to understand what frame-by-frame animation really is. This type of animation has been in use ever since the early beginnings of animation, and is considered to be traditional. This type of animation records every move that your animation makes, and then these images of the moving of the objects are put together, in order for them to look as if the objects are moving. Every second usually consists of 24 frames.
Then, once you’ve understood the process, you will need to get a copy of the Flash Professional, and install this. You can first install a trial version, in order for you to get acquainted with it, and then, once you know what you’re doing, you can buy the real thing, and install it.
Once you have the software on your computer, you will need to create your assets. This type of animation requires several different images that are to be moved, you will need to draw them by hand. You can draw them on your Flash software, or you can import the drawings that you’ve already made earlier.
After you’ve made your drawings, you will need to make the first frame. Arrange the drawings in a way you want your shot to look, and “take the picture of it”. Remember, you will also need some background, like skies, trees or grass. You can import them from an image, or you can draw them as well. You can make this drawing into a symbol, which will allow you to use it several times in a frame.
Then, you will need to ad a second frame. If nothing happens in a scene you’re trying to produce, this frame can be the same as the previous one, and if there is something happening; for example, if a person on your drawing is trying to move his hand; just move the drawing a little bit, and “take a picture of it”. That way, when the frames are linked together, it will look as if the person on your drawing is moving his hand. And then, after the second frame, you will need to add the third one, the fourth one, the fifth one, etc.
This type of animation is nowadays thought of as being antique, but some people like it due to the tradition it brings with it. It is very time-consuming, but if you want to try it, you now know how.