Bones Animation Effect


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Love your tutorials! Clear and to the point.

I have a couple of questions and would appreciate any help you can offer. I want to start 2D animation and am currently debating between Synfg and Pencil (I can see from your site Pencil is not listed, so maybe one of the others. My only criteria is that its freeware).

Can you recommend which is better? Synfig looks more sophisticated, but with that comes a lot to learn. I'm a bit overwhelmed (but maybe with the help of your tutorials, that won't be impossible).

Question 2: Do you have a tutorial on importing pre drawn images to use for your animation, rather than drawing within the Synfig software? I currently draw on my iPad in Sketchbook pro and was wanting to import those drawings (arms, legs, body I assume are separate activities).

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Marti

Posted by Marti (not verified) on 2012, February 16 - 21:30

Hi Marti,
I think that if you have pre-drawn images, Pencil might be a better program for you. Or you could use Gimp and convert multiple image layers into a GIF animation. After you have the animation file created (.mpeg or .avi or .gif), then you can import it into Synfig.

Synfig is a different type of animation, that uses vector objects, and moves those objects around. Objects can be connected together in different ways to form complex visuals. Then the animator tells where the objects start, and stop, and Synfig takes care of all the animation in between. This is called "tweening".

I hope that helps :)

Posted by Paul on 2012, February 16 - 22:33

Wonderful! This tutorial opens a new world to me! Thanks a lot, you teach clear! FB

Posted by fulvia (not verified) on 2011, August 28 - 14:06

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