Animation – the rapid display of a sequence of images to create an illusion of movement
Today – creating animation with simple drawings
A simple animation example From Wikipedia –
The bouncing ball is based on –
The above six images
shown at 10 frames/second
To get from the six separate images to the animated ball takes –
1. A set of images (duh)
Hand drawn, photos, whatever….
2. A program to combine them into a single GIF file
There a many such programs – free and otherwise
The GIF format is alone in supporting animation
There is an unofficial PNG extension, APNG (A for animated)
It’s not well supported (actually rejected by the PNG group)
It’s all very simple once the images are available
Creating the drawing can be easy or hard
Depending on the desired end result
Drawings depend on your software and drawing skill
Here’s an example that I did; they don’t come any simpler –
The 8 frames were easy to make in PS Elements
I actually only drew #1 & #2
The others were created by rotating the 1st two in 90 degree steps and saving the results
I used a free program called PhotoScape for the animation
Animated GIFs is just one of its dozen or so features
It even includes a RAW converter
(I’ve not tried anything except the animated GIF)
In under a minute, this is what I got –
Tomorrow – a more detailed look at how PhotoScape creates an image like the above.
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