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Post » Sat Oct 05, 2013 4:30 pm

Hello everyone, its been a while since I posted something here in the forums...anyway, I would like to ask you guys if you could share your knowledge in the matter of character design & animation tools.

A friend and me are looking to make a 2D platform game, but then again we dont know a lot of sprites and animation for the characters. So far we have been using Photoshop for the character designs and sketches but as I said, for the animation we dont know what would be the best tool available for it that could help us achieve our goal.

Any tips, tricks or tools you could share would be a big help.





PD: Sorry if I posted this in the wrong forum I havent been around lately.
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Post » Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:42 pm

Animation tool : Spriter
New to Construct ? Where to start

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Please attach a capx to any help request or bug report !
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Post » Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:54 am

+1 for Spriter

There is a free application called Blender that may be helpful. You can use it for 2D or 3D animations.

It is really nice for isometric tiles.

http://www.blender.org/

The place to learn it is in the Blender Artists forums:
http://blenderartists.org/forum/

Some helpful things to search for in the BA forums:
Toon rendering
Keyframe animation
Lip syncing
IK animation
Particles (can make smoke, flames, explosions!!)
Physics Simulation
Fluid simulation
Cloth simulation

You can make things that look ultra realistic, or extremely simple.
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Post » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:33 pm

Synfig is a really interesting open source software that Im learning to use. Is for 2D animation.
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Post » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:50 am

I forgot all about Synfig, what a great application.

Ktoon is pretty neat too:

http://developer.berlios.de/projects/ktoon/

iirc it is linux only.
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Post » Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:57 pm

One of the best books I know of has been made into a DVD set:

http://www.theanimatorssurvivalkit.com/

I recommend the book, I have never seen the movies, so I cant say if they are good or not.
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Post » Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:49 am

You can animate with Photoshop. It's not the easiest software to do it in, but you already have it and some artists are able to create some amazing things with it. Here's a list of animation software I have used. All great in their own way.

ToonBoom Animate (expensive, but probably the best)
ToonBoom Studio (lighter version of the above)
Flash (my Favorite)
After Effects (great puppet tools and for special effects)
Maya (3d)
3ds Max (3d)
FlipBook (mainly hand drawn animation)
Anime Studio (popular & affordable)
TVPaint (expensive)
Animation HD (iOS app)
AnimationDesk (iOS,Mac,Android)

Free:

Synfig Studio (Mac, Windows, Linux)
Pencil (Mac, Windows, Linux)
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Post » Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:52 am

[QUOTE=jojoe] One of the best books I know of has been made into a DVD set:

http://www.theanimatorssurvivalkit.com/

I recommend the book, I have never seen the movies, so I cant say if they are good or not.[/QUOTE]

There's an app for iOS too. It has interactive examples and videos. It allows you to flip through some of the examples. I have the book too, but the app is so much better.Sebastian2013-10-13 08:52:37
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