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Creating Digital Animations

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Creating Digital Animations

Animate Stories with Scratch!
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The easy way to start animating today!

Creating Digital Animations is your ticket to learning animation! Learn how to animate your very own characters using Scratch—the free multimedia tool that lets you create interactive stories, games, and animations. Designed specifically for kids aged seven and up, this easy-to-follow, full-color guide introduces you to important game design concepts through three simple projects. Step-by-step instructions walk you through the four major phases of animation design, showing you how to turn your idea into a real animation with sound effects and more! You'll work just like the pros as you sketch out your main idea, add your own details, and develop a complete, workable character from scratch.

If you're curious about coding, animation is the perfect place to start exploring. The Scratch platform doesn't require an actual programming language, but it gets you used to thinking like a programmer while you develop your very own animation. Short on rules but big on fun, this book is your friendly animation coach to get you started on the right foot.

  • Use stick figures to design your characters' 'bones'
  • Flesh out your design and animate movements
  • Create scenes and background locations
  • Add sound to take your animation to the next level
  • Animation is fun! Building your own characters is exciting! And putting the finishing touches on your animation project shows you just how much you can learn while you play. Coding is a valuable skill that will serve you throughout school and beyond, and this book teaches you the basics in a way that leaves you hungry for more. Where will you take your new animation skills next? Creating Digital Animations takes you on the first steps of your journey to wherever you want to go!

    The easy way to start animating today!

    Creating Digital Animations is your ticket to learning animation! Learn how to animate your very own characters using Scratch—the free multimedia tool that lets you create interactive stories, games, and animations. Designed specifically for kids aged seven and up, this easy-to-follow, full-color guide introduces you to important game design concepts through three simple projects. Step-by-step instructions walk you through the four major phases of animation design, showing you how to turn your idea into a real animation with sound effects and more! You'll work just like the pros as you sketch out your main idea, add your own details, and develop a complete, workable character from scratch.

    If you're curious about coding, animation is the perfect place to start exploring. The Scratch platform doesn't require an actual programming language, but it gets you used to thinking like a programmer while you develop your very own animation. Short on rules but big on fun, this book is your friendly animation coach to get you started on the right foot.

  • Use stick figures to design your characters' 'bones'
  • Flesh out your design and animate movements
  • Create scenes and background locations
  • Add sound to take your animation to the next level
  • Animation is fun! Building your own characters is exciting! And putting the finishing touches on your animation project shows you just how much you can learn while you play. Coding is a valuable skill that will serve you throughout school and beyond, and this book teaches you the basics in a way that leaves you hungry for more. Where will you take your new animation skills next? Creating Digital Animations takes you on the first steps of your journey to wherever you want to go!

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    About the Author-
    • Derek Breen is a former designer for the Education Arcade at MIT and teaching fellow in the Digital Media Arts and Instructional Design program at Harvard Extension School. He is the author of Scratch For Kids For Dummies.

    Table of Contents-
    • Introduction 1

      About Scratch 1

      About This Book 2

      Icons Used in This Book 3

      Access Scratch 3

      Create online account 3

      Use Scratch offline 4

      Project 1: Animation Essentials 8

      Draw Your First Character 8

      Create project 9

      Draw body parts 9

      Sculpt the body with the Reshape tool 10

      Adjust the thickness of multiple lines 11

      Animate the Stick Figure 12

      Draw a simple backdrop 13

      Adjust movement against the backdrop 14

      Putting the jump in jacks 15

      Animate with Code Blocks 17

      Bring Humor to Your Animation 20

      Add Stick Man's Best Friend 20

      Modify parts to create a new character 21

      Develop your humorous story 22

      Walk Like a Man 23

      Rotate parts with the Select tool 24

      Animate the Dog 26

      Add code to animate the stick dog 26

      Animate tail wagging 27

      Talk Like a Man 28

      Project 2: Animate Great Characters 31

      Keep It Simple, Stupid 31

      Getting a Head Start 33

      Create a new project 34

      Paint a new sprite 34

      Quick hairstyling 35

      Open wide 36

      Give 'em a nose job 37

      A Little Body Work 37

      Add simple legs 38

      Arming your characters 39

      Apply Finishing Touches 40

      It's Okay to Clone Scratch People 41

      From Dead Skin to Furry Beast 41

      Fangs Make the Beast 43

      Undress the Beast 44

      Strike a Pose 45

      Add Finishing Touches 45

      Create a Third Character 47

      From zombie girl to bland boy 48

      Design character clothing 50

      Tweak facial features 50

      Add a set of teeth 51

      Posing clothed figures 52

      Assembling Your Cast 52

      Project 3: Location, Location, Location 54

      Planning Animation Scenes 54

      Design an Interior Scene 55

      Make Scenes More Immersive 59

      Change a backdrop into a sprite 60

      Design see-through windows 60

      Build your own furniture 63

      Design an Exterior Scene 66

      Draw scenes with perspective 69

      Scale characters inside a scene 71

      Project 4: Sounds Good to Me 74

      That's What He Said 74

      Write dialogue for your characters 75

      Record Dialogue in Scratch 76

      Find the Record button 77

      Edit Audio Clips 80

      Trim Beginning of Sound 81

      Use sound editing effects 82

      Play Sound with Code Blocks 83

      Animate Character Speech 84

      Mouthing the words 85

      Easy lip-synching 86

      Achieve more realistic lip-synching 87

      Create custom phoneme costumes 90

      Switch costumes to match phonemes 91

      Project 5: Lights, Camera, Action! 95

      (Not) Starting from Scratch 95

      Create a night scene 95

      Turn out the lights 98

      Camera (or What Do I Focus On?) 101

      Increase the costume size 101

      Create a back view of characters 103

      Create a side view of characters 104

      Action! (or Let's Get the Story?@Moving) 104

      Animate sprite entering the scene 105

      Add a (slightly) more realistic walk 105

      Broadcast Animation Messages 106

      Send a broadcast message 106

      Receive a broadcast message 107

      Switch between Animation Scenes 108

      And Cut! 111

      Author Notes 112

      Share Your Scratch Projects in the Scratch Online Community 112

      Share project from the online Scratch editor 113

      Share project from the offline Scratch editor 114

      Broadcast Scratch Animation on Any Website 114

      Record/Export Scratch Videos 115

      Export Scratch Graphics to Other Applications 117

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