I’ve finally decided to make one because I was getting so many questions on HOW to animate. To be blunt, I only know how to animate one way (timeline animation) in one program (photoshop (cs5)) so if you want an in-depth explanation then you’d be better doing a simple google search. Nevertheless, here’s my basic tutorial.
The first step is to open up Photoshop and go to “File” > “New” to make a new document.
Choose your width and height and leave all the other options alone.
Go to “Window” > “Animation” to reveal the animation panel. You should also click on “Layers” if it’s not already up.
You’ll get something that looks like this. And in the animation panel it will either specify (timeline) or (frames)
On the top-right of the animation panel, there’s the setting controls.
If you’re already on Frame Animation, the setting will read “Convert to Timeline Animation” and vice versa. Then you’ll want to change the document settings to your liking. By default mine is always set to 10 seconds at 30 fps (frames-per-second) so I change it to 1 second at 24fps.
Make a new layer. All new layers will show up in the timeline, and whichever layer you are set to work on will be highlighted. The green bar shows how long that layer is on/showing. Above that is the frame count.
Making sure you’re on “Layer 1”, draw something fabulous.
In the animation panel, grab the right side of Layer 1’s green bar and shrink it down to last 2 frames. When people say it’s animated on 2’s, they mean that every drawing is held for 2 frames. You can make it last however long you like, but keep it an even number of frames for REASONS.
For this particular tutorial, I won’t be animating much so just make a duplicate of Layer 1 and move the “Layer 1 copy” in the animation panel so it will appear after “Layer 1” like so
On “Layer 1 copy” I adjust the drawing as I need to. In this case, I’ll be making the person blink so I lower the eyelids a bit.
I repeat the process, making the character close their eyes on the next layer.
Then I make a copy of “Layer 1 copy” (eyes half open) and move that to the end, and finally make a copy of “Layer 1” so that she will have her eyes fully open and the image will loop seamlessly. The final layer I stretch to last the rest of the duration of the animation.
And the animation is done. All that’s left to do is export it which can be done one of two ways depending on what you need it for. For a gif, go to “File” > “Save for Web & Devices…” and it will give you the option to choose how it renders, what colours it uses, and if you want it to loop forever. To export it as a movie file (.avi .mov .mp4 etc), go to “File” > “Export” > “Render Video”
That’s it. The final product of this tutorial looks like this.
Happy Animating! Maybe one day I will go over the onion skin haha
ADVENTURE TIME MASTERPOST (Contains the Animated Show and Comics; To be updated as needed)
Season 1: Slumber Party Panic ⋅ Trouble in Lumpy Space ⋅ Prisoners of Love ⋅ Tree Trunks ⋅ The Enchiridion! ⋅ The Jiggler ⋅ Ricardio the Heart Guy ⋅ Business Time ⋅ My Two Favorite People ⋅ Memories of Boom Boom Mountain ⋅ Wizard ⋅ Evicted! ⋅ City of Thieves ⋅ The Witch’s Garden ⋅ What is Life ⋅ Ocean of Fear ⋅ When Wedding Bells Thaw ⋅ Dungeon ⋅ The Duke ⋅ Freak City ⋅ Donny ⋅ Henchman ⋅ Rainy Day Daydream ⋅ What Have You Done ⋅ His Hero ⋅ Gut Grinder
Season 2: It Came from the Nightosphere ⋅ The Eyes ⋅ Loyalty to the King ⋅ Blood Under the Skin ⋅ Storytelling ⋅ Slow Love ⋅ Power Animal ⋅ Crystals Have Power ⋅ The Other Tarts ⋅ To Cut a Woman’s Hair ⋅ The Chamber of Frozen Blades ⋅ Her Parents ⋅ The Pods ⋅ The Silent King ⋅ The Real You ⋅ Guardians of Sunshine ⋅ Death in Bloom ⋅ Susan Strong ⋅ Mystery Train ⋅ Go With Me ⋅Belly of the Beast ⋅ The Limit ⋅ Video Makers ⋅ Heat Signature ⋅ Mortal Folly ⋅ Mortal Recoil
Season 3: Conquest of Cuteness ⋅ Morituri Te Salutamus ⋅ Memory of a Memory ⋅ Hitman ⋅ Too Young ⋅ The Monster ⋅ Still ⋅ Wizard Battle ⋅ Fionna and Cake ⋅ What Was Missing ⋅ Apple Thief ⋅ The Creeps ⋅ From Bad to Worse ⋅ Beautopia ⋅ No One Can Hear You ⋅ Jake Vs. Me-Mow ⋅ Thank You ⋅ The New Frontier ⋅ Holly Jolly Secrets ⋅ Marceline’s Closet ⋅ Paper Pete ⋅ Another Way ⋅ Ghost Princess ⋅ Dad’s Dungeon ⋅ Incendium
Season 4: Hot to the Touch ⋅ Five Short Graybles ⋅ Web Weirdos ⋅ Dream of Love ⋅ They Went to the Nightosphere ⋅ Daddy’s Little Monster ⋅ In Your Footsteps ⋅ Hug Wolf ⋅ Princess Monster Wife ⋅ Goliad ⋅ Beyond This Earthly Realm ⋅ Gotcha ⋅ Princess Cookie ⋅ Card Wars ⋅ Son of Mars ⋅ Burning Low ⋅ B-Mo Noire ⋅ King Worm ⋅ Lady & Peebles ⋅ You Made Me! ⋅ Who Would Win ⋅ Ignition Point ⋅ The Hard Easy ⋅ Reign of Gunters ⋅ I Remember You ⋅ The Lich
Season 5: Finn the Human + Jake the Dog ⋅ Five More Short Graybles + Up a Tree ⋅ All the Little People + Jake the Dad ⋅ Davey + Mystery Dungeon ⋅ Bad Little Boy + All Your Fault ⋅ Little Dude + Vault of Bones ⋅ The Great Bird Man + Simon and Marcy ⋅ Glitch is a Glitch + Puhoy ⋅ B-MO Lost + Princess Potluck ⋅ James Baxter the Horse
This list of episodes is up to date. I will update the post as new episodes air. All of the episodes are in 720p. I’ve also included download links to all of the comics that have been released. I will also update them as soon as the new issues are scanalated. Enjoy!
How handy is this?
This is going to be so useful.
Off sprites tutorial!
Also repeat process for talking sprites I guess?
Excuse my poor englishand as you can see I own nothing
I tried too hard to mimick Mortis Ghost’s style, but since I’ve never seen a single loli drawn by him thEN HOW I WAS SUPPOSED TO KNOW?
Hmmmm, this is far away from the actual accurate style but oh well I tried
Another Free Technique Friday!
This week we take a look at hair! I’ve talked to a lot of people who have trouble working with hair when it comes to drawing portraits. And for good reason! Hair is difficult and different for every person. The best thing about drawing in a stylized fashion, is that you don’t kneed to be exact. If you put squiggly lines on top of someone’s head, we know it’s supposed to be hair. There’s a lot of forgiveness when it comes to hair. Don’t feel the need to draw each and every strand of hair. It’s really hard to do that and have it look good. It’s way too much work for me and often doesn’t fit the style of the rest of my drawing.
The best way to practice is to grab a fashion magazine and use some reference photos.
In the fist example I drew a long, wavy hairstyle. The bangs are loosely defined and then with the wavy hair, I picked a few distinct area to show the hair. Remember that gravity still applies!
The second is an adorable little hairstyle with more dramatic bangs. A few spikes poking out from all angles gives the hairstyle a playful look.
The third is a modern, sleek looking bob. It shows a sophisticated and young hairstyle. Though it’s more stiff than the first two hairstyle, by making the bangs a little loose and given the hair framing the face a nice curve, it softens up the look.
The last drawing is a mess bun. Hair flying everywhere with lots of body. Little wisps of hair flying around give the hair a messy and playful look. It’s a lot of fun to draw, just be careful not to get too carried away. Too much hair flying around and she’ll look like she was electrocuted. Yikes!
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Man, where was this chart when I was in library school?
Reblogging because EVERYONE (ESPECIALLY COLLEGE STUDENTS) needs this in their life. -H
Such a fantastic resource!!
Calm Bottle (aka Glitter Jar)
Goal: Anger management; Decreasing anxiety, fear, etc.; Aggression/anxiety physical release
- Container: This is typically made with a glass mason jar, but since I often make these with children I use water bottles with smooth sides.
- One bottle of clear glue (not white glue that dries clear), corn syrup, or glitter glue. I like using regular glue so I don’t have to deal with the hot water since I make these in my office.
- Water: It can be room temperature if you use regular glue but should be hot if glitter glue is used. If the water is not hot enough then the glitter will become clumpy and separate.
- Glitter: I use mostly super fine glitter with a little regular sized. I sometimes add sequins, beads, shells, plastic jewels, etc. Glow in the dark glitter looks really cool if you can find it. Less (or even none) is needed with glitter glue bottles
-Food coloring: This is optional. Only use one drop or it becomes difficult to see the glitter.
- Strong glue or duct tape: This is used to fasten the lid to the container. I like using colored duct tape.
- Making a Calm Bottle (clear glue or corn syrup): Fill the bottle 3/4 of the way full with water. Then add the glue (or corn syrup) and glitter. The more glue you use, the longer it will take the glitter to fall. I usually use the whole bottle. Add 1 drop of food coloring, if desired, and then glue/tape the lid on.
- Making a Calm Bottle (glitter glue): Instead of clear glue you can use glitter glue. If you go this rout then mix the glitter glue in a bowl with very hot water before adding it to the bottle. If the water is not hot enough then the glue will clump up and not work. You can add 1 drop of food color and additional glitter is desired.
-Using a Calm Bottle: I definitely suggest making this with your client, rather than for them. It is fun to make, they can personalize it, it will mean more to them and they will be much more likely to use it. When your client becomes upset, angry, frustrated, anxious, etc., direct them to shake the bottle vigorously as long as they want as an aggression/anxiety physical release activity. When they are finished they set the bottle down and watch the glitter fall as they use their favorite coping tool and/or deep breathing exercise.
-Other uses: This is a common coping tool used for people who self-harm and is easily adaptable to many clinical issues. I have also used this as a coping tool + timer for kids who are transitioning into sleeping in their own bed or have trouble focusing and are taking long breaks during homework. It is a highly adaptable to numerous therapeutic goals.
It’s not that hard, anime. You can do it.
You can make it look like a wing instead of a vaguely triangular mass of fluff.
^ true that
when people draw wings and have clearly made no attempt at making it anatomically correct, I die a little inside. Triangular mass of
fluffuniformly-sized pointy “feathers” arranged in no particular order whatsoever. /end mini rant
on a relevant note, bird anatomy is so interesting (:
have some blank carapaces. c: