Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
This went well. I'm pretty pleased. I hit a few sticking points, when I was tired - for instance I had everything working except the link. Could not figure it out. Tried it both ways. Couldn't resolve (or understand) the error message. Finally looked again at the absolute URL and wondered "if I type the http:// in front of the wwww. in the link window"....and it worked! After an hour of trying.
The story board was extremely useful. I could see and plot out how to handle each item, what kind of tween it might be, where to put things. I got off track when I started creating things in the order that they would appear on the stage. I should have made all of the elements first, then placed them and activated them. I will next time. I did change a few things but having the storyboard to reference saved me time. Like having a recipe to cook from.
OBJECTS, SYMBOLS, DRAWING: All of the objects in this animation are new. All of the symbols are new.
I used the rectangle and oval tools most often, modifying the shapes with the arrow and transform tools.
COLOR: The Kuler palate includes rock brown 4B423B, sky blue 9EDEDD, water blue 58788C, sand tan D5C2AD. That was too limiting so I added bits of bright colors for the frisbee, kite, bird.
MOTION EDITING: To the waves I added easing and changed the alpha to dim the wave crests as they came ashore. I added a tint to the kite shape and fiddled with its motion speed.
IKs: I created two- the seagull which I also tweened to fly; and the unrolling line of sand that reveals the text "unwind at the beach."
TWEENS: I didn't stop with 5 tweens as you see - papers becoming clouds then floating away, frisbee flying and changing shape, flying seagull IK, flying kite, sand and sea moving onto stage, wave crests coming ashore, sand line unwinding.
SOUND: The sound clip of seagulls calling is attached to the bird tweened IK.
BUTTONS: The buttons are play and stop; stop is the altered version of play with reds added to the states to say "stop."
SIZE: I was tired of the normal stage size and shape, that's why I chose the banner configuration, but I was shocked to see how small it actually was. So I added a white frame around it and placed by link and buttons and some more text outside the original animation.
Thanks for watching. Thanks for sharing yours.
Theme- The theme of this project is based on Christmas as it is coming closer , exciting for me and my family .The idea is that as kids think Santa comes on Sleigh flying through the sky so it is and shakes bell and says ho-ho which I liked the most ...still the animation is just not that great I think it 's according to what I learned .
Major Tools - The major tools to create my objects like santa ,reindeer , , snowman are with just drawing with pencil and filled up and sleigh ,grass with paint brush ,on 2 scene IK plant with circle symbles , gift with rectangle and star with rectangle primitive at the end scene , Santa's bag of gifts was made with circle selection tool, The snowflakes I just imported from photoshop and three scenes are also images from the web.All of the symbols I just created no one is old .
Color Scheme - Color scheme is just according to Christmas Eve , white , light blue , red green and dark nightly colors are just like a day before Christmas . Snowman got color transform #b8e0f1 , his hat #000000 , Ik grass and plant got #ffcc00 #d7e571 ,buttons got #99ffcc , Santa got #cf3d2a #cc0000 #ffffff ,deer #b89850 , sack of gifts #cf632a ,sleigh #626263 , gift #006600,star moving at end got #00649f #6c00cf #2400a8 .
Requirements - Snowflakes are in motion tween ,Santa on sleigh is frame by frame Snowman is motion tween but his hand got nested tween for waving in f by f . Two ikshape is on first page grass , symbol is on second page a plant .THe star at the end nested shape tween and otherwise classic tween. Buttons are three-2 layers. three audio clips are added one is santa ringing bell , santa's Ho-2 and sound for button over state but somehow buttons are not working I dont know it it again clashing in motions and ik's . A link is also added at the end on my name and its my watermark too .The rotation , transformation and easing is given to snowman and snowflakes.
here is my final project that I entitled.. "Ghost of Xmas past"
This project actually went a little smoother than I had thought. It pretty much flowed without too much headache, which I welcomed with open arms!
As far as tools i used the pen tool and the paintbrush to make the fireplace flame. I wish I was a bigger fan of the design tools in the program but im not.
I used multiple tweens and manipulated the tint size and skew. I used them on the flames in the fire place the candle flames(motion tween) and the star on top of the christmas tree(shape tween). I also changed the tint of the bouncing ball just to do it.
I just noticed that my IK which was a mistletoe is missing from my project.this is the 2nd time this has happened. the layer is there but magically the mistletoe i drew with the paint tool is missing. This happened with my flower in project 4 and i had to redo it. This is dumb so i now have to redo it.
Now onto the next....I used armatures on the mistletoe and on the ghost body. The mistletoe is the one I made into a symbol. as far as symbols I made the elf outfit the elf hat the candles the fire and the tree ornament balls.
I used an evil laugh audio on the grinch which is a nested movie clip.
I made my buttons pretty simple with the oval tool and applied gradients to each layer and put a color change for the over and click states with the texts.I used a text link to go to the grinch webpage.
I wanna say Thank you to everyone in class. I got help from alot of you without you even knowing. I liked the progress we've all made this term and hope continued success to you all in your area of study. Have a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year.
2a. Listing the major tools I used is way too difficult on a project like this. Instead I'll list what i DIDN'T use. I stayed away from the deco/pen tool since they tend to be cumbersome. Every other tool available got use at some point...
2b. I didn't have Kuler when i began this project for fun, so I never pulled my color scheme from there...
3d. I used the alpha feature extensively in this animation to not only separate scenes, but also represent the Time Travel event as a chaotic experience...
4c. The only objects I reused were from the background in the first scene (which was the 1st or 2nd project of the term). Everything else is new including: A Power Drill, A Beer Bottle, both Buttons, the Intro Text, and finally both characters Arms, Bodies, Heads & Shoes...
By the end of the project i had realized that i didn't plan for IK usage and when i tried to impliment them the bones eclipsed the objects so I couldn't work with them and the computer slowed down to the point where I could only click the mouse every 15-20 seconds. I know this will be a hit on my points, but I have done well all term and will deal with the loss...
here is a link:
For the final, I started with the IK and worked backward. To me, it's the most complex piece, and I wanted to have an interesting use for it. During the last class, Patti mentioned a whip, and it got me thinking about that sort of animation. I had thought about doing something Indiana Jones-ish, but for some reason decided instead on a butterfly tongue. Not only am I not sure where that came from, but putting an IK on a butterfly tongue is REALLY TEDIOUS. The shape was so small that despite blowing the scale up as big as it would go, I couldn't prevent the bones from trying to connect at odd places, and eventually had to settle for much less curl than I had tried to do originally.
Tool-wise, I stuck with my usual suspects, shapes, paint brush, a little bit of pencil. I did use the spray tool for once to give my tree its foliage (seemed a little better than haphazardly painting green on it). Maybe it's the way I work, or maybe I'm scared of it, but I haven't seem to have found much use for the Pen tool since early on.
I didn't use a lot of motion editing this time, but I did find a fun use for the x/y axis transformation. Originally, the butterfly was a flat 2D symbol, but after playing with the motion editor, I got it looking a little more 3D - if still pretty flat. I did not re-use any symbols. Everything is new.
The flower was not going to be so segmented initially, but figuring out a good way to have the flower and the stem fall over together, without looking weird, ended up taking me to a symbol IK instead of a shape IK. For the sound, well...the sound doesn't work right. I want the bird noise to start and stop with the buttons, but I don't think that was covered in our class. For now, the noise starts up immediately. Everything else is pretty by the numbers (but it is fun to have a silly link on the link button).
Sunday, December 5, 2010
And now my answers:
a) the tutorials haven't contributed; I am not able to watch them without going to the lab so it's a computer upgrade for me next term...
b) the process I used to complete this project was building, testing, rebuilding, retesting... it took me a few tries to understand that I could layer button parts while designing the button states. I think I confused myself too with making pieces into symbols before building the button...which turned out to be unnecessary.
Script to paste for the action was a huge help, provided you remember to name your instances!
I would like to make the ball being thrown interactive, an action triggered by clicking on the thought balloon by the dog's head. Can anyone tell me how? The balloon is a bubble with all four states created, but I don't know how to link them with a action scripting, or how to hold the ball throw in reserve until it is triggered by clicking on the thought balloon button.
Thanks for your help and your patience all.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
(1,a) I used the “robot lounge singers” theme again to bring “Jimmy an the She-bots” to life. There is a pdf of the storyboard in my final folder showing where the different scenes will happen.
(2,a) I mainly used the rectangle and oval drawing tools as both shape and objects. I also used the primitive versions for some of the shapes. The spray can made the background pattern and the polygon tool made the stars. I also used the line tool and Bezier points for some of the pieces.(b) No imagery was imported. (c) I used the following Kuler scheme: #8C2920 (red), #F29422 (yellow), #20818C (blue), #D0C6B2 (tan), #E68E21(yellow) and #C7380B (orange).
(3,b) For the stars twinkling I used a series of shape tweens. (a) The she-bots moving into place were done with three individual classic tweens and the moved to the background with a (c) motion tween. Jimmy moving into the frame in the different spots were done with (c) motion tweens. I used the motion editor to apply custom easing to these scenes to vary the speed at which he moved and adjusted the scale.
(4,a,b)There are two armatures using Inverse Kinematices. The first is applied as a shape IK in Jimmy’s arms (it plays in the symbol “Jimmy” timeline). The second is as a symbol IK to the “claw” that takes him out of the scene.
(5,a,b,c) All of the symbols in the library are new and a combination of movie clips and graphics. (d)The she-bots individually are graphics and there is one of theme all together that is a nested movie clip of them rocking. That one is called “sb_group”.
(6,a) There is audio in the main timeline for the she-bots and there is a short clip within the symbol “jimmy_sing”.
(7, a, iii) There are two buttons – a start and stop button. (a, i) They each have up, over, down and hit states and are build from four layers – a base, highlight, gradient and text layer. (ii) I duplicated the start button to make the stop button. (1.b) I changed it by having the highlight and gradient change and made the start shades of green and the stop shades of red. (iv,v) They are not from the common library and were not used on project 5.
(8,a,i) I added ActionScript to make the buttons start and stop and included a stop in frame 1. (b,i) I used text to create a link to a URL of another famous robot.(9) I really enjoyed this project and this class. I had fun bringing Jimmy and the She-bots to life and felt that the tweens worked really well in this project. Getting the sound to sync up was a bit challenging but it worked out in the end.
Friday, December 3, 2010
sws.pcc.edu - /student/CAS175_pdeangel_44402/pennyschoch67/project5/pls_project_5.swf
Thursday, December 2, 2010
a. Please identify the major tools used in your blog posting: paint brush, line tool, oval tool, and square shape tool, bone tool, text tool, polystar tool, and eyedropper tool, ink bottle tool, free transform tool.
i. Please add your hexadecimal numbers to your blog posting: 7FB2F0, 4E7AC7,35478C,161193B
d. In your blog posting, state which features from the motion editor was added to the above tweens:
The sun was added an alpha effect and a slowing in ease effect upon start of the clip
c. Please identify which symbols are new in your blog posting the buttons are all new: the different rabbit positions are all new and the turtle is new there are multiple symbols inside these in use for the overall effect.
What worked well? What areas were challenging? The best part that worked well was the transference of the sun and moon from my project with the alien it helped create an easy story board effect. The action scripting as usual was very hard and complex im still having some trouble with it but I’m learning more than I did inside project five.
thoughts and comments.
This piece was one of the funnier and rather interesting pieces ive done I really like how it came together and how it looks the only thing I wish I could do to improve upon it was to have more time to work on it because I felt that I needed more animals inside it but I figured I would keep it simple
describe your process in creating your project on the blog.
I first began by creating the background in different segments along with the sky the rafters then I drew them into different sections using the line tool.
After I did this I copied and pasted the sun and the moon motion tween from my third project and then redesigned it to work for this animation showing the passing of the day to night I did this by changing the sky to different colors from light to dark using Kuler.
I then created the buttons by using the same format that we used in class but instead created this square style buttons to differ from project five I put a movie clip over one of the buttons the start button and added sound to all the buttons then I distributed many different layers and colors to each button to make them different.
I then created a turtle and the hare using the oval tool, square tool, paintbrush tool, and line tool I then added color to both using the paint bucket and each bottle tools. I then added motion, classic, and shape tweens to various objects such as the hare turtle star the sun and the moon and the text that comes towards the screen.
I used a premade animation for the text coming towards the screen. I then added scripting causing the animation to stop using the stop script stop() ; then after this I added the scripting to link to Google using project fives previous scripting and changed the button that is to be pressed to btn_3 and this worked!
After this I copied and pasted the IK animation from project five the Bell and then copied and pasted the original picture and laid underneath the Bell on a separate layer so that way the Bell would not disappear after the animation played. The second IK I created was the banner by adding bone tools to it I made it wiggle back and forth to give the appearance of wind blowing.