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!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 140 x 215 x 7mm | 216g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1119233526
  • 9781119233527
  • 181,400

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A digital arts book for kids!



Are you the next great animator? All you need to create your own animated worlds is a computer connected to the Internet, a free Scratch account, and the fun projects you'll find inside the book! Follow simple steps to make your own characters, backgrounds, and actions. Build a character --start with stick figure basics and add colorful details Create a world --design backgrounds as a home for your characters Animate your story --add sound and motion to turn your design into an animation
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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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About Derek Breen

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.
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