start your project you are going to need a graphic to use as a writing
instrument. I chose an ice cream cone for this tutorial. I found it in
the PSP Picture tubes and I opened a new image in PSP then chose the
picture tube tool and chose the ice cream (may not be in everyone's
PSP). I then sized it to scale 50 and placed the image into my new
image. I then rotated the ice cream 90% right for it to sit on it's
side for the first frame of the animation. I copied and then pasted it
as a new animation in AS. I went back to PSP and undid the rotate then
rotated right 30% to give it the angle for writing. I copied it and
pasted as a new animation in AS.
can use many different graphics for a writing tool, a long stemmed rose,
a feather, a pen, pencil. Find a graphic that you would like to use for
your writing instrument. You can see if you can find one in your
collection of tubes or just a graphic that you have. To rotate the
graphic click on Image on the top menu and then Rotate (see graphic on
your right). The a window will pop up like the one below. Experiment
with the angle until you find the right angle. Choose an angle then
click ok, if it is wrong then click Edit, then Undo and redo the rotate.
When you are satisfied that you have
angled your writing instrument we can continue with the rest of the
Animation Shop, open a new image, I usually make them 500 X 400 and
crop when I am done. You will then copy your writing instrument that is
sitting on it's side into the blank document as shown below:
You will now create another new image
the same size as your first. On your right hand side of AS you should
see your color palette, (shown below on the left). Click on the
Foreground and another window (below right) will pop up and you can
choose the color you wish your text to be. Once you have chosen
your color click on OK and the window will close and your Foreground
will display your chosen color.
On your tool palette (shown to the
left) click on the Add text tool (A). Click your mouse inside your new
image and the window below will pop up.
For this tutorial I used the settings
as seen in the image to the left. When you have chosen your preferred
font, style, size and wording click OK. You may have to move your text
in the window to place it so it is all inside the window but this is
easily done by placing your cursor on top of the text and moving it.
When you have placed your text it
should appear similar to the image below.
now want to copy your text, make sure that the tool palette has the
arrow selected and right click on your text image and choose copy. Now
go to your other image with the writing instrument and right click on it
and choose paste then After Current Frame. You may want to do this
several times to start with, you are going to end up doing it many times
before you are finished. My animation has 37 frames. If you run out of
frames you always have the original text image to recopy from.
In the second frame, right after the
writing tool you are going to want to take the eraser tool and erase
almost all of your text but a dot that will mark the beginning of your
writing. So for my image the dot represents the very upper left spot on
the W. See the first graphic below, I have the dot circled in red. You
then want to choose the arrow in the tool palette and copy your writing
instrument that is angled for writing. Then in the window with the dot
right click and choose paste into selected frame. Position your writing
tool so that it is directly over the dot. Go to frame 3, using the
eraser erase almost all of the text but choose a stop point where your
writing instrument will change direction. See the third graphic
below. Then copy your writing instrument again and paste it over the
next end spot for writing.
Continue on with each frame by adding
just a little more of the text each time. See the graphics below and how
the text is added with each frame. When you are done with the
creating of the writing see the bottom of this tutorial.
When you have finished all the
writing you can add a couple more frames and show the writing instrument
being placed back into it's original spot as shown in the last graphic
above and the graphic below. When you are done crop your animation
making sure you have not cut anything off. To crop you just pick the
cropping tool from the tool palette and the one for AS is adjustable
which is much better than with PSP. If you do crop and you've made a
mistake you can correct it with the edit and undo. To see your animation
before you save it. Choose View and then Animation, this is wise to be
sure you have not cut anything out. When you have saved your animation
it should appear similar to the one at the end of this tutorial.
Copyright © 2001-2005 Margaret Walker