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Chapter 5. 2-D Tools

Chapter 5. 2-D Tools

Literally hundreds of hardware and software tools enable the artist to create 2-D Web animation. Although many 2-D programs are designed specifically for animation, any program that lets you edit pictures with some measure of control can be used as an animation tool—even programs that can't save a file! Pictures that you create one at a time, you can quickly and easily convert to Web animation formats by using a variety of shareware or commercial software utilities or dedicated animation software.

Far too many 2-D software tools are available for me to even list them all in this book, let alone write about them in any detail. (I've counted more than 20 categories, not counting Director/ Flash, GIF, and plug-in-specific tools, which are covered in their own chapters later in this book.) So this chapter breaks down the spectrum of 2-D software into the following important categories, with examples of using each:


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