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Tweening

This is the animators' term for “In Between.” In traditional animation, artists created key frames of action then drew the in-between frames. The great thing about ImageReady is that it does the tweening for you. You can select two key frames and tell the computer to blend them together. This can be done in terms of opacity or placement or both. Let's create a simple two-frame animation and let the computer tween for us.

1.
Create a new document in Photoshop.

2.
Type the word “Tweening” in any color you want (see Figure 8-15).

Figure 8-15. Type the word “Tweening” in a new window.


3.
Duplicate that layer so you have two of the same layer.

4.
Click on one of the layers.

5.
With the Text tool selected, click on the Warp Text option in the top menu options (see Figure 8-16).

Figure 8-16. The Warp Text option.


6.
Select Bulge from the Warp Text options (see Figure 8-17).

Figure 8-17. Selecting Bulge from the Warp Text options.


7.
Now you have two layers. One normal and one bulged.

8.
Select the Jump To ImageReady button at the bottom of the tool bar.

9.
Make sure the Animation palette is showing. It should have one frame showing as it did in the last example.

10.
Create a new animated layer from the New Layer icon at the bottom of the Animation palette.

11.
Click the normal layer off and click the bulge layer on.

12.
You should have two layers in the Animation palette (see Figure 8-18).

Figure 8-18. The Animation palette with two layers ready to tween.


13.
With your shift key held down, select both frames in the Animation palette.

14.
Click the Tween option at the bottom of the Animation palette (see Figure 8-19).

Figure 8-19. The Tween option in the Animation palette.


15.
The Tween options dialog box will pop up.

16.
The default selection is fine for this exercise (see Figure 8-20).

Figure 8-20. Selecting the Tween options.


17.
Click OK.

18.
The animated palette will now show all your tween layers (see Figure 8-21).

Figure 8-21. Your tweened layers in the Animation palette.


19.
Click the first frame in the Animation palette.

20.
Click the Play button and watch your cool tweened animation.


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