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3. Your First Animation > 3.4. Preparing Text For Animation

Preparing Text For Animation

Text is often an integral part of an animation, drawing the eye to key terms that need to stand out in the design. In the completed version of our animation, the title of this book, “Flash Out of the Box,” appears one word at a time, moving in from different directions. In this ad, the boxes serve to initially attract the user’s attention, and the animated text completes the effect. A short animation such as this one serves its purpose without being gratuitous.

When choosing a font, be sure to pick one that matches the needs of the piece. If you are going to use more than one font, be mindful of the fact that designers sometimes use too many fonts or fonts that are too similar. Use no more than two or three fonts, and make sure they are dissimilar enough that the user can appreciate the difference instead of thinking she’s merely viewing an inconsistent design. The same holds true for the point size of text within a single font, or even across different fonts. If you’re using more than one font, you’ll generally want to use a different point size for each font. If all text is similar, you’re better off sticking with a single font at a single point size. (Reducing the number of fonts also helps to keep.....swf file size down.)


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