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Chapter 7. Animating in Flash > Flash at Work: “Un-Perfecting” Animation

Flash at Work: “Un-Perfecting” Animation

The mathematical precision of Flash’s vector graphics places animation within the grasp of anyone who can master a graphics program. Think of the caliber and quantity of artists who were required to create early Disney cartoons. Flash truly makes animation accessible.

The downside to the awesome power of Flash’s vectors is that they can be so exact as to become impersonal and therefore less interesting. In the natural world, shapes have imperfections and movement is often irregular. To create the most compelling animations with Flash, use its capabilities as a starting point. Tweak shapes to make them slightly irregular. Take full advantage of easing to create variety in pacing of movement. Introduce intermediate keyframes in tweens and combine frame-by-frame and tweened animations for more realistic effects. Above all, take inspiration from the imperfect world around you.


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