Thursday, October 06, 2005

Animated GIFS

Animated GIFs in Photoshop 7 and ImageReady
This is an in-depth tutorial on creating animated GIFS. Refer to this article to review everything you need to know to create animated.

Examples of Student Animated GIFS

These animations were created by 8th graders (at Poly Prep) to demonstrate their knowledge of the Archimedes Principle.

Savage Earth:
My students (again, at Poly Prep) were asked to create animation to illustrate earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes.

Cell Biology:
These animations were created by 7th grade students (yet again, at Poly Prep) as part of a science unit on cellular processes.

Introduction to Animation Using Flash

What is Flash?
Macromedia Flash is a multimedia graphics program specially for use on the Web
Flash enables you to create interactive "movies" on the Web
Flash uses vector graphics, which means that the graphics can be scaled to any size without losing clarity/quality
Flash does not require programming skills and is easy to learn

Animation Basics

Idlewild: Tutorials: Bouncing Ball
This is everything you need to understand the basic principles of animation, especially squash and stretch.

Cartoonster: Fun Animation Tutorials
This site demonstrates the effect of frame rate (frames per second). Squash and stretch are also covered again in this simple tutorial

Flash Basics

Phong (Flash Animation Tutorial)
“When an object squashes and stretches, it appears to be composed of a softer, organic, elastic material. Objects which do not stretch appear rigid and plain.” Tutorials: Flash : Bouncing Ball
This is another approach to the bouncing ball, try it this way for homework: try to understand “Easing In” and “Easing Out”.

Macromedia Software
Download the trial version of Flash MX 2004 from this site, if you want to work at home.

FLASH Tutorials:Animation the old Fashioned Way with Flash

Animation Tutorials for Flash

STOP MOTIONFrame Thief for stop motion animation

Examples of Animation
Schlumberger SEED, the science education web site.
Using Macromedia Flash, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe ImageReady, I created these animations to illustrate a unit on Science in the Bathroom.

In the Bathroom
Using Macromedia Flash, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe ImageReady, I created these animations to illustrate a unit on science in the Bathroom.

Illustrations and a flash animation linked on this page; “Watch the soap bubbles form”

Mist on the Mirror

Floating Duck

The Bath is Too Cold!

Flushing Vortex

The Drying Hairdryer

Illustrations and animation about other science topics:
The Cartesian Diver


Build a Buckyball

Salvadori Foundation education and the built environment.
This site is an animated companion to The Art of Construction by Mario Salvadori. I created over 150 illustrations and animations on this site.

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