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Anime Studio don't buy into the point and click hype

A guide by Harmonybee (United States)

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Anime Studio is only easy to use if you dedicate some time to familiarize yourself with the user interface.
But understanding how Anime Studio works is only half the battle. Even if you know Anime Studio inside and out it won't do you any good if you don't understand the principles of animation or how a human figure looks in motion and how to make a human or animal or any other type of character move convincingly. Also how to design a layout that goes with the flow of your storytelling style. Knowing some filmmaker techniques will also separate you from the noobie.

I'm getting sick of people claiming Anime Studio is as easy as point and click that is a misnomer in and of itself. Don't get me wrong Anime Studio is a powerful program. The only users I see who demonstrate this fact are people who actually know how to animate or they're seasoned Animators themselves.

Anime Studio is far from easy to use. I've bought it in the past and have been disappointed because despite the glowing praise many people heap upon it. I've yet to see those same people produce beautiful and near professional quality works with all that power at their finger tips.

My advice would be to find online video tutorials on how to use Anime Studio. Of course if you want a user guide you for Anime studio you could buy this book: Anime Studio 6: The Official Guide
New versions here:
Anime Studio Pro 9
Anime Studio Debut 9

previous versions:
Anime Studio Debut 7 [OLD VERSION]
Anime Studio Pro 7 [OLD VERSION]




However if you want to be one step ahead of everyone who bought into the easy as point and click hype . I suggest you educate yourself on how people,animals and objects move or behave.



Character Animation Crash Course! this book is a crash course on character animation I suggest you pick up this book or this bookThe Animator's Survival Kit to really give yourself a head start on animation or these two tomes :Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes: Volume 1: The Walt Stanchfield Lectures and Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes: Volume 2: The Walt Stanchfield Lectures.
Of course no animation training course is complete without some knowledge on cinematography:
Setting Up Your Shots: Great Camera Moves Every Filmmaker Should Know or Master Shots: 100 Advanced Camera Techniques to Get an Expensive Look on Your Low-Budget Movie. Don't forget storyboarding:The Art of the Storyboard: Storyboarding for Film, TV, and Animation or Storyboards: Motion in Art, Third Edition.

Having trouble designing An animation background layout. Well you can download Google Sketchup and there are some video tutorials on how to use sketchup on the web if you're interested in using Google Sketchup to assist you.

Of course learning to draw always helps assuming some of you don't know how to draw:
Anatomy for the Artist or An Atlas of Animal Anatomy for Artists (Dover Anatomy for Artists).

If you want backgrounds that have the look of traditional painted backgrounds you can buy either Corel Painter 12 or Corel Painter 11 [OLD VERSION] or Adobe Photoshop CS5 [Old Version] or Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 (Win/Mac) [OLD VERSION](cheap but good) or Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 [OLD VERSION].

You can also download Gimp which is opensource meaning free.
here is a book on how to use it.
The Artist's Guide to GIMP Effects: Creative Techniques for Photographers, Artists, and Designers and this one too Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional (Expert's Voice in Open Source)

I also recommend some Editing software to enhance the overall look of your animation projects. However if you are a windows user you already have windows movie maker which I heard is pretty decent. Although if you feel windows movie maker is sufficient enough for you why not get Adobe After Effects CS5 [OLD VERSION]. For Mac users Apple Final Cut Studio 2 - Old Version orFinal Cut Express 4 - Old Version or Adobe After Effects CS4 [Mac] [OLD VERSION] and of course there is Adobe Premiere Elements 9 [Old Version].

I suggest you borrow some of the books I suggested if you are unsure if any of them will be of use to you.
You can download quicktime and upgrade to quicktime pro if you already have it installed on your computer. It's available for both mac and pc. My apologies in advance to Linux users.
Buy a scanner if you don't have one already and some computer paper for drawing if you want to learn the principles the old fashioned way. Doesn't hurt to watch a DVD in slow motion if you would prefer to understand how humans move that way. Or buy a camcorder to film some people in motion which you can later rotoscope over if you wish.

You can also import some quicktime movies directly into Anime Studio and play back the motion and read the books I've recommended instead of learning to animate with pencil and paper if you like.

For more information on animation view my create high quality cartoons guide.
To get the most mileage out of anime studio you might want to design your characters on paper and scan your finished characters. Use them as a reference when you recreate your characters in Anime Studio.

Or if you don't want to be bothered with drawing in Anime Studio you can use the pre-made characters or buy pre-made characters from online vendors like CartoonSolutions.

If you want to truly master Anime Studio you could visit the anime studio online forums some users are experts and have websites dedicated to mastering anime studio.

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