Export Any File Type
FILE > EXPORT> EXPORT IMAGE/MOVIE FILE
Go to the keyframe/image you want to export and have it in view on the stage.
If you created any MASKS or GUIDES, lock all the layers. You will not see the guides lines in the exported image.
You may see the image distorted if the MASK and the layers linked below it are unlocked.
FILE > EXPORT> EXPORT IMAGE
Name the file in the SAVE AS area. Under the FORMAT tab, select the file type: JPEG IMAGE, GIF IMAGE, or PNG IMAGE.
Choose the file size/dpi. There are different settings for each file type, but they are similar in filling out the preferred resolution.
Keep in mind the use of the image, ie web, video, printing… and that large images can distort.
After you select OK, an EXPORTING window will appear….
Open the folder where the file in located.
Check the image to make sure it was exported correctly for the use of the image.
If you are considering becoming an Animator, it’s a great practice to make up random 5-10 second long animations. When I was in school, the teachers asked the students to constantly create short stories. Some students found it difficult to keep their stories short and simple, receiving failing grades in some cases because they got too lost in their stories.
Tips on creating short stories:
Starting the story as close to the end as you can.
Including at last one character the viewer can strongly identify with – either negatively or positively.
Reveal character motivation or traits essential to the story.
Ensuring that each character included needs something to do – even if the action was simply deliver a newspaper.
Metaphors are a great tool – but keep the related to everyday life – or you will lose your audience. In animation, you can be very creative in how you express your point of view in the story. You can be very literal or “trippy” depending on who your audience is.
Know your basic audience and avoid alienating them. Appealing to what people can relate to is an important foundation if you want people to watch your videos.
Keep a notebook at all times! A quick note now can be a great story tomorrow.
Have fun with it! If you are not having fun, take a nap. Ideas have to marinate and evolve within you, so relax, have fun and let them flow.
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