Book Illustrations How-To
Graphics and Book Illustrations
First, draw all of the illustrations necessary and import them into Flash.
With the INK TOOL I use a Wacom Tablet and Pen when I trace over my work and want the inked and hand drawn look. If I am looking for a more graphic feel, I usually work on just the laptop’s keypad.
After all the work has been inked, with the FILL TOOL I start to color in all the illustrations.
I like to do each step for every illustration all together. I will draw all the work, ink all the work, color all the work, and then move on to animation work. This helps when you are working with clients so that each stage is approved without having to go back and make structural changes. Less work in the long run.
The bear is colored in. I thought of the “Purple Crayon” book and wanted to use a simple though pleasing color palette.
Placement of the images and text is done for the book and animation. Play around with the images or sketch the placement for ideas. Make sure each scene is placed well for reading, timing, and general eye-catching appeal for the purpose of the project.
When preparing to export remember these important points:
Simplify the timeline so that each page illustration is on one keyframe. If there are layered keyframes, make them one keyframe in length.
Make each page/keyframe on the timeline sequential and back-to-back.
Export the images as a sequential movie, or as a JPEG or PNG sequence. It is best to save images as 300 dpi for printing. If you are saving these images for the web, save the images at the specified size needed.
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