2-D Animation Workshop

Presentation for the 2019 Girl's Can! Conference
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Introduction

Animation
March 2019

In this workshop we'll give a brief highlight of women in animation, then we'll dive into one of the first lessons an animator learns: the bouncing ball.

Animation is a very hands-on, rewarding career to be in. Being an animator means you get to connect with people through a shared love of storytelling, coding, voice-acting, and impactful art.

Take a look at an example of the process from Anastasia's portfolio.

We're going to make a bouncing ball

Step 1

1. Draw a ball

Click the oval marque tool or press O.
Move the mouse over to the top left of the canvas.
At the top left, press and hold shift while dragging out a circle.

Step 2

2. Make it a symbol

Click the direct selection tool or press V.
Single click the circle you just made (it may look dotted now).
On the circle, right click, select “Convert to symbol...”, name it anything, and press ok.

Step 3

3. Make a new keyframe

Go to the timeline at the bottom of the screen, select the next frame to the right of the circle, click it and press the new frame button or press F5.

Step 4

4. Move the circle lower, make new keyframes, repeat

Follow the vertical line and move the circle lower by selecting the direct selection tool (the black arrow) at the top of the toolbar or press V. Then follow the instructions from #3.
Repeat - Keep making new frames and moving the ball accordingly.

Step 5

5. Move ball to the ground

Continue moving the ball lower and following the instructions from #3, with more and more space between them, until you hit the ground.

Step 6

6. Copy and paste the frames

Go to the timeline and select all of the frames you have made so far by selecting one then shift clicking to the other end. With them all selected, right click over them and select "Copy frames". Then select the next frame to the right of the last circle, right click, and select "Paste frames". Select the frames you just pasted.

Step 6

7. Reverse Frames

With those frames selected, right click them, and select “Reverse Frames”.

Step 6

8. Add squashes and stretches

Now you can go back to the low point of the bounce and squash the ball. If you’re feeling fancy you can also go to the midway points and stretch the ball.

Step 9

9. All done!

Up for the next challenge?

Step 1

1. Draw a ball

Click the oval marque tool or press O.
Move the mouse over to the top left of the canvas.
At the top left, press and hold shift while dragging out a circle.

Step 2

2. Make it a symbol

Click the direct selection tool or press V then single click the circle you just made.
On the circle, right click, select “Convert to symbol...”, name it anything, and press ok.

Step 3

3. Make a new keyframe

Go to the timeline at the bottom of the screen, select the next frame to the right of the circle, click it and press the new frame button or press F5.

Step 4

4. Move the circle along the line, make new keyframes, repeat

Follow the purple line and move the circle lower by selecting the direct selection tool (the black arrow) at the top of the toolbar or press V. Then follow the instructions from #3.
Repeat - Keep making new frames and moving the ball accordingly.

Step 5

5. Move ball to the ground

Continue moving the ball along the line and following the instructions from #3, with more and more space between them, until you hit the ground.

Step 6

6. Add squashes and stretches

Go to the timeline and select all of the frames you have made so far by selecting one then shift clicking to the other end. With them all selected, right click over them and select "Copy frames". Then select the next frame to the right of the last circle, right click, and select "Paste frames". Select the frames you just pasted.

Step 7

7. All done!

Shortcuts

What it does Windows Mac OS
Undo CTRL + Z -
Copy CTRL + C -
Paste CTRL + V -
Selection Tool V -
Oval Tool O -
Free Transform Tool Q -
Make a Symbol F8 -
New Keyframe F6 -
Extend a Keyframe F5 -
Blank Keyframe F7 -

Hope you made a fantastic bouncing ball!