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Old 09-10-2009, 02:53 PM   #1
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Hello everybody from the newest member of the forums!

I'm going straight to the point: me and few of my friends started a game project, a 2D platformer, which needs to be playable in 3 months (none of us has ever done games before, this is an important school project). I'm responsible for the visual design, characters, objects and animation of the game. The style of the game is going to be cartoony (World of Goo, Metal Slug, Plants vs Zombies... you know) and I'd love to be able to create extremely smooth animation to our game.

I can draw but I've never animated anything before and I don't know how to do it properly. Currently the only way for me to create anything animated is to open up photoshop and manually draw every single frame on layers. The problem is that I don't think that is the correct way to create animations to anything except for some small gif's for fun.

So my question is: what programs are used to animate 2D games? Preferably free ones or demos that don't disable exporting and saving files in different formats.

I've been scouring the Internet for an answer intensely for two days now and I'm running out of ideas where to search...

So far I've installed and tried these programs:

Synfig - Heavy crashing combined with an interface made in hell and a mystical problem where the program wouldn't import anything. Using this just for few hours aged me for a decade.

Anime Studio Pro 6 demo - Looked promising but it saves files only in one single format as a demo so it's completely useless for this project.

Plastic Animation Paper 4 demo - Similiar to the Anime Studio.

We are in a little hurry with our game so I need to start animating as soon as possible.

Thanks in advance for all the answers.

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Old 09-10-2009, 11:35 PM   #2
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Hi! I'd try either animating within Flash or Photoshop for this project if you can. Also, if you want to make the animation smooth, you need to read up a bit on the principles of animation itself and how they work.

A great reference is the book Cartoon Animation by Preston Blair:

http://www.amazon.com/Cartoon-Animat...2647106&sr=8-1

With the new Photoshop CS4, there is an animation creation tool built into the program. You can read about it here:

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Photosho...144F5711a.html

Good luck!

I'm not super read up on any of the other programs out there, so hopefully some other people can give you a few more options.
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Old 09-11-2009, 12:37 AM   #3
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Thanks for the answer.

I don't have extra money or time to buy and read a book but I'll have to find out if there's a Photoshop CS4 and after effects in our school's computer labs.
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No problem! Good luck!
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