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Looking for a richer, more dynamic look for your Flash-based animation? Hand-drawn animation is an alternative to a strict symbol-based technique, which combines the looseness of line drawing with the efficiency of Flash features like tweening. Dermot O' Connor introduces this technique, starting with how to create thumbnails and pose tests, refine your timing, and lock down keyframes. He shows how to add breakdown drawings to smooth out the animation and add the in-betweens that complete the "traditional" look and feel. The final chapters are dedicated to cleanup and a couple of hybrid approaches: one using hand-drawn in-between frames to transition a difficult character turn in Flash, and the other taking advantage of Timewarp effect in After Effects to retime an animation.
So now we're ready to begin the long grind of cleaning up the entire scene. So let me give you some options, because we have three basic choices of style. And the one on the left is quickest and I call it the brush style and that's essentially continuing the way we've already done. And I've made time estimates on each layer, cleaned up style one simple or brush. That's taking about five minutes to go through a single frame to get it to this level of cleanliness. I may go in a little closer on that so you can see.
So let me compare that to the original layer and you can see there's little jaggies and things. So you essentially go through what the brush and the Eraser tool and take off those edges. And you can get the character to a much higher level of cleanliness, but it still has the basic look I mean, it still looks more or less like the same style. And the second look to go for is the Line tool. And that's this tool here. And if we click on that layer and then we just draw with that, we clean up our layer with the Line tool. And this is, I think, the fastest, beyond the Cleanup simple tool, because it's a single vector line.
And the third style is the most time consuming and certainly the most illustrative look. The most arty look because it uses the fill and essentially it means we create an inside line and an outside line, let me show you what that looks like. Just make a quick temporary layer. And what we would do is create one vector line for say, this crease. And then another and then close it off and then fill this area, and use the same process for every part of the character.
And as you can see, I'm having to manually draw the inside and the outside line and it's quite time consuming. Takes quite a bit of effort and finesse. Because you have lines overlapping with one another. So you have to be quite patient with it. And it's easily the slowest. I would only do this for something that was a super high quality project that had a very good deadline to it. That wasn't like a mad rush. So, my recommendation at least for the moment, is that you avoid Cleanup Style Three. My favorite one, for the purpose of this course, is to use the Line tool.
So let me switch everything off, and let's just look at that Line tool. And you might notice that because it's a single vector line, it looks a little bit, well flat, maybe a little dull. The nice thing about it is that Flash does come with certain options available to customize it. So, for example, if you select the Ink Bottle tool. And in the Properties panel you have options for different lines, dashed or dotted, ragged, stipple and hatched. And each of these have secondary settings.
It's not an enormous selection but it's certainly more that just this basic line here. So let me show you some examples and we can compare them one after the other. Zoom out just a little here so we can see more of it. So here is the basic line Hairline width. Here is one where I thickened the silhouette and I used a slightly thicker line for the interiors. And here is one where I applied a nice stipple brush effect. On this one a wavy line, and here we have a dotted blotty line. So you have these options and I'm actually starting to like this one.
Let's zoom out a little bit. And you can see even at a distance, hopefully you can see this on your screen. It has a pen drawn or a pencil drawn feel to it. And the beauty of this is, you can change the line weight. So, if you think later on, I think it's a little too light. Let's make it thicker than that. Why, certainly, we can. So, we've already made it much heavier here, maybe too heavy. So, perhaps you want it thinner. And there it's so thin, it almost looks like the hairline again. So you get the idea. And the fact that you can make these changes very, very quickly, is a lot of power to have.
So I'm deciding for the clean up section of the course, I'm going to not use this simple style for the simple reason, it's too simple. And I want a little bit of a challenge, but certainly I don't want to go this extreme that would take too long. But I think Cleanup Style number two, using the Line tool I think that's a pretty good look and I'm going to go with that.
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