Line

What is line? Line is our first visual element to explore! Line is an Elementary means of communication Line can be defined as the path between two points. A tool in a medium creates line as it moves across an area. A line is only visible when it contrasts in value with its surroundings. Three-dimensional lines can be made using wire rods and other things.

A Brick falling from a Shelf: Animating with Key Frames

Symbols, Pivot Points, Transform Tool, keyframes and Onion Skins can make a very intersting animation!  So, how do we do this?  In this tutorial we are going to show an object that is rectangular fall off a surface.  Let’s imagine that this object is a brick.  Your surface can be a shelf, a table or any other surface that you can think of. Step 1:  Create your first layer.  In this layer create the background for your animation.  This first layer will be static.  Make sure to extend the layer to match the amount of frames that are in your...

Squash and Stretch

Squash and Stretch are the first two principles of Animation. These first two principles are to produce an illusion of objects or characters moving with the laws of physics at work. Many see these first two principles as being the most important. Squash and Stretch show the physical properties of a body or object have gravity and weight. Applications of stretch and squash can vary. For instance when taken to an extreme a figure stretched or squashed can have a comical effect or an object that has an exaggerated stretch or squash may be made from an extremely malleable substance....

Dissecting a Web Site

A great way to understand web design is to dissect web design. To begin, websites render differently based upon the device and monitor on which they are displayed. Also, websites render differently based on the search engine that is being used. Since this is the case, we want to always think about what information is presented above the fold of the webpage (where the page ends on your screen without scrolling), especially of the landing page (The landing page is the page on which the visitor lands when he or she types in the URL). As we take a closer...

What is Web Design?

What is Web Design?  What is the role of a website? A website is a collection of pages that display content on the web.  When planning a website we always want to begin by asking ourselves the following questions: What is the purpose of this website? Who is my target audience? These two questions will inform the choices we make in creating successful websites. Although we are not all web designers most of us are experienced web users and know when we have landed on a poorly designed site.  Studies conducted by the Nielsen Norman Group show the following: Summary: Users...