3 Simple Cut-Out Animation

Flash is often used to display animation within a web browser. In many parts of the world most web users still access the web using a modem. Their connection speed is around 4 K per second. That means that a 40 K file will take 10 seconds to download, while a 400 K file will take around 100 seconds. As a developer you need to be aware that the patience of your viewers is limited. File size is likely to be a huge issue for Internet developers for the next several years. In this chapter we will look at how you can create animations that look fluid while using a minimum of artwork. This has a dual benefit: it is quicker to produce and it results in smaller file sizes.

Segmenting a Character

Figure 3.1 The segments in ...

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