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Foundation Flash Cartoon Animation by Tim Jones, David Wolfe, Allan S. Rosson, Barry J. Kelly

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Chapter 2CHARACTER LIBRARIES

By Tim Jones

Character animation is a time-consuming and labor-intensive endeavor. Before computers, animators traditionally drew every frame of animation by hand, which often meant drawing the same thing over and over again. By harnessing the power of Flash's library system, you are able to draw things once and reuse them. This does not mean that once the library is created you will not need to draw anymore! It simply frees you from the tedium of redrawing the same things over and over again.

In this chapter, we will discuss how to create highly-organized libraries for use in character animation. As with most of the topics discussed in this book, these are not hard and fast rules. You may have another way to organize ...

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