Selective Blurring

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HERE’S ANOTHER COOL TRICK to suggest movement between two keyframes. Open the “cowboy.fla” from the included source CD and play back the animation. The technique being used is basically a mixture of frame-by-frame animation with a variation of blurring and stretching. Look closely at the movement of the cowboy’s arm when he reaches for the gun. There’s only two frames where this effect is used and at 24 fps it’s almost impossible to see. Yet the effect is still visually effective as it really smooths out the motion of his arm through the gesture of reaching and drawing his weapon.

 

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