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How to Cheat in Adobe Flash CS4 by Chris Georgenes

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Closing the Gaps

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FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION in Flash. The more stylized the design, the more flexibility you will have when it comes to adding motion. On the other hand, the more anatomically correctly your character is designed, the less you can get away with when the time comes to animate it.

Sometimes a project comes along where the design style demands realism. As a result, the animation technique demands attention to detail, which can be limiting to a certain degree. One particular issue is bending arms and legs at their respective joints, and the unsightly gap between them that is often created. The solution: “caps”. At least that’s what I like ...

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