2. Animation Basics


The dictionary defines the term “animation” as the rapid display of still images to give the illusion of movement. To the typical graphic designer, animation can be mystifying. We’re used to creating images for specific purposes. It’s not even difficult to understand modifying an image—creating several versions of that image for different purposes, say, in an advertising campaign. In animation, however, you don’t have to create just one or two images; you have to create thousands.


The next time you watch a movie or cartoon, try to remember that there is no true motion on the screen. What you are seeing are thousands ...

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