Building Animations

GIF animations are commonplace on web pages, and you'll probably see dogs wagging their tails endlessly, cats catching mice, balls bouncing. It's enough to make you dizzy. Photoshop and ImageReady can create the graphics elements and add motion to any of these goodies. If they aren't too big and flashy, they can be cute.

Today's animation is done, as it was 50 years ago, using layers. Figure 24.10 is my animation model, a Japanese Happy Cat. This one, in black, represents good health. I'm going to make him wave at you in a very simple three-step animation.

Figure 24.10. This cat will soon wave his paw.

The first step is to ...

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