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Popping Sphere Animation
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Popping Sphere Animation
Created by: Graham

This is a simple animation using the Illumination effect "Sunburst".

Standard Toolbar - New (image) button

Step 1: Create a new image

Click on the "New Image" button. The system opens the New Image dialog box. In the dialog box, change the settings as follows:
Width = 200 pixels
Height = 200 pixels
Resolution = 72.000 pixels
Background color = Black
Image type = 16.7 Million Colors (24 Bit)

After making these settings, click on the OK button. The system opens your new 200x200 image with a black background.


Tool Palette - Preset Shapes tool     Standard Toolbar - Toggle Tool Options Window button

Step 2: Place a preset shape onto your new image

After clicking on the Preset Shapes button make sure that you can see the Tool Options window, if not click on the Tool Options button to bring it into view.

When you can see the Tool Options window select the button 036 which is an orange sphere or select one of your own. Make sure the Retain Style is checked and that Create as vector is unchecked. Now place the cursor onto your new image and drag the cursor to draw your sphere. It does not have to cover the full area of our new image, just make it a reasonable size but not touching the edges.


Tool Palette - Magic Wand tool   Standard Toolbar - Copy button   Standard Toolbar - Paste button   Tool Palette - Flood Fill tool

Step 3: Select and copy your sphere

Click on the Magic Wand button, then place the cursor onto the black part of your image and click. You should now see an unbroken white line going around the outside edge of your image and around your sphere.

Next go to Selections || Invert. The unbroken white line is now only going around your sphere.

Press Ctrl+C (Edit || Copy) to copy your image to the clipboard, then press Ctrl+V (Edit || Paste || As New Image) to get an image of your sphere. If the black background has vanished then just put it back using the Flood Fill tool.


Standard Toolbar - Copy button     Standard Toolbar - Paste button

Step 4: Sphere we go again

Press Ctrl+C (Edit || Copy) to get an image of our new sphere, then press Ctrl+V (Edit || Paste || As New Image) 12 times.

Pick one of the spheres and save it in .gif format as "/tutorial/html/tut7eff/One.gif" or whatever naming convention that you would like to use, select another sphere, then go to Effects || Illumination Effects || Sunburst. In the Sunburst dialog box set the following:
Presets = Custom
Color = White
Rays: Density = 10
Rays: Brightness = 10
Circle = 10
Light Spot: Brightness = 10

Do not worry about the Vertical and Horizontal until you have read the next step:

The next step is to drag the cross haired cursor in the left pane to the centre of the sphere or, in the case of the sphere that I used, I placed the cursor over the white spot on the sphere. You will see the Vertical and Horizontal figures change, when you have the cross hair in the position that you want. Click on OK to close the Sunburst dialog box, then save this image as "/tutorial/html/tut7eff/Two.gif" or whatever.


Step 5: Been sphere before

Select another sphere image and repeat step 4, but increase all the figures by 10. Keep doing this until all the figures reach 100.


Step 6: Time to disa-sphere

Select another sphere and go to Colors || Adjust || Brightness/Contrast. In the dialog box change the settings as follows:
% Contrast = 0
Brightness = 75

Click OK to close the dialog and save as the next number in the sequence that you have chosen.


Step 7: It's disa-sphere-d

Repeat step 6, but increase the Brightness to 255. This will cause a complete wipeout.

This is the last image for the start of the animation, in step 8 we will add the last part of the animation.

Standard Toolbar - Copy button   Standard Toolbar - Paste button    Tool Palette - Paint Brush tool

Step 8: Going dotty

Press Ctrl+C (Edit || Copy) to get a copy of your wipeout image, then press Ctrl+V (Edit || Paste || As New Image) 5 times.

Now click on the Paint Brush button and in the Tool Options palette change the settings as follows:
Shape = Round
Size = 20
All other figures = 100

Click on OK and place a dot in the middle of the image.

Tool Palette - Text tool

Step 9: Dot to text

Repeat step 8, but increase the size by 20 and after each increase save the image. Do this until we have a black screen.

Now use the Text button to place a text of your choice on the black image.


Step 10: Time to animate

Go to File || Jasc Software Products || Launch Animation Shop. When Animation Shop opens click on the Animation Wizard button.

In the first box to appear make settings as follows:
"Same size as the first image frame" = checked. Click Next.
"Transparent" = checked. Click Next.
"Centered in the frame" and "With the canvas color" = checked. Click Next.
"Yes, repeat the animation indefinitely" = checked,
"How long ..." = 10. Click Next.
Click on the Add Image button, then locate the images that you have made and place them in the box, use the Up and Down buttons to put your images in order. Click Next, then click Finish.

Now click the View Animation button and see your hard work come to life!


Step 11: Ease back and slow down

Right-click on the first frame of the animation frames window, go to Animation || Frame Properties and change the Display Time to 100. Do the same with the last frame and your animation should be finished.

Go to File || Save As and give it a name.

So until I write the next animation tutorial have fun and experiment!