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Creating a background.


When creating your backgrounds you first want to start with a sketch that you can place in your Photoshop file. When you open a new project on Photoshop, or what ever program you may be using be sure that you have the right size. CS5 has a default film and video setting so getting one started is simple but if the program you are using does not have a film setting the format you can use is below.
Size: NTSC DV
Width: 720 pixels
Height: 480 pixels
Resolution: 150 pixels/inch (you can also use 72 but that is very small and hard to get good details)
Color: RBG/ 8 bit

The pictures below are the backgrounds I used for the animation I am working on. the edges are not finished in these pictures. When you are doing your animations be sure you finish you edges. Even though your most important information will be in the center, you will want to be sure the whole background looks clean.


Sloth004.jpg

birdseye.jpg

sideview_sloth.jpg

Charactor design

When you are designing you character for a digital animation you want it to be clear and basic. If you are extremely blessed with unlimited supplies you can do your designing on the computer. But for the rest of the world, you will want to do your character design on paper.
Be sure the character is very simplified. Otherwise when you bring it onto the computer it will be hard to get all the details to move smoothly, and its just a lot of work. Keep in mind you may want to hinge the arms an legs to simplify animating. In that case take that into consideration when you are drawing. How will you make the limbs so they can be easily hinged? Once you have the image drawn, and everyone in your group(if you are animating with others) agrees on the character, then you can scan it onto you computer. If you do not have scanner yo can take a digital photo of it and download it onto your computer that way. Once it is on your computer, bring it into photo shop or, in my case, Tuneboom. You will want to touch up the image so it i clear and easy to replicate.

Simple steps:
1. Brain storm
2. Sketch ideas in some sample designs
3. Decide on one of your sample images
4. Make a clean, basic character
5. scan or download it onto your computer
6. bring it into the program you will be using to animate

Things to remember:
- Don't be too detailed unless you are will to take on the amount of work that will go with it.
- Make the image clear
- keep in mind: what do you want your character to do? How active will it be in the video? What kind of personality will it have?


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