Understanding the Fastest and Easiest Animation Technique 

 May 24, 2019

Many
people seek ways and techniques to animate faster and easier, especially
freelancers who want to deliver
quality services while they reduce
working time. If you are reading this, you are most likely among the league of
doers. So, without much ado, let’s get down to the brass tacks.

Plan

Like
every other creative, the importance of planning and prior evaluation of what
needs to be cannot be deemphasized in animation. Planning saves you the frustration
of having to repeat your designing or development processes; neither would you
feel stranded after you have begun working. Putting your ideation process
forward saves you a lot of stress and time; when you ideate before you begin
animating, your thoughts flow freely and your development cum designing
processes would follow a laid-out plan. Hold-ups are common and usual in
instances where you animate directly from your mind, for each process. During
planning, make notes, imagine, observe, and be conscious of timing.

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Learn
Quick keys

Quick
keys, also known as shortcuts (keys), depend on your animator program of
choice, of course.  Nevertheless, these
keys are life and time savers. You can check online for the quick keys of your
animator. There would be loads of contents staring at you. They make your work
fast and smart.

Use
an Animator

A
number of animator tools are available to help you to develop or select some
elements or objects that can be featured in your work. For example, using SVG
animation allows you to select an object,
design, label, or other things that you can feature in your animation project.
Animators are the real MVPs; you can select from the vast wealth of animation
options, add your own modification and export it to your timeline. It saves you
the time of having to create some things from scratch.

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Use
Software Extensions

Many
of the animation programs available have extensions. They help to keep the
moment of your workflow. For instance, Flash/Animate CC has its extension known
as Tween2Keys and others. These extensions help when you to further the
applications of a program such as doubling effect or to create a walk cycle or
move something from a point to another. Extensions help to decrease manual efforts,
which are usually time-consuming and can be unstable or discontinuous. Some
extensions generate thumbnails for character packs at different positions and
movements. You can pin those thumbnails on your timeline as new keyframes when
such positions are needed to be recreated.

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Reuse
poses from previous works

If you really want to save a chunk of time, then you have to be smart about reusing poses, sequences, effects, and objects from previous works. Not just poses, you can copy effects and reuse them with the inclusion of a new background, design, poster, etc. You don’t have to reuse a whole sequence, just bits of it would get you ahead of the overall animation time. You speed up the modification of previous works by adding animation objects and options from SVG animator. This was Disney’s secret for many years; who says you can’t adopt it?

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