Monday, 24 November 2014


My Claymation

A claymation is an animation made up of lots of photos that are put into a sequence to create a moving picture. Clay models are used and are moved very slightly every frame, well known claymations include Wallace and Gromit, Morph and Pingu. 

Wallace and Gromit

Before taking any photos you must consider lighting because it must stay the same during the whole scene, this means that you can't rely on natural light as it changes throughout the day. The frame size and the position of the camera has to stay the same as the animation will not be smooth.

Once you have taken all the images that you need to import them into After Effects. Make sure the composition is set to 1080HDTV 25, this is the standard for the UK. When importing the images you can import them all at the same time as a sequence. This save a lot of time however it means that all the images are in order of its number otherwise if you skip a number a blank frame will be added.

The frame rate was set a 10fps this means that is is quite jumpy. To make the animation smoother you can add more frames which increases the FPS. The standard frame rate of most claymation is 24fps, this means that for full length claymation films, such as Wallace and Gromit, it can take years to create.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Frame Animation

This is my frame animation made using Photoshop

To make animation you must open Photoshop then click 'File' then 'New' this window will then appear. Select 'Custom" preset and change the width to 1920p and the height has to be 1080p.

 At the bottom in the timeline there should be a button that should say either Create Frame Animation or Create Video Timeline, select 'Create Frame Animation' and click it. Then a blank timeline will appear.

Change the loop option to forever, this means that it will constantly loop without stopping. Also set the length of the frame to 0.2 seconds, this means that each frame will stay on for 0.2 seconds then it will change and the frame rate 5fps (frames per second). The shorter the frame length means that the frame rate is higher so the film is smoother.

 You can change the tools to motion tools by selecting 'Motion' at the top right corner.

You can then add layers and draw what you want on each layer for each frame. Then select the frame and choose what layer you want to see using the little eye button. You need to do this for every frame.

To save the animation you need to go to 'File', 'Save for web' then I made the resolution smaller by changing it to 50% this is so that it can easily be upload to the web. You can preview the animation to check that it all works. Then click save and choose where you want to save it, then it will be saved as a GIF.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Keith Haring

Keith Haring

Keith Haring was a US artist and social activist who was involved with the NYC street culture of 1980s. In his art he expressed birth, death, sexuality & war. The Keith Haring Foundation supports non-profit organisations that assist children, as well as organisations involved in education, research and care related to AIDS. Haring died on Friday February 16, 1990 of AIDS-related complications.

I made this animation using Adobe After Effects.

Key framing is setting a value to an object at a specific point in time. In After Effects, once a keyframe is set it will automatically change the value of the object between two keyframes.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Vector Graphics

Vector Graphics

Vector graphics are made up of line equations and calculations to create a graphic. They are different from bitmaps as they are more precise and take up less storage space. They are used because objects can be edited, for example change the size, shape or colour, so  many graphics can be created. Also, the quality doesn't change when the images is resized. 

Some examples of vector graphics:


Useful tools
Select tool- used to select the whole graphic
Direct select tool- used to select points on the 

Pen tool - used to add points that join up to create a line or a shape

Shape tool- can create shapes such as circles and rectangles
Paint brush - used to draw free lines

Zoom- used to zoom in or out of your graphic

Fill Colour/Line Colour- used to change the colour of the shape or line

Vector Graphic Tutorials

My Final Minion made using Illustrator