We've seen works of art that pretend to move, but how can you make a picture that REALLY zooms by? Here are a few ways to go about it.
of a simple story or event that you want to show in your flip book. Remember,
it should have a beginning, middle, and end. Some ideas to consider are:
You will need to think of every single step in your story because a flip book needs at least 25 pages to work well. Every drawing must be slightly different, showing a progression from the previous one.
Start with the first sheet of paper in the pad. Draw your first picture near the edge of the pad so it can easily be seen when the pages are flipped. (You may want to sketch in pencil first, and then use the markers or colored pencils to fill in the shapes.)
Turn to the next page and begin your second drawing. Look at your first drawing as a guide. There should only be a small difference between the two pictures.
Continue your drawings until your story is completed.
Make a cover for your flip book with a title and a picture.
Now flip the pages from front to back and watch your story in action.
To save time and paper, you can create more than one picture on a page and then print and cut out the art. Heres how. Select the image you've just drawn and use the copy command to duplicate it. Then paste that image into the same document. Now you should have two pictures side by side that are exactly alike. Change the shape or color in your picture to make it a bit different from the first one. Copy the second picture, paste it back into the document, and change it. That will be picture 3. Repeat the copy-and-paste process, making a slight change to your picture each time. After you have assembled at least 25 different images, print the document, and then use a pair of scissors to cut out the pictures and paste them onto the pages of your flip book.
On the computer, you dont need many frames to make your image move. Sometimes just two or three different drawings are enough to suggest motion.
Heres an example of the same flower we used in the flip book. Each of the four frames is visible for half a second. You can create an animation that plays once and stops, or you can set the animation to loop (which means it starts over when it gets to the end of the sequence). The last frame is blank to let people know the movie is starting over.
look at the cat drawing on the right. Can you count how many frames were
used to create this animation? They go by quickly and there are a lot
more frames than you might think! Would you like to see
how this was made? Are you ready to create your own gif animation
now? Why not give it a try.
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