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Online Adobe Animate Course

Animate I

In this course you'll get a thorough, hands-on introduction to Animate, learning how to draw and import artwork, organize it using symbols and layers, and animate it using a range of techniques from basic tweening to frame-by-frame animation. Animation techniques you'll cover will include motion tweening, scaling and rotating objects, nested animations, animating objects on a path, masks, and lip syncing. You'll also master new techniques to make your animations more fluid and realistic. By the end of the course you will have created your own animated instructional or educational video.

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Course Outline

1 - Introduction to Animate

In Lesson One, you'll learn how Animate evolved and what it's used for. You'll begin with the basics for creating an educational or informational video: setting up a document, using drawing tools, add fill and stroke colors, create and modify shapes, grouping objects, and add depth to your artwork using gradients.

Project - Create a character and storyline

2 – From Raster to Vector

In this lesson, you will learn how to import different kinds of media to support your animated project, including audio files and bitmap images to use as a reference for backgrounds. You'll learn some tips and techniques for the new Paint Brush tool and cover how to manage your artwork and keep your project organized with groups, layers, and symbols.

Project – Developing your scene and script

3 – Tweens and Keyframes

Let's move! You'll learn how to animate graphics, starting with the basics of motion tweening, learning different ways to change the position, size, angle, and pace of an animation in Animate. You’ll also work with motion paths and learn how to modify them. Add a sense of realism to your animation using easing.

Project – Apply beginning animation techniques

4 – Intermediate Animation Techniques

In Lesson 4, you'll explore how to animate and orient objects along a path using motion guides, animate titles to introduce your topic, animate text to add 3D effects, and create nested animations to give your animation credibility.

Project – Apply intermediate animation techniques

5 – Advanced Animation Techniques

Lesson 5 will teach you how to create static and animated mask layers to isolate features in your animation. Learn how to create practical masking techniques to show objects emerging in a 3-D environment, like a doorway or tunnel. Also, learn the basics of frame-by-frame animation and how to create lip syncing using this technique.

Project – Create an animated storyboard

6 – The Next Level of Animation

Here you will learn new techniques that will make your animations more fluid and realistic, including layer parenting, the Bone Tool, and the Asset Warp tool. You will also learn a more sophisticated process to make your characters talk using Animate’s Auto Lip Sync tool.

Project – Converting your informational or education project to video

Course Outcomes

Students in this course can expect to learn to:

  • Analyze the evolution of Animate from Flash and understand the purposes of the new Animate tool.
  • Create vector graphics in the Animate environment using drawing tools, fills and strokes, gradients, and transformations.
  • Import vector, bitmap, and audio files into a project.
  • Use groups, layers, and symbols to organize your artwork.
  • Use tweens, keyframes, and motion paths on the timeline to control when graphics appear on the stage.
  • Apply motion tweens to animate changes in the appearance and location of objects.
  • Use easing to make the motion of objects more realistic.
  • Create animations with objects oriented on a path, nested in other animations, and animated text and titles.
  • Use static and animated mask layers to reveal or highlight certain features of your animation.
  • Use frame-by-frame animation to create basic animations, including lip syncing.
  • Storyboard and plan out a short instructional video presentation.
  • Learn advanced and sophisticated animation techniques used by professional animators.
  • Animate a 30-second instructional video incorporating character animation and audio.

Course Registration

Interested in this course? Scheduled enrollment options are available. Ask Admissions about taking this course as part of a degree program.

Course LevelClasses startRegistration FeeTuition
Degree course
3-credit course, 15 week
Jan, Apr, Aug$200$510/credit
* Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment. All tuition includes a digital materials fee for updates to course or program content.

Software and Supplies

To take this course you'll need:

  • Computer with Internet connection (broadband recommended.)
  • Adobe Animate CC2015.

Who’s Teaching

Course developed by Bill Drastal and Mark Waters

Getting Started

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