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Get Your Child Interested in 2D Animation

2D ANIMATIONChildren are the most open and innocent of all of us. They don’t discern the difference between the latest tech or something that was made a hundred years ago. All they care about is: is it good. That’s why the old classics till get re-runs. So why not invest in a bit of 2D software and you and your child can learn the power of animation together. Drawing used to be a real hassle, but these days with a little bit of tech, time and expertise, the two of you will be enjoying your own animations and watching them come to life. Below are some of the best 2D animation programs:

–       Pencil

Pencil is an open course, free to use piece of tech that lets you animate basic drawings. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s free and user friendly. If you just want to give animation a go or you’re trying to entertain your kid for the weekend, this is a great one to go for.

–       Flip Boom Cartoon

The Flip Boom is specifically geared towards children. It only cost $39.00 and gives you the ability to draw, colour, animate and even upload to the internet. A fantastic kit for any child who wants to learn, and you can even learn alongside them.

–       Anime Studio Debut

For the Japanese minded child, this piece of software will only set you back $49.00 and is a great starter kit for your child. Double it up with the adult, professional version and make use of it together. Test your child to see if they can create quality cartoons for all the family, at all levels.

–       Toon Boom Software

Slightly more professional, the Toon Boom is an excellent piece of software used by pros and amateurs alike. This piece of tech will do whatever you want it to. You can scan in your own drawings, so you can get your child to do a drawing and then you can make it come to life. Or you can design a character through flash, and have your child tell you what he or she wants. Be warned though, for this piece of tech you’re going to have to pay.

–       Retas!Pro

The Retas is used for Manga and Anime. If your child is into Japanese style art and cartoon, then maybe this one is the one you’re looking for. You can download a demo version to give it a try, but if you want to buy it outright you’ll have to pay a few thousand. It is designed for professional use so you’ll have to know your way around the software beforehand. A great kit for anyone looking to go to the next level.

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Create Your Own Educational Kid’s Show with 2D Animation

2danimationsoftwareBefore 3D animation started to rule our lives there was 2D. Two dimensional animation is the concept used to create all our favorite characters from popular kids movies. Animators use various programs to create moving, talking and life-like characters that are completely cartoons. This is not to be confused with the clay animation that is used by some animators. An example of clay animation is the characters in The Nightmare Before Christmas while traditional 2D animation is what we see in The Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast. You too can create your own educational kids movies with 2D animation software.

Design a Story Board

The first thing that you will want to do is come up with a story line. Children are generally interested in educational segments that are 15-20 minutes long. Start by deciding what type of lesson you want to teach your children. Because you are creating the story yourself, you will have the opportunity to create a specialized engaging experience for your child.

Once you have determined the story line, create a story board. This can be done a on computer or on an array of index cards or on a one large sheet of paper or poster board. This is where you will create scenes for the story. In each scene you want to outline the characters and what is happening. Remember that each scene should only be around 60-seconds, at the maximum.

You may also want to create mock sketches of the characters that you will be using in the movie on the story board.

Select a 2D Animation Software 

There are several different 2D Animation software programs to choose from. Some are more expensive than others and offer more features. You really want to decide how important this project is to you. If you are planning on just creating something now and then you might not want to spend $1000 on a program. However, if you plan to use your 2D animation program regularly to create other types of videos than just educational ones for your kids then you will want to invest in a better program.

You can read reviews of the various products at sites like 2DAnimationSoftwareGuide.com. Select the program that best fits your needs to get started. Remember that you may need to use a computer with a more powerful graphics card for this type of work. It could easily wear out a base model computer. 

Put it into Action

The last thing you want to do is put your idea into action. Follow the steps in the program you have selected to create your movie based on your story board. After you have created the characters and their animation you can apply voices to each one. If you are still new to the entire idea then you may want to use voice overs instead. This is where the voice narrates the actions on the screen. This is really a better choice for first-timers.

Creating your own animated movie is a fun but time-consuming process to start. You must realize that it will take time to get used to how the programs work and how to create exactly what you want with them. In no time you will have mastered the art of building 2D animated movies and create many entertaining experiences for your entire family.

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