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    This is how I made the leg move. I will try to keep it as simple as possible so I don't confuse anyone.
    Long ago, Kipper introduced me to two tools, the Pick Tool and the "Promote Selection To Layer" option. With these new tools, he opened a whole new world to me with my creations.

    I will use a plain black background in this animation and this leg tube:



    The first thing I do is put the tube on the background and leave it as a raster layer. I rename each raster layer as I add them so I don't get confused as to which is which.




    Making sure that the raster layer with the tube is the one highlighted, I use the "Freehand Selection" tool and cut around the back part of the legs.



    With the back leg selected as shown, I right click the raster with the tube and choose the "Promote Selection To Layer" option.



    Next I make sure the original tube is highlighted and I use the delete button on my keyboard to remove the part I selected from the original tube.



    I duplicate the promoted layer 2 times and rename them all for each movement I want in my animation. To do this, right click the layer and choose the "duplicate" option and then right click each layer and choose rename to change the name.
    Next I go to "Selections", "Select None" to remove the selection I made.






    Now for the movements...I want the first movement to remain as is so I do not Pick it. I turn off that raster by clicking the little eye next to the layer so it is not showing. Making sure that the layer named "Movement 2" is highlighted and showing (using that eye option), I use the Pick tool and rotate that layer slightly for the next movement in my animation. Since the movement is showing in front of the original leg tube, I move all the renamed layers beneath the original leg raster layer.





    I turn the eye option off on the layer I just moved and making sure "Movement 3" layer is highlighted and turned on (using the eye option), I use the Pick tool again and rotate it further down than the last rotation I made.



    Now that all the movements are in place, I just turn on each movement, one at a time, "Merge All Flatten", and copy each one and paste in order in Animation Shop.



    To keep it running smooth, I repeat the second frame at the end of the animation. Then I choose Edit, Select All, and then right click the animation and choose "Frame Properties" to change the speed of the animation. I chose frame speed 30 for this animation.



    Save the animation and it's done. Here is the finished animation.








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    Quote Originally Posted by kipper View Post
    Thank you, Kipper

    You were the first one to inspire me to learn more about making animations and I wanted to pass on what you taught me to others. You were my greatest teacher in animations.
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    Let's play a guessing game. Can you guess how many frames it took me to put together my own puzzle animation? Lol
    I may be fairly good at animations but I am not so good at puzzles...lol





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    I'm going to guess 65 lol Fantastic work!!

    Thank you for the tutorial on the legs.. will try that on a later day next week I leave for my trip home to Calif
    and will be busy with appointments and getting ready

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manzy View Post
    I'm going to guess 65 lol Fantastic work!!

    Thank you for the tutorial on the legs.. will try that on a later day next week I leave for my trip home to Calif
    and will be busy with appointments and getting ready

    Lol, you are very close on the amount of frames.
    Have a safe trip and hurry back! You will be missed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AuroraAngel View Post

    Lol, you are very close on the amount of frames.
    Have a safe trip and hurry back! You will be missed.


    Correction: You are right about the number of frames.



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    Last edited by AuroraAngel; 03-04-2017 at 10:01 PM.

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    Well now my dear Dondra ~ after that very impressive tut, you are one mean animator ~ great job..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by AuroraAngel View Post
    Correction: You are right about the number of frames.
    I did really LOL!! Well that's a first yah me!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Romford Lad View Post
    Well now my dear Dondra ~ after that very impressive tut, you are one mean animator ~ great job..........
    Just passing on what I learned from Kipper. I lost the instructions he sent me years ago but I never forgot them. They were instructions on animating an owl.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Manzy View Post
    I did really LOL!! Well that's a first yah me!!
    You sure did! The total amount of frames in the animation was 72 and 7 were not movements of the puzzle. I was one off because I counted the initial frame of the puzzle but remembered later that it didn't count as a puzzle movement. Great job!

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    I did a bit of experimenting this morning. The idea was to create a flowing movement to this character's gown. It did not turn out the way I wanted it to. I will be playing around with it more later. If anyone has any tips for me, I would greatly appreciate them.




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    Dondra ~ I saw this earlier on when I popped in ~ and have tried various bits, like 'jiggle' and 'flag' and the closest I got to something done very quickly I assure you was the warp brush ~ not knowing exactly what effect you wanted to create, it may give you an idea.........




    You see I only played around with the outside edges, if you were to use it and be bold [through the train] it may possible cause a far better effect than I have here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Romford Lad View Post
    Dondra ~ I saw this earlier on when I popped in ~ and have tried various bits, like 'jiggle' and 'flag' and the closest I got to something done very quickly I assure you was the warp brush ~ not knowing exactly what effect you wanted to create, it may give you an idea.........




    You see I only played around with the outside edges, if you were to use it and be bold [through the train] it may possible cause a far better effect than I have here
    Brilliant idea, Peter. I didn't think of the warp brush and you did a wonderful job using it. That is very close to the effect I am looking for in her gown. Thank you very much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AuroraAngel View Post
    I did a bit of experimenting this morning. The idea was to create a flowing movement to this character's gown. It did not turn out the way I wanted it to. I will be playing around with it more later. If anyone has any tips for me, I would greatly appreciate them.

    I'll tell you how I do it, but I don't have time right now, I leave for my sister's birthday lunch in less than an hour
    I've saved the tube, and I'll get back to you!

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