Discover all of the unique capabilities of Anime Studio, a 2D animation software program with some amazing advanced features such as the ability to move the camera in 3D, a bone-based rigging system for manipulating 2D images and vectors, particle systems, dynamic bones, and the ability to import and view 3D models with textures. "Anime Studio: The Official Guide" shows first-time animators, hobbyists, and digital enthusiasts how to create, render, and animate characters and even entire scenes that can be exported to various video, TV, and web formats for viewing and sharing. Using clear examples and step-by-step tutorials to help you conquer each feature and new skill, the book includes instruction on managing and configuring the workspace, working with layers, using drawing tools, editing curves, working with bones, and adding sound. Youll even learn how to render a final scene and export it, import and integrate 3D models and textures, video, and Photoshop files, and add special effects. "Anime Studio: The Official Guide" will help you master all of the essential features of the software as well as give you creative inspiration for your own projects when you are ready to go beyond the basics with this innovative animation program.
Extensive resource for both the novice and advanced user
By Diane Cipollo - February 29, 2008
This book by Kelly L Murdock is an extensive resource for both the novice and advanced Anime Studio user. The short, single-topic chapters are organized to make it easy for the reader to find information throughout the project workflow. Murdock uses simplified example files, included on the book's CD, to demonstrate each step of the production process.
Murdock begins with something that I haven't seen included in computer software books of late which is a history of Anime Studio. Next, he jumps right in to a discussion of the layout of the user interface, keyboard shortcuts and customizing the workspace. With that out of the way, he walks the reader through starting a new project, and opening and saving existing projects.
As with most animation and graphics programs, layers are used for structuring and organizing your project. Murdock thoroughly covers the basics of vector layers as well as blend modes and masking. Now you are ready to create the objects that you... read more
Useful, but mainly due to lack of competition
By MartinP "MartinP" - January 10, 2009
Anime Studio Pro is an amazing software package that seems to linger in the shadows of its more well-known competition, Flash and Toon Boom. While it costs less than half the price of either of these, feature wise it defeats them in many areas when it comes to creating vector-based animation. While the Adobe community is all agog over Flash's new `armature' feature, it is almost laughably limited compared to the extensive bone-controls offered in ASP. It is therefore a good thing to have a serious-looking guide that delves beneath the deceptively simple surface of the program and offers a complete insight into its many possibilities. Users of the non-Pro version should be warned that this book extensively describes many features that will not be available to them.
The book is well-produced, on thick, slightly glossy paper and is in full color throughout. It will deliver what it promises, discovery of all the features of the program. Subjects are arranged so that they more... read more
Great resource as long as you are up to date
By Pierre Fontaine "Pierre Fontaine" - August 9, 2008
Anime Studio: The Official Guide is a great resource for learning all the features of Anime Studio. I still have Moho, which was Anime Studio's original title and unfortunately, the CD's examples are not loadable into Moho since file extension names have changed during the switchover from Moho to Anime Studio. Otherwise, it's a beautifully produced book and full color throughout.
I wish that a couple of areas had been developed more: frame by frame animation and Actions both of which get very little coverage.
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