Animating Deadpool: from Sketch to Animatic to Publish Online

DpoolThis week I had the pleasure of visiting Leeds to do a one-man creativity and content velocity gig where we looked at how fast Creative Cloud makes it to produce great content, and also encouraged CC users to make a bit more of the apps they have access to as complete members but maybe don’t visit as often. On the train to Leeds I did a quick cartoon of Deadpool in my sketchbook (so I could use Capture to turn it into a shape) that I thought would be fun to animate in Animate CC, as Alex Fleisig and Joseph Labrecque did for a tutorial on adobe.com recently—you should be able to access the tutorial via the welcome screen in Animate CC or go direct: http://adobe.ly/1U7RKXs. My version was fairly simple at the time as I had a lot of ground to cover but thought that we could explore this in a little more detail in this post, look at a different method for animation and finally add the animatic to an InDesign Publish Online project.

Watch the Video

Using a Transparent background for the .oam file in EPUB and Publish Online

The .oam files out of Animate CC have a background by default and until there’s an option for background transparency you’ll need to add a couple of lines of code to the first frame of your timeline as an action (you can copy these and paste them in, if you like):
canvas.style.backgroundColor="rgba(0,0,0,0)";
document.body.style.backgroundColor = "rgba(0,0,0,0)";

That should fix it nicely!

Content Velocity: Creating an HTML Email with Photoshop and Dreamweaver

blogFeatImageMy Content Velocity lab at Summit 16 showed how quickly you can create an HTML email using Photoshop and Dreamweaver, using smart objects and layer comps. If you missed the lab, or want to recap on the content then you now can, as the content is available for you to work through.

Get the Files and Assets:

Download the files from Creative Cloud to your own account:

http://adobe.ly/21RR924

Get the library assets:

http://adobe.ly/21RSPbR

Use the Workbook:

The lab workbook is available via Publish Online: http://adobe.ly/1TRpGqY where you can also download the file as a PDF if you desire.

Touch Type Tool: The Movie

Last June on the blog there was a post about the Touch Type Tool in Illustrator and now, as part of the new “Work Smarter, Not Harder” series on my Youtube channel, you can see a live demonstration 0f how to use the tool.

The Movie

Refer to the post for specifics on the other controls associated with it—it’s one of the evolving tools that works really well on touch-enabled devices (I use often on my Wacom Cintiq Companion, even for simple kerning overrides) and doesn’t require modifier keys to do things such as proportional scaling.

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