Animation Software

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by roxanne1, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. roxanne1 macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2008
    I'm looking for animation software that is really simple to use. Since I can't draw, I'm looking for a program where you can animate existing characters. Does anyone know of a program like this?

  2. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    If you want to play with 3D characters, and start with some ready-made ones, you could look at Cosmic Blobs. It's designed for kids (and older) so it's easy to use, but the animation part isn't very sophisticated.
  3. tsd macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2007
    Greensboro, NC
    Do you have any experience with the Adobe software, specifically Photoshop? The new Photoshop Extended has some basic, easy-to-use animation tools, but the program itself could be major overkill unless you'll use it for other tasks.
  4. roxanne1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2008
    Adobe would be overkill. Basically, I'm just looking for a really basic, kids animation program where you can use characters that already exist in the program and animate them. It's for a presentation. 2D is preferable.
  5. digitalnicotine macrumors 65816


    Jan 11, 2008
  6. Leolizm macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2010
  7. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar

    You just haven't found a technique that works for you.

    I remember getting frustrated at not being able to draw and I was always taught that "some people are born with it, some aren't". Well, I realized this was false when I saw all of my European friends who were all able to draw excellently. Turns out they actually have art in their schools unlike the States :rolleyes:

    Anyway I decided I wanted to be able to draw good too so I busted out my wacom and corel painter and started making everything in blocks using small, fast strokes, then I would refine those blocks over and over until they were the exact shape of what I was trying to draw. I used techniques such as drawing your subject upside down and other things that force you to really look at the form. Literally in a few weeks I did a complete 180 transformation.

    Seriously give it a try and stick with it for a bit. I bet you will be pleasantly surprised :)

    WELL, enough of THAT tangent! :rolleyes:
  8. PeterQVenkman macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2005
    Daz 3d allows you to download premade assets and animate with them:

    Also look at Poser.

    Some neat links in this thread, guys. Great work!

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