Introducing a massive industry standard program always has its challenges when dealing with younger kids. But my rule of thumb is to never dumb down to the kids, and keep instructions and activities simple and to the point.
Adobe Animate CC (previously called Adobe Flash Professional) is such a program. The kind of thing that I see animators and programmers do in Animate blows my mind and is way beyond my humble skills.
So, in that respect, it makes me the perfect person to teach Animate CC since I am only skilled in simple things! That’s ok, I’m a simple fella.
This project is adapted from the (curiously silent) tutorial I found by Pharkpoom Wisedsri at https://youtu.be/8eHfIIeoi0E. I’d like to think mine is a bit better since I talk through it and also mention where students can go wrong in doing the activity.
Let me know in the comments if this is something you want to try with your students! The file I begin with, I am making available here as a download if you want to follow along.
The problem with the last activity I posted is that the characters can’t move any parts. There are no legs or arms to move around. This can be achieved using the PuppetWarp feature in Photoshop to pin pivot points on to an image and manipulate it that way.
This lesson below is almost exactly the same as one done by Mark Shufflebottom and Greg Hodgson as part of the Adobe Generation Pro: Animation course on the Adobe Education Exchange. If you’re interested, there is a new Animation course starting very soon here at this link https://edex.adobe.com/pd/course/animation-2016 . I highly recommend it!
Enjoy this. Leave me a comment if this is something you think you can use in your classroom!
Here is a little tutorial I did for my main blog on animating in Photoshop. Whilst Photoshop might not be the most obvious choice to do animations, it has for a few years now, had some basic video and frame animation capabilities. I found it a good way to introduce frame-by-frame animations to younger children without diving into Adobe Animate straight away.
The project involved a picture of the students’ empty classroom and the Simpsons kids coming for a visit. You can see how the responsibilities fire the kids’ imagination!