Our first Assignment is going to be an Animated Signature.
This assignment will introduce you to the program, and will allow you to introduce yourself to the rest of the class.
You will be creating a two scene animation. Scene one will contain your signature. Scene two will contain your signature redrawn as a straight line.
Morphink will mathematically render the frames in-between sc.1 and sc.2. When played, your signature will morph into a straight line and back, looping continuously.
Open Morphink 2.0
you can purchase the program or download a free trial version at: http://www.morphink.com/mi2new/index.html
Maximize the window to fill your screen.
Select both the "DRAW" tool and the "AUTO EDIT" tool. (Two adjacent buttons roughly top-center on your screen) hint: when you roll over any button keep your cursor still and the name of that tool will pop up.
Choose a color, and pen width. (Lower left portion of screen)
Sign your name. (Try to use as few strokes as possible. Morphink morphs objects. Every time you draw a new line, that new line is considered a separate object. So, try to use cursive, and keep the number of strokes down for now)
Remember that you can post questions to the message board, and I will be responding daily, or my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Click "INSERT SCENE" button (it looks like a small hand holding a card with a plus sign on it)
Please notice two things that just happened:
1. on the lower left portion of your screen, above the color palette... there are now two scenes (Scene 1, and Scene 2)
2. The "REDRAW" tool has automatically become selected. (It is directly to the left of the "DRAW" tool)
When a new scene is created, anything that was present in the first scene, will also be included in the second scene. You now have an animation. If you were to click "play" the playback head would travel back and forth, but there would be no movement on the stage, because the scenes are identical. You may want to do this in the future to create a pause in a multiple scene animation. If you clicked play, click stop, and then click on Scene 2, so that we can now edit that scene.
Since the "REDRAW" tool is already selected, click on the first portion of your name. Then redraw that portion as a straight line, right through the middle of your original stroke. Assuming you are writing from left to right, your new stroke would also be drawn from left to right. Continue this process of click and redraw, until all of the separate lines in your signature have been converted into the segments of a straight line.
When you are done, click play. (The control panel is located on the right side of your screen and contains the PLAY, STOP, PAUSE, INCREASE SPEED, and DECREASE SPEED buttons)
This is just the starting point for the first assignment. Feel free to add more information about yourself, including your profession, hobbies, age, where you are from, additional animation, or anything else you'd like to include to introduce yourself to the class. Feel free to experiment.
When you are finished, please upload the compact version of your animation.