The fourth Assignment is going to involve spacing drawings to modify the speed of an object.
We are going to have four objects that start moving at the same time. They will move from the left side of the screen to the right side, and then stop. The first object will move very fast. The second object will move at a consistently slow pace. The third object will start off slow, and then speed up. The fourth object will start fast, and then slow down.
You will be creating a multiple scene animation that shows how to alter the speed of an object by using onion skinning to space your drawings. Onion Skinning is a tool that simulates multiple drawings on a light table. Onion skinning will allow you to see multiple scenes at one time.
We will be loading a .bmp, .gif or .jpg background again.
Open any program with a text tool.
Create a text file with the words, "fast, slow, speed up, slow down" Save this file as a .bmp, .gif or .jpg. (See my example for a background reference)
Open Morphink 2.0
Maximize the window to fill your screen.
To import this file into Morphink go to File / Load Background, and then simply locate your background image. You can use the Drag/Rotate tool (shaped like an open hand) to place the background image on the stage.
If you do not want to load a background, you can use Morphink's draw tool to hand write the words mentioned above.
Select both the "Draw" tool and the "Regular Forms " tool. The regular forms tool will snap your drawing to a circle, square or circle. (Whichever your drawing resembles most)
Draw a circle. Fill it with a color of your choice. To fill, choose the Fill tool, then choose a color, then click on the circle after it becomes actively selected. (You will notice the outline changes to a broken or dashed line when an object is active)
Click the Select Group tool (it looks like a cross hairs)
select the circle you drew by clicking on it, then go to Edit / Copy Stroke
Then deselect by clicking the circle with the Select Group tool.
Now use Edit / Paste Stroke to make three more copies. You can use the Drag/Rotate tool to position the circles to the left of each text file.
You can now fill each circle with a different color.
Now we will create a new scene. (Click the Insert Scene button once)
In scene two:
Use the Drag/Rotate tool (shaped like a hand) to move each circle to the right.
This is where you must begin to think about how each object should move.
Since the first circle is going to be moving slowly, only move it a little bit with the Drag/Rotate tool. (Maybe move it just the length of the circle's diameter)
Since the second circle is supposed to be very fast, maybe that circle is half way across the screen in the second scene. Move it there with the Drag/Rotate tool.
The third circle starts off slow, so in scene two keep it close.
The fourth circle starts off fast, so maybe 1/4 away across the screen in scene two.
(Everyone's animations will be different, just try to keep the description of the timing in mind, and try to keep your animations smooth. Try to avoid jerky erratic movement on this one.)
Now we will create another new scene. (Click the Insert Scene button once)
In scene three:
We are going to continue using the same process, but this time we'll use onion skinning.
To use onion skinning click down on scene one (AND KEEP YOUR MOUSE BUTTON HELD DOWN) Now, with the mouse button still held down, drag across to the right until you get to scene three, then release your mouse button.
Your screen should now display scenes 1, 2, and 3 all at the same time. You will only see two circles for each animation right now. Why? Because, when you created scene 3, it put all of your objects in the same position as scene 2. To move the objects in scene 3, just use the Drag/Rotate tool. (Shaped like a hand) Once you move the circles, you should see the current objects in scene three in color, and the objects from scenes one and two as a gray outline.
Continue the process of creating a new scene, onion skinning, changing the location of the circle until all four circles have reached their resting point on the right side of the screen.
The following screen shot shows what onion skinning looks like. Notice that the current scene is 11 with the colored circles, and the previous ten scenes show up as gray outlines. Also note than on extremely fast frames I used edit stroke to stretch the circle. This helps exaggerate the illusion of speed.
On my example, I used 11 scenes, and my frame rate was 5.0 sps, your animation may have as many scenes as you need.
When you are finished, please upload the compact version of your animation.