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500 pts. up for grab...

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well, I hope you have some luck there... You could use whatever you wanted if you were proficient in photoshop, you could make animated gifs to use on your own or import into flash.

-> Bottom line... You are going to have to learn how to animate with somthing. Theres lots of cool ways to do it. 3d in shocwave, flash, draw it out clasic animation style and scan it in... but whatever you do it is going to be work, and it is only going to be as good of quality as you are at animating. You basicaly have 2 options.
1. Pay sombody to do it.
2. Learn how to do it yourself.(there are no "cooki-cutter" aplications for this that are woth your time...
-> Do some research and download some trial versions of software you might want to use. Experiment with it and find somthing that does what you want then learn it.

P.S.   Make sure you buy photoshop. Or if you are going to get flash, at least get fireworks...

I hope that is worth somthing to you :) as in, thats the only real answer to your question.
Hi Firstborn,

I agree 100% with j3one. Creating animations is not something you can learn from a 5-step howto. It's gonna take creativity, sweat, blood, and tears. And $$$ for the software, too.

Good luck in your quest.

I wouldnt recommend buying Photoshop for doing any kind of 2d animating.
Photoshop is a kludge for animating, it was made for working on single images and not on sequences of images.

There are more suitable applications... like Animo by Cambridge or US Animations or even Aura By Newtek.
But these products are made for highend and power users for traditional artists.

you can probably use a basic gif animator - banner creator program or something like similiar to do basic animating
on a smaller scale, but that depends on the resolution you want and color depth. And then you would have
to import those into flash-shockwave.

if you are going to do any drawing with whatever paint app, you will want to use a pen/tablet.
Drawing with a mouse suxx bigtime, so get yourself one (the bigger the better). Even a small cheap one is better
than a freakin mouse. Will save you alot of time.

If you want to go the 3d route, I will tell you right away the learning curve will be steep and will take along
time before you get comfortable with an 3d app like 3ds or lightwave. And those apps are quite expensive.
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And I'll agree with everybody else -- there's no easy way. It will take time and skill, and some $$$ for software. At the very least, Fireworks and/or Flash, maybe Illustrator or Freehand, possibly Photoshop or PaintShop Pro.

You'll also need some drawing skill. Figure on $1000 for software (Macromedia Studio MX and Photoshop), $100+ for books, and at least 6 months to learn it -- and that's assuming you're very creative and can draw. ;-)

Or pay somebody.
You can use a software called Animagic to animate the pictures .
It also does not take long to learn Flash either if you have good eye for color as well as you have excellent imagination say a week max.Down load adobe Illustrator and use the trial version which will give you a very clear understanding of the software then you can buy it. You can also download Macromedia MX trial version as webwoman put it  and test your comfort level .Hope Animagic helps you and the best part it is free.
FirstBornAuthor Commented:
Hi Venabili,

My Issue Still Isn't Resolved, But They've All basically Given Good Answers, it just didn't resolve My Question...

I ORIGINALLY Had 500 Pts. set here, but ee_ai_construct Took them away, so I can't Split the Points to everyone that participated in this question for their efforts...

I don't see how You can refund 0 points?

If You can put the 500 pts. back on here and split it evenly with the participants, that would be great,
else, I guess that You can do what You want with it...



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