Well, actually, just owning a Mac is a good start. Talent helps. So does an app that gets you on the long and winding road to professional success. If you’ve been bitten by the new media bug, here’s an app to help you learn the ropes.
Animate For Less Than $10
My day job pits my decade or so of Mac experience against a few hundred school children who want to learn how a Mac or a PC can help them become better citizens. Or, at least get better grades.
One of the hot topics in the school the past few years has been digital media. Video, audio, animation, 3D, design.
Young Mac users need apps that get them started in a particular direction, but avoid the complexity and complications and expense of learning Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.
Enter Animation Desk, the animating app for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. It’s part animator tool, and part social animal. After all, sharing an animated creation is a good way to be inspired to create.
While Animation Desk is an entry level tool, the end results are surprisingly professional. The interface is friendly and attractive, but the output is ready for going viral on YouTube or Facebook.
Animation Desk gives newbie animators basic tools to animate characters or objects on a scene.
Shapes and photos can be dropped onto the animation timeline with the stamp tool. Target frames are easily repeated.
Learning animation is made easier with layers for both foreground and middle ground. Background images can be dynamic or static.
The frame manager lets a budding animator edit, crop, move, and delete frames from the timeline. And, Animation Desk comes with familiar painting tools– fill, crayon, pencil, pen, erase and brush.
The app’s price tag is nominal considering the output and the social sharing options. Additional free and commercial stamps are available in the in-app store.
If you have any experience in professional Mac media apps, Animation Desk may not be your cup of tea. But for those venturing into digital media, especially in animation, this app makes a great gift and a good start on becoming the next starving digital artist.