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Learn the ba­sics of the fledg­ling an­i­ma­tion flip­book fea­ture in Sketch­Book Pro 7, cour­tesy of our sea­soned ex­pert

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ketchBook Pro 7’s an­i­ma­tion Flip­book fea­ture can be con­sid­ered a bit of an ex­per­i­ment from the pro­gram’s de­vel­op­ers. It’s best to see the tool as a work-in-progress project, be­cause while the brush tools and user­friendly func­tions are im­pres­sive, this new fea­ture is still limited. But it’s worth spend­ing a lit­tle time in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

SSet up your project

Se­lect File from the main tool­bar and choose New Flip­book. The project panel will ap­pear with a range of prop­er­ties to choose from. The pre­sets are the pixel di­men­sions of your project, and you can also in­put the di­men­sions to cre­ate your own cus­tom size. The next op­tion is the frame rate or how many frames per sec­ond your an­i­ma­tion will be. The fi­nal op­tion is to de­cide how many frames your scene will con­sist of.

The an­i­ma­tion timeline

You can’t ex­port your an­i­ma­tion as a video file and the lay­ers sys­tem is very ba­sic, but to be fair, this is the be­gin­ning of a fea­ture that could very well lead to the next gen­er­a­tion of tradig­i­tal an­i­ma­tion tools. For this month’s ar­ti­cle I’ll guide you through the an­i­ma­tion side of Sketch­Book Pro, re­veal how to an­i­mate with the Flip­book, and ex­plain how to han­dle the new lay­ers sys­tem.

The Timeline is a se­ries of frames from 0 up to the amount of frames that a scene con­sists of. The an­i­ma­tion is played back frame by frame along the timeline at the frame rate that you se­lected in the pre­vi­ous step. On the left of the timeline are the keyframe op­tions to add and delete a key. On the right are the play­back con­trols.

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