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AnimeStudio Pro 11

Desktop Animation Creative Upgrade By Ko Maruyama

AnimeStudio Pro 11

Desktop Animation Creative Upgrade Is Here


There are many types of animation software out there, but Anime Studio has two tiers of character animation software that will let help you bring your creative to life easily and dynamically.  


The entry level application is called Debut, but when you're ready to step up your game, Anime Studio Pro will give you the tools you need. The latest release comes with some nice upgrades and new features that will let you get there faster and easier.


If you're a veteran Anime Studio Pro user, you're probably already familiar with the upgrades.  You already know the features that you've pumped fists over, sighed a relief for finally having, and features that you haven't quite figured out what to do with, but know you'll need them soon.








Want more?  There are plenty of upgrades and reasons to look into Anime Studio Pro 11.  You'll find overviews and walkthroughs on their website
http://my.smithmicro.com/anime-studio-pro.html

But there are many new character animators out there who are looking for a piece of software to start working with that allows them to work easily with their existing Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and 3D artwork.  For those of you who are looking for an option to start with, Anime Studio Pro has a ton of new features to keep you busy.


Animation is supposed to be fun.

Animation is supposed to be creative.

Animation can certainly be challenging.


If you're starting out from Anime Studio Debut 11, you'll have a leg up, and it's an affordable preview into what you can do easily to make your characters come to life.  But when you're ready to get serious.  When you really want to create scenes that you can invest in, check Anime Studio Pro 11.


Anime Studio Pro fits into an individual or studio pipeline, allowing you to work alone or collaborate with multiple team members.


TEAM PARTICIPATION

Layer Referencing - Now you can duplicate layers while maintaining a connection to the original.

While this seems like something that is only a workflow enhancement, this feature will be able to change the way you work in Anime Studio Pro - by allowing other artists to make your plan come together.  There are other sexy and obvious features that you'll want to check out if you're working solo.


BONES and advanced animation

If you're ready to take the next leap to character animation, I'm guessing that you're probably familiar with bone rigs and the animation potential (necessity) that they provide.  In Version 11, Anime Studio Pro offers several upgrades to an already capable bone toolset.


Animated Bone Targets - Now you can easily switch from one target bone to another when working with animated bone targets. Animating objects where a handoff occurs is now easier and smoother than ever.

Animated Bone Parenting - Now you can switch parents for your bones mid-animation and Anime Studio will automatically keyframe the result. Use the Re-parent Bone Tool at any time to reset the parent or unlink bones completely by clicking off the canvas.


Bone Flipping - Bone flipping can be essential in certain rigs in Anime Studio. Now any bone set up can be flipped more than once for more flexibility. When you flip a bone mid-animation, a keyframe is created allowing the effect to change at any time.


Smart Bones Enhancements - Now when converting a bone to a Smart Bone dial, Anime Studio will create two actions that extend to each constraint on your bone, preserving the neutral position. This makes working with Smart Bones even easier!


Bone Constraints - The new bone constraints feature will include rigging options that will help set up characters that are more complex and powerful.


Enhanced Smart Bone Setup - Setting up a Smart Bone Dial is now easier


Combined Bone Tools - The scale, rotate and translate bone tool functions have been combined into the new Transform Bone Tool.


But hey - it's possible that you're ready for a big step up from the Debut version of the application, but you're not the 3D animator, bone-rigger, tween keyframer that you wanna be yet.


Anime Studio Pro 11 now has a load of creative tools on board that will help you draw your frames one at a time.  Frame-by-frame animation in Anime Studio Pro 11 allows for you to easily switch between standard and bone animation in a project as you need, allowing you to step up when you're ready, or integrate it when you need to.


Hand in hand with the frame-by-frame animations, there have been additional tool & brush enhancement.  Select drawing tools have been enhanced to give you more control. Reduce the point count on simple shapes, merge strokes and smooth shapes with the Freehand Tool or blend stroke colors with the new Color Points Tool. New brush improvements provide more flexible and natural looking results.





If you're already using Anime Studio Pro, your upgrade path is a simple one.  There are many more features included in your update starting at $149.  If you haven't animated on a computer before, may want to check out Debut, but if you're ready to step up to the plate, want to integrate 2D and 3D animation, start to figure out a professional pipeline, then Anime Studio Pro 11 is an excellent place to bring your characters to life.


Check it out at http://my.smithmicro.com/anime-studio-pro.html




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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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