I’m pleased to introduce animator, illustrator, and graphic designer Patrick Macauley and his upcoming tutorial series on Adobe Animate. Patrick is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida, acquiring a BFA in Emerging Media, and is the owner of Mythic Design Graphics.
Updated March 4, 2019.
Almost* everything you can create in Animate is a referred to as a Shape. All the following tools are used to create Shapes:
Pen (P) Line (N)
Rectangle (R) Oval (O)
Polystar Pencil (Y)
Brush (B) Paint Brush (Shirt+Y)
* The only tool from this section that does not create shapes is the Text Tool (T). To convert text to shapes, you must first Select (V) the text box and then Break Apart (Ctrl+B). Breaking Apart a text box once will split the letters into individual text boxes. Breaking Apart a second time will turn those letters into Shapes.
Jammie Cats™ Count! The Magical Forest, a preschool counting book that covers counting from 1 to 10, launched nearly a year ago. In addition to writing the rhyming story, I illustrated, formatted, and self-published the book. Marketing is an ongoing and arduous task for any self-published writer because you need marketing materials plus an intelligent sales strategy. At least, as a graphic designer, I have the easy half of the battle licked.
Below are a few of the marketing materials and images I created for Jammie Cats™ Count! The Magical Forest.