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Toon Boom Flip Boom By Ko Maruyama
When using Flip Boom on a Mac, you can't open multiple program windows.  Actually, you don't really need to do that if you want to share elements.  It's pretty easy to stack up a library within your project.  Here's how to create a transition element in Flip Boom on a Mac.

If you've seen the other tutorials that I've done for Flip Boom, you probably know that there are movies to accompany this, but for advanced users, I'll put in the simple steps with text.

If you want to watch the QuickTime tutorials, each is about 2-3 minutes.  To see the other Flip Boom tutorials, check here: MORE FLIP BOOM TUTORIALS ON NINJACRAYON

The steps are pretty easy:

The beauty of animating with Flip Boom is that all of your illustrations are vector based, so you can scale without image loss.  make it smaller OR make it bigger.

01 : MAKE A BLACK BOX (movie part 1 below)

If you don't know how, check the movie below, but this is a fairly simple step, draw a box around the frame, and fill it with black.  (I suppose you could paint paint paint paint paint until it's filled up too)

02: DUPLICATE (COPY / PASTE) (movie part 2 below)

We only want the full box (the part that was filled with the paint bucket).  Delete the brush stroke around the outside, then resize the box to something small.  You can make a whole bunch of clones (attack!) with a couple of easy clicks.
(cmd-C and cmd-V)

03: MERGE PROJECTS (movie part 3 below)

You'll need to merge the frame with all six transition panels into your main animation.   Select and COPY (cmd-C) all of the panels.  then insert a new frame at the BEGINNING of your animation. Paste those frames in the new blank frame (cmd-V)

04: CREATE TRANSITION (movie part 4 below)

You can erase the center of each box.  This will reveal the area that "shows up" after the transition is finished.  Remember to ERASE, not paint with white.

05: PASTE FROM YOUR LIBRARY (movie part 4 below)

You've created a library of transition elements on Frame 01.  All you have to do now is select the first drawing in the library, COPY (cmd-C), move to the first frame of your transition, and PASTE (cmd-V) and SCALE IT UP to cover the whole frame.

There are a few more tricks in my "As is" workflow in the tutorials..

Here's how long each one is: CLICK ON THE MOVIE THUMBNAIL TO WATCH (opens new window)

PART 1 -   0:36
PART 2 -   2:00
PART 3 -   3:20
PART 4 -   5:25

Be sure to look for the project files on the NINJACRAYON tutorials and FREE PROJECT pages

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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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