Hello This is the first tutorial I will be doing Hopefully it turns out to be helpful.
The program is Easytoon http://www.superfundungeonrun.com/easytoon/ it is free it is simle, and what it allows is the ablity to make simple 2d animations in black and white. The tools are as simple as the program, but I believe we all know that something simple is not to be looked down upon.
So getting started.
Small is not bad the default size is 160 by 120. Yes that is small but there is a handy dandy zoom function. I started my first easytoon animation at that size but seeing int three times larger makes for a large amount of detail in a small area. For a rough estimate it is this large.
The use of the program: All tool bars can be moved. This can let you zoom in to three times and see all of the image. no need to scroll.
The display: this is your work area easy enough layout.
Standard tool set
Selection: Rectangular selection tool.
Pencil: Uses with width selector Right click Black left click white.
Note: it is not effected by the Shade selector
Line tool: Makes lines of the chosen width
Line segment tool: Click and drag, a line is created. Click again another line, so on and so forth until you double click.
Empty rectangle: uses width
Filled rectangle: uses width and Fill colors.
Empty Circle: uses width as well
Filled Circle: Width and fill colors are used.
Simple enough lets continue
Width selection: Left click: pen Right Click Eraser: Width can be much higher for the eraser than the pen
The tones : Are only for use with the fill tool and the filled shapes.
Shadow Display: These will turn off and on the shadows that are left behind and remnant of frames you have drawn. The shadows left behind are helpful but sometimes get in the way if you need to go back.
Selection Scaling: This is used in direct corilation with the selection tool The corners of the selection depending on which of these you choose will alter the image in different ways when you click and drag. 1st: Free form 2nd: is to scale 3rd: is rotation and 4th: This will allow you to move the corners to shape a four sided polygon.
Loop Selection: Select what frame to what frame and you can view the looped selection of your animation.
Frame selection and Frame alterations: The frame selectors are just that you can look from frame to frame. The first of the filpstrip tools. One is insert frame: it pushes the current frame forward inserting a blank frame. Then delete frame: This will remove a frame outright. The last is clear frame erasing but leaving behind an empty frame. Use at your own discretion.
Frame Duration: The duration is very important: What it is, is the pause between frames. When you first make an animation and press play without changing durations it will be very slow. In the "View" tool bar look at the animation properties and you will see 20. Changing this number changes the delay between all frames so it does not have to be done for each individual time. We will -hopefully- come back to this.
Film navigation: If you have used a CD player you will know how to use this.
Alright Wow that is the basics of the tools, I will be getting to more meaty situations that hopefully I know or can exspress. I will be updating this later tonight in a good situation. I will be making matirial for this thread hopefully I can do animations justice.