Because attempting to animate in the purgatory that is a midway between Sai and Photoshop is akin to sawing off your dick with a nail file, I got around to this last week.
The goal is to allow for viewing of wip animations being made in Sai without having to load the project into Photoshop, Flash, or whatever your external timeline of choice is. Essentially, you export each frame as a .png into a folder and then just overwrite them in the same way when you want to update a frame.
On load it defaults to whatever directory it’s sitting in, but if you want to keep it somewhere else you can select the folder source post-load.
Images are loaded alphabetically, so all of these are valid:
- a.png, b.png, c.png
- 1.png, 2.png, 3.png
- Frame1.png, Frame2.png, Frame3.png.
It runs off .png files because I don’t see why you’d use any other format in 2014. If anyone desperately wants .jpeg support or something I can add a toggle though.
Image locations are loaded fresh upon each iteration and held within the program so you can add, update and remove frames without stopping it if you want to. This means you can leave it open on a second monitor and have a looping preview without leaving Sai.
Shit runs on .net 4.5 since C# is cakewalk for stuff like this.
OKAY SO A LOT OF PEOPLE DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THIS
Back when I was in school for graphic design and I tutored people, a lot of people complained about not being able to afford software (because it is ridic expensive). Autodesk offers free software (with a 36 month license key), to ANY students. Want to learn how to animate? Go grab Maya and learn! Wanna learn how to model characters or just general objects? Go grab 3DS Max! Or maybe sculpting is your thing? Go grab Mudbox and have fun!
Or grab Sculptris.There’s a fuckton of programs to mess with and learn things, and no need to go waste time on a torrent.
The only downside to the license is it’s not for commercial use.
Technically you don’t have to be a student either and really who’s gonna knowbut it’s a great way to practice and learn something new! You are still allowed to showoff your stuff and throw it in your portfolio, so maybe one day you can get that animating job and not have to waste 3k on one program.
All those icons in that third photo? Those are all free programs/apps you can get. They’re all full versions, and come with tutorials from basic to advanced stuff. For both Windows and Mac too.
So go sign up and, go grab some stuff. There’s really no reason not to.
IF YOU SEE THIS ON YOUR DASH OR ON SOMEONES BLOG DO NOT CLICK THE LINK AND LEAVE THE BLOG YOU ARE VIEWING
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS SO PEOPLE ARE AWARE
there is a new virus going around tumblr, one that claims it can show you who views your blog. this is an annoying scam that hacks your account. if you see someone has posted this, let them know. whatever you do, do not click the link.
this virus is irritating and sometimes hard to get rid of. if you do see that this has been posted on your blog without your knowledge, delete the post. then on your dash go to settings » apps » and the unwanted app will be listed. press the ‘x’ to delete it! i also recommend changing your password, just in case.