Are you a creative person interested in learning how to make animated graphics? Whether you’re doing it just for fun, or you’re working with others in order to create a larger-scale project, it’s important to understand the process that most artists use in order to construct a graphic that is professional and efficient. In this lesson, we focus on the preliminary aspects of design, and by doing so, you’ll learn how to make animated graphics of your very own.
I hope you have a pen and paper ready because we’ll be using those to sketch out your idea. Just a heads up: it’s always fun to dive right into the creative aspects of building a graphic (whether it’s designing, researching, etc), but before you start, keep in mind that most graphics are designed for brands or projects. If you find yourself in that category, it’s important that your graphic matches the style and overall look of the project that you’re developing it for.
Are you a beginner? Don’t worry. We recommend that you set goals for yourself. Don’t shoot too low! Even as a beginner, you have the ability to surpass what you’ve tried in the past. Be careful— many people get stuck because they look at their past work in a negative light and become discouraged. If your past work can use more development, and you recognize that, you’re on the right path because you’ve already given yourself constructive criticism and know how to improve and build upon your skill.
Learning how to make animated graphics will take a bit of work, but if you start your journey with us, you’ll be well on your way in no time! While we recommend you set high goals for yourself (you can do it, and we’ll help!), remember not to bite off more than you can chew. Consider taste, your skill level, and the amount of time you have to create your graphic. Set realistic expectations based on these three things. If you are devoted to your project, know what you want, and have ample time at your disposal, then there is no reason why you can’t create an animated graphic that meets the high expectations you’ve set for yourself.
Our first step for you— get an idea for your project. Right now, you should be all about preproduction. What information do you wish to convey? Once you’ve outlined ideas, grab that pen and paper and start to sketch. While you’re at it, check out the rest of our course about how to make animated graphics in order to hone your skills and perfect that graphic you’ve been sweating over.
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