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Multimedia Production
Class 03: Shape Drawing


    • Shape Based Drawing in Animate
    • Effects
    • Logo Graphic Assignment

Week three. This one will be just right.

Shape Based Drawing in Animate

Shape Manipulation:

You can just use the regular select tool to manipulate shapes’ corners and sides.

Grab Corner (points)

Simply grab a corner with the select tool.

Grab sides (edges)

Use the select tool to drag a side around.


Simply overlapping objects and lines automatically booleans (cut, combine).


How to cut objects from each other

Take two shapes with different fills (colors).

Select the shape you wish to use as the cutter and overlap it on the other shape. Unselect all shapes.

Re-select the cutting shape and move it away. The result is that leaves hole where it was.

How to add objects to each other

Take two shapes with the same fill (color).

Select the shape you wish to add and overlap it on the other shape. Unselect all shapes.

Re-select the shape. The result is that they are now one shape.


Object Effects:

Symbols can have effects assigned to them to add a little pizazz but be aware they do not always show up in the final output.

Color Effects

These can basically adjust the overall HSLA of the symbol.


Similar to Photoshop Blending modes these will determine how the symbol is “mixed” with the layers below it.


Although it says Filters these act more like layer styles adding things like drop shadow or glow.


You can mask layers with a layer above it. This is useful to only review parts of an image.

Logo Graphic Assignment

Logo Graphic Assignment:

Our work thus far have been movement focused. In this assignment you will concentrate on graphics. You will design a logo that will be used in the next assignment, Animated Banner. This logo may be whatever you’d like but I would suggest something that represents you as a brand, like a buisness, name, interests, etc. The final result should be a clean, simple, somewhat abstract image. You will export it out and submit a png version of it.

You will be graded on the following:
  • Lab Requirements
    • Techniques and processes covered in the instructional material is followed and implemented.
  • Creativity & Craftsmanship
    • Excellent design choices, novel & appealing, and solid clean caliber work.
Assignment Video Tutorials
You may watch these tutorial videos below to help you complete your assignment.

Assignment Video Tutorials

You may download the images used in this tutorial here, W3Schools and here, W3Schools

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