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Dec 13, 2004 | 4:10 AM EST
  • Daily 2nd Place December 14, 2004

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**** UPDATE: I have put a help portal on my website! You can visit it and post animations that you need help with... I will do my best to leave feedback for everyone. *****

That's right special effects. I've put alot of time into this so you guys can learn alot more... MORE than Twice as long as the last tutorial.
Anyway... Give me a review and tell me what you think!
By The way... all Effects are in an .FLA available in the downloads section of my website WWW.JACKSMACK.COM



Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

better than the last

the fire and water examples looked the best imo. the smoke looked a bit gnarly, but the others were ok/good. still just watch out for basic spelling errors and typos, that sorta thing. oh u shouldnt even bother putting the "now just a word here" page in. oh and the last page button cuts the music off.

JackSmack responds:

Thanks for saying the tutorials are getting better. And yes the smoke looks a bit gnarly but it is great for small file sizes. Sorry about the button killing the music. was something I missed I guess. did it so when you hit the button it didn't play another music track on top of the one already playing. And I appologize for any spelllingg errors. I'm not perfect... but hey I want to help people.


Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Pretty good.

Those are good was to achieve those effects. There ARE better ways, but at least if people watch this tut we should have a higher base standard.

By the way, the lightning part is broke. Might wanna fix that.

JackSmack responds:

as for the lightning thing thanks for telling me about that when I fixed the last problem I missed that little mistake I made. Thanks.

And as for being better ways to go about doing some things... yeah there are DEFINITELY better ways to make these effects. but what I'm doing here is simple yet cool effects that anyone can do. So yeah if you hand animate the special effect it will almost always look better but if you are pressed for time or you have weak drawing ability these effects will work nicely.


Rated 2 / 5 stars

We donĀ“t need your tutorials!

Hey dude! Nobody needs your tutorials! Good idea at all, but WE KNOW HOW ANIMATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But if you start making movies, where you use your animations you could get better rewiews. But keep going!

JackSmack responds:

Ok... I know if I put up cartoons I would get good scores... not worried about cartoons though. I don't care about my score all that much... alot of people really like my tutorials and there is nothing wrong with sharing information with people who want it.

Also.. you said we know how to animate... I checked your work and it is mostly sprite work. nothing wrong with sprite flash... but there are people who are trying really hard to make good flash from scratch. I'm making these for them... You already know how to make good art for your cartoons... I'm making these for everybody else.

And yes I agree no one needs my tutorials... but then again... no one really needs anything other than food, water, and shelter do they?

Wow that was corny... OK... ya. Glad you liked my tutorial there neobyte... you gave me warm fuzzies.


Rated 1.5 / 5 stars

Nice effort...

... but you have a long way to go before you can teach people particle animation effectively. You're fire and smoke were pretty sophmoric. Try building up your frame by frame skills. I recommend researching other artists' renderings of water/fire animation, such as Bitey of Brackenwood.

JackSmack responds:

Yep... I have to admit it's not the best looking smoke on the planet. But it is alot better than some people can do.

and yes when I work on animations with special effects I don't make my fire like this but it does look like fire and is great for small file sizes.

I'm not saying I'm great at anything... I'm just saying this is a convinicing way to make fire.. smoke... or other effects. This tutorial is for people who wonder how they can make good effects with the least amount of drawing possible, and I think they work pretty well... but yes not perfect.

Thanks for the review.