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Motion for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide by Mark Spencer

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Chapter 3. Working with Objects

To understand objects, think of them as incredibly varied, infinitely malleable building blocks. Whether digital photos, Apple QuickTime movies, scanned sketches, Adobe Illustrator vector art, layered Adobe Photoshop files, text, or simple shapes, objects are the source material for building your animated creation.

When working on a project, you or your client usually has a rough idea of what the final output should look like. This idea, whether it is a series of sketches (a storyboard), a formal written description (a script), or just a twinkle in someone’s eye, serves as your guide as you select which objects are appropriate and how to manipulate them in space and time. Compositing is the process of choosing the ...

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