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Power Up Your PowToon Studio Project

Book Description

The ultimate PowToon project guide – get hints, tips, and ideas to turbocharge your PowToon Studio project

In Detail

This book will not only provide you with a complete product feature and functionality overview, it will also teach you some techniques that can add professionalism to your project to help you plan and develop a great video or presentation.

The theory behind cartoon creation and its use as a powerful digital media is explored in this book. Chapter by chapter, the book builds on the planning and creation of a PowToon project. You'll learn how to tell a story by learning scripting and storyboarding essentials. You'll also learn how to customize your backgrounds, use a variety of props, manipulate and animate objects, and use voice and text (introducing some cartoon text conventions). The book ends with a look at publishing, and once your PowToon project is complete, we'll introduce you to some ways in which you can extend your PowToon project using other tools.

What You Will Learn

  • Discover how to create color schemes that just look right

  • Understand how voiceover can add an entire dimension to your project

  • Decide what type of style might work best for your project

  • Apply the principle of "less is more" to avoid creating a "FrankenToon" that has too many elements

  • Apply consistent backgrounds and learn how to choose props that meet the needs of your audience

  • Use appropriate animations, animated characters, and transitions

  • Learn design basics for visuals and text and how to preview and export your PowToon creation

  • Downloading the example code for this book. You can download the example code files for all Packt books you have purchased from your account at If you purchased this book elsewhere, you can visit and register to have the files e-mailed directly to you.

    Table of Contents

    1. Power Up Your PowToon Studio Project
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Power Up Your PowToon Studio Project
      3. Credits
      4. Foreword
      5. About the Author
      6. About the Reviewers
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers, and more
          1. Why subscribe?
          2. Free access for Packt account holders
      8. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Reader feedback
        6. Customer support
          1. Downloading the color images of this book
          2. Errata
          3. Piracy
          4. Questions
      9. 1. Structure of a PowToon Studio Project
        1. Why do animations work?
        2. When could I use a PowToon?
        3. The renaissance of storytelling
        4. Structure of a PowToon
        5. Features and the balance of simplicity
        6. The magic formula for mixing the elements
        7. Cognitive overload
        8. Adding the power of surprises and laughter to the mix
        9. PowToon licenses
        10. What is the perfect length for a PowToon?
        11. Scripting
        12. Summary
      10. 2. Getting the Best from Color in PowToon
        1. PowToon and the color wheel
        2. Ways of combining colors
          1. Analogous color schemes
          2. Monochromatic color schemes
          3. Triad color schemes
          4. Complementary color schemes
          5. Split-complementary color schemes
        3. Why is all this important?
        4. Colors in culture
        5. Color blindness
        6. Summary
      11. 3. The Dashboard
        1. Creating an account, logging in, and the dashboard
        2. Navigating the dashboard
          1. The great big CREATE button!
          2. Editing an existing PowToon
          3. Playing an existing PowToon
          4. Deleting and duplicating a PowToon
          5. Searching/filtering based on project names
          6. Renaming a PowToon
          7. Changing the project description and tagging your PowToon
          8. Publishing your PowToon Studio project
          9. Downloading to a local .mp4 file
          10. Sharing PowToons
          11. The transcript option
        3. Summary
      12. 4. Getting Started
        1. So let's begin!
        2. The PowToon Studio screen
          1. The timeline
          2. The play options
          3. Slide navigation area
          4. The working area
        3. Creating your PowToon!
        4. Another way to edit
        5. Summary
      13. 5. Storyboarding and Scripting
        1. What is a storyboard?
          1. Why is it so important to create a storyboard?
          2. The five-step model for storytelling
        2. Telling a story
          1. Make sure that you actually have a story to tell!
          2. Focus on the story – everything else is unwanted "filler"
          3. Remember that the story has to engage your audience and not you!
        3. What do you write?
          1. The commercial example
          2. The social example
          3. The personal example
        4. Rapid prototyping in PowToon
        5. Summary
      14. 6. Backgrounds, Characters, and Props
        1. Backgrounds
          1. The Edge feature
          2. Keep it simple
          3. Changing the perspective with backgrounds – cropping and magnifying
          4. Building your own background from the existing PowToon assets
          5. Mixing and matching backgrounds
          6. Changing a background for emphasis
        2. Characters
          1. Character size and perspective
          2. Character orientation
          3. Custom characters
          4. Using the character as a prop
          5. Parody
        3. Props
          1. Manipulating props
          2. Adding your own props
          3. Image holders, markers, and shapes
            1. Image holders
            2. Markers
            3. Shapes
        4. Manipulating characters and props on the stage
          1. Prop and character orientation
          2. The Grid feature
          3. The Swap feature
          4. The Split feature
          5. Moving characters and props around the stage
          6. The right-click options
          7. How to construct and compose your overall image
            1. The Golden Ratio
            2. The rule of thirds
            3. Remember your audience
          8. More information on images
            1. The .swf files
            2. Deleting images
            3. The Media Search option
        5. Summary
      15. 7. Animations, Animating, and Transitions
        1. Animating objects
          1. The Hand option
          2. Scrubbing a slide to view the animation
        2. Animated objects
          1. Using animations to enhance the meaning of the content
        3. Transitions (animations between slides)
        4. Summary
      16. 8. Text
        1. A tiny bit of theory – serif versus sans serif
        2. How to insert text
        3. Using the animated text options
        4. Text placement
        5. Text size
        6. Creative use of text
        7. Speech and thought bubbles
        8. Text angling
        9. Style strings
          1. Mixing text sizes and styles in leading characters
          2. Moving the text in and out of a PowToon Studio slide
        10. Top text tip
        11. Summary
      17. 9. Voiceover and Music
        1. Getting started
        2. The Sound Manager options
          1. Voiceover
            1. Import File
            2. Record
          2. Inserting music tracks
          3. Muting and deleting sound
          4. Important considerations with music and voiceover
            1. Volume and relative levels
            2. Choosing your music
            3. Do you actually need a voiceover?
            4. Creating a voiceover that you do not keep!
          5. Voiceover recording tips
        3. Summary
      18. 10. Sharing and Enhancing Your Project
        1. Exporting your project
        2. What can you do with your PowToon now?
        3. Summary
      19. A. The Latest Features
        1. Action buttons
        2. Preview and Publish buttons
        3. Undo and Redo
      20. Index