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Array to Animation
How to convert an image array or spritesheet into an animation

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This tutorial will demonstrate some of the basic uses of the new Array-to-Animation plugin. We'll show here how it looks in PD Artist, but you should be able to do the same in PD Pro 3 or 4, and even on earlier versions such as PD 2.

Creating a Large image - the Spritesheet

Here we will create a sequence of drawings, all in a single, large image. This is also at times called a Sprite sheet. Start by creating a large image. In this example, we'll create an array of 4x4, or 16 total frames. Each frame will be 200 pixels wide, i.e. 200x200 pixels. The layout will call for a sprite sheet of 800x800 total pixels.

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Artist Guides - visual subdivision

It can help a lot to see where one image cell ends and where the next one starts on the blank spriteshet. One way to get sch a visual cue is by enabling artist guides:  Select

menu:  Window > Display Settings...

then check the box to enable Artist Guides

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Now set the horizontal and vertical counts to 4 each. This will help 'see' the 4x4 layout, for a total of 16 cells in the spritesheet.

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