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From Snow White to Shrek, from Fred Flintstone to SpongeBob SquarePants, the design of a character conveys personality before a single word of dialogue is spoken. Designing Characters with Personality shows artists how to create a distinctive character, then place that character in context within a script, establish hierarchy, and maximize the impact of pose and expression. Practical exercises help readers put everything together to make their new characters sparkle. Lessons from the author, who designed the dragon Mushu (voiced by Eddie Murphy) in Disney’s Mulan—plus big-name experts in film, TV, video games, and graphic novels—make a complex subject accessible to every artist.

Flash CS4 for Dummies

With Adobe Flash CS4 For Dummies as your guide, you can unleash your creativity and contribute to the “Flash”-iest showcase of dynamic content: the Web! You’ll become acquainted with Flash CS4 and learn when to use this popular Web development tool. Plus, you’ll discover what you can create, from animation to games to presentations.

This full color edition gives you the opportunity to get acquainted with Flash CS4, discover all the possibilities, and become familiar with the new tools. You’ll be able to create dynamic content, adapt the program’s features to suit your development needs, publish your Flash files to the Web, and showcase your creativity and newly acquired skills. You’ll discover how to create graphics, text, and layers, make animations, add sound and video, and optimize your files for download.

Find out how to:

Draw and edit images, create effects, and use layers
Building layers, manipulate objects, and add buttons
Animate figures and add interactive features
Understand the basics of colors, frame rates, and graphics
Incorporate video and sound files
Publish your files to the Web

Complete with lists of ten frequently asked questions about Flash, ten best resources for Flash, and samples of work from ten fabulous Flash designers, Adobe Flash CS4For Dummies is your one-stop guide designing dynamic and interactive content.

Blender For Dummies 2nd Edition

The exciting new book on the exciting new Blender 2.5!
If you want to design 3D animation, here’s your chance to jump in with both feet, free software, and a friendly guide at your side! Blender For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the perfect introduction to the popular, open-source, Blender 3D animation software, specifically the revolutionary new Blender 2.5. Find out what all the buzz is about with this easy-access guide. Even if you?re just beginning, you’ll learn all the Blender 2.5 ropes, get the latest tips, and soon start creating 3D animation that dazzles.

Walks you through what you need to know to start creating eye-catching 3D animations with Blender 2.5, the latest update to the top open-source 3D animation program
Shows you how to get the very most out of Blender 2.5’s new multi-window unblocking interface, new event system, and other exciting new features
Covers how to create 3D objects with meshes, curves, surfaces, and 3D text; add color, texture, shades, reflections and transparency; set your objects in motion with animations and rigging; render your objects and animations; and create scenes with lighting and cameras

If you want to start creating your own 3D animations with Blender, Blender For Dummies, 2nd Edition is where you need to start!

Android Game Programming For Dummies

Learn how to create great games for Android phones
Android phones are rapidly gaining market share, nudging the iPhone out of the top spot. Games are the most frequently downloaded apps in the Android market, and users are willing to pay for them. Game programming can be challenging, but this step-by-step guide explains the process in easily understood terms. A companion Web site offers all the programming examples for download.

Presents tricky game programming topics–animation, battery conservation, touch screen input, and adaptive interface issues–in the straightforward, easy-to-follow For Dummies fashion
Explains how to avoid pitfalls and create fun games based on best programming practices for mobile devices
A companion web site includes all programming examples
If you have some programming knowledge, Android Game Programming For Dummies will have you creating cool games for the Android platform quickly and easily.