How to make a GIF in Moho

Mar 29, 2018 at 10:00 am by SchelleFire

Smith Micro asked Moho artist Emanuel Rodriguez to explain how he made his Zen Froggie GIF.

And though it may seem like a simple GIF, he explains that the process is a bit more in-depth. To accompany his explanation, he also shares a 2-minute time-lapse video of the actual animation process – from conception to completion. 

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Here's what Rodriguez said:

For this GIF I wanted to do the character animation as fast as possible. I used three great Moho features to help me with that:

  1. The clean and hassle-free imports from Photoshop. They preserve layer hierarchy, scale, and position so I don’t have to redo steps inside Moho.
  2. Moho allows me to draw each bone where I want it knowing that with the “Use Selected Bones for Flexi-Binding” option, I will be able to choose what bones control each part of my character.
  3. Finally, I use the powerful Smart Bones feature. Being an animator involves constantly switching between being an artist and a problem solver. Smart Bones allows me to focus on the movements that I want and all the technical aspects of each pose. Once I start the animating process, I’m able to concentrate on timing.

Rigging and animating characters inside Moho becomes a natural process. It's the fastest and most enjoyable part of the production. Even if that production is just for a two-second GIF!

Coquí Medita Making-Of

Te invito a acompañarme en el proceso creativo de la animación con el coquí que medita. ...Y pensar que el resultado final es un GIF de 2 segundos :) ¡Espero que les guste!

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