1.1: Workspace Tutorial

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Step 1

Welcome to the workspace tutorial.
In this tutorial you will learn the interface of Stickman.

Step 2

In the top we got some menus.
Some commands are put in more than one place to make them easy to find.

Here is a brief explaination of the top menus:
File - Create or save new scene, import, export
Edit - Undo, redo, copy, paste, insert, delete, goto frame
View - Turn on or off display settings
Time Line - Add, delete key frame
Figure - Add, delete figures, edit settings, reload, speech bubbles
Animation - Commands used when animating, walk tool
Camera - Go to selected figure, reset camera
Packages - Import figure package, select default package
Tools - Change selected tool, edit animation options
Help - Help resources

Step 3

New - Creates a new scene.
Open - Opens an existing scene.
Save - Saves the changes to the current scene.

Step 4

Undo - Go back one action.
Redo - Go forward one action.

TIP: When you save the scene, all undo actions will be deleted to save computer memory. Use 'File->Save As' to save a copy if you need backup.

Step 5

F1: The design camera tool is used to move the camera you use when animating.
F2: A select tool so you can point and click to select a figure.
F3: A color tool for changing colors on a figure.

When you select one of these tools, the start and end of animation settings appear on the left side of work area.

Step 6

F4: The control points tool is used to animate the control points of a figure.
F5: The switch tool is used to animate figure switches.
F6: The matrix tool is used to animate position, rotation and size of a figure.
F7: The path tool is used to view and adjust figure movement path.
F8: The camera tool is used to animate camera movement.
F9: The speaker tool is used to trigger sounds.
F10: The volume tool is used to animate pan and volume of a sound.

Step 7

F11: Takes you to the tutorials page at www.cutoutpro.com
F12: Takes you to the home page of www.cutoutpro.com

Step 8

The left side of the screen will change depending on the tool you are using. For example, if you select Control Points Tool (F4), the left side shows the available control point groups.

Step 9

On the right side you add figures to your scene.
Right-click the list to get more options.

Step 10

'Display Order' let's you change the display order in the selected frame.

Step 11

Hold the mouse cursor over one of the round buttons to get a description.

Step 12

At the left side of the work space you can choose a tool mode.
For example, the Control Points Tool (F4), got one for moving control points, and one for viewing keyboard poses.

Step 13

In the lower right corner, you can click the photo camera icon to create a snap shot of the animation for printing on T-shirts, posters or web (check out zazzle.com).

Step 14

That's it! Go on and read the other tutorials to start animating!

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