So maybe this is your first experience in creating your own cartoon using Flash. You are clueless about the idea, the characters and furthermore the story. It would be more complicated when you think about how to add sound and animation to your cartoon. To make the entire process gets easier, below are some steps you can follow. This might not the basic steps that work for everyone but at least it can help you figure out the important steps to do.
1. Finding the Idea
Before opening your Flash to make the cartoon, idea is the first thing you have to find. It is important to decide whether you want to create a funny, serious or even sarcastic cartoon. You should also know the target of your audience.
2. Creating the Characters
Before launching your cartoon, you must know the character first. You should know what and who they are, their personality and their background. People have different ways in deciding the character of their cartoon. Some people draw the character before creating the character while the others might think of the personality before drawing the character.
3. Develop a Setting
Setting is another important thing in making a cartoon. You should have the ideas of the locations such as house or city. If you want to simplify the design process, you can have the same setting for your characters.
4. Writing the Story
The next thing to do is writing the story. To make the writing process runs easily, think about the main idea first. Then, you can develop the story such as adding some conflicts and end it with the solutions.
5. Making the Storyboard
Once you have finished your story, now you need to make the storyboard. A storyboard is just like a comic book, it helps you direct the cartoon. When making storyboard, you need to draw your characters and illustrate what they are doing in each scene.
6. Recording Dialogue
It will be easier to record dialogue before animating your cartoon. This helps you to know where you want to add the dialogue and hence minimize any revisions on your animations.
7. Design Art
You can add elements in your cartoon either by drawing them in a piece of a paper or using drawing tools in the software. To make the process gets easier, you can design the elements in each scene.
8. Pre-Plan Your Scenes in Flash
Flash is a program that enables you to pre-plan scenes and add names. The benefit of doing this step is that you can copy similar frames to another scene.
9. Scan/Import Your Images and Audio
Before you start animating, it would be easy to scan your image or audio files into the Flash document. Scanning these files and save them into one folder will simplify the importing process.
10. Add the Audio to Each Scene
Once you have imported the audio and finished scenes lay-out, add your audio on each scene. Make sure that it flows well and there is no overlapping sound.
When animating your cartoon, you can copy similar scenes to simplify the process.
12. Lip Sync
Lip sync is the fun part in making a cartoon since your character will look more alive. You can use symbols for different mouth position and swap them for each sound.
13. Adding Sound Effects
To produce good sound effects, make sure that you place them in the right scenes. Timing is the key to obtain the right sound at the right scene.
14. Edit and Publish Your Cartoon
Before publishing your cartoon, you may need some editing process to make it more perfect. It can be adding more animations, sounds or dialogue. Once you have completed this finishing touch, your cartoon is ready to be published.