This guide introduces the reader to concepts and techniques in computer animation for the Internet. The book starts out with background information about the field, contrasts computer animation with traditional animation, and emphasizes that the Web is the publishing medium of choice for most computer animation today. The Complete Idiot's GuideA (R) to Web Animation also includes learning to make animated GIFs, from banner ads to email attachments; building an animation project while mastering timelines and keyframes, and how to integrate the finished product into a Web site; learning basic principles of 3D animation, and a section on advanced 3D animation.
Marc Campbell has been doodling on computers and publishing computer art on the Web for nearly ten years. His big break in computer illustration came in 1997 when after working in a computer graphics firm, he was chosen to lead a design team at DC Comics. In this role he helped create and maintain official DC Comic Web sites, including the official Mad Magazine Web site. Since, Marc has taught Web design and computer graphics at the Millennium Institute of Computers and has worked with SE Technologies as Creative Director of Web site design, animation and graphic enhancement. Marc is the author of Alpha's The Complete Idiot's GuideA (R) to Computer Illustration, due in bookstores in June 2002.