Middlebury

2D Animation Scanning

The following instructions provide a step by step guide to scanning 2D Hand Drawn Cell Animations.

  • Go to the computer in Axinn 002 that is connected to the Xsan (back left corner).
  • Turn on the power to the computer if it is not already on.
  • Turn on the power to the attached HP ScanJet 5590 scanner and verify that it is connected to the computer via USB.
  • Log in using your middlebury username and password.
  • Place your A4 paper into the automatic document feeder on top of the scanner. Do not place more than 50 sheets in at once.
  • Make sure that the image is facing up in the automatic document feeder and that the first image in the animation sequence is on top.
  • Push the button on the scanner with the icon that represents an image file. There is an arrow indicating the correct button to push.
  • A warning message pops up telling you that the Automatic Document Feeder is engaged. Select "OK".
Automatic Document Feeder Warning
  • Change the "Scan to:" location to Adobe Photoshop CS4 and choose "Accept".
Scan to Photoshop
  • Verify that Adobe Photoshop CS4 Launches and that each scanned page has it's own tab in the photoshop workspace.
  • You will need to create an action as the actions I created only work on my user account (I'll fix this as soon as possible). In the meantime follow these instructions to create the actions that are referenced below. With Photoshop open, Choose Window->actions. A new window pops up. At the very bottom of this actions window click on the "Create New Set" icon. Name it "Animation". Now click on the "Create New Action" icon. You will notice that the red "record" icon turns on in the action window. Choose Image->Image Rotation->90˚ CCW. Stop the Action. Follow the above steps to create a new action for 90˚ CW. Follow the above steps to create a new action for "Save As" by starting the action then File->Save As. Save As: 001.jpg. Where: Xsan_Media->CourseName->YourName->ProjectName. Select Save. Stop the Action.
  • If your animation is a landscape animation instead of a portrait animation Select File->Automate->Batch.
File->Automate->Batch
  • Under the "Play" settings choose Set: "Animation" and Action: "Rotate 90˚ Clockwise or Counter Clockwise".
  • Choose Source: "Opened Files".
  • Choose Destination: "Folder" and select Xsan_Media->CourseName->YourName->ProjectName.
  • Make sure to leave the "Override Action "Save As" Commands UNCHECKED. Select "OK"
  • Launch Quicktime Pro.
  • Select File->Open Image Sequence.
Open Image Sequence
  • Browse to Xsan_Media->CourseName->StudentName->ProjectName and select the first image file in the sequence. Choose "Open".
Locate Image Sequence
  • Select the desired framerate for the image sequence.
Choose Framerate
  • Select File->Save As.
Save Quicktime Movie
  • Browse to Xsan_Media->CourseName->YourName->ProjectName.
Save Quicktime Movie Location

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