Department of Creative Arts
St. Pius X High School

Animation Using Corel Rave

A Tutorial modified from coreldraw.com

 


In order to simplify this so everyone has the same size logo please use this copy of the Logo .... CoffeeShopRave

Open Corel Rave and Open CoffeeShopRave.cdr

 

Creating Multiple Frames

Currently, the logo exists in one frame only. You'll make the logo appear in 20 frames by extending the timelines of all its objects simultaneously. To do this, you'll temporarily group all the objects in the logo.

 

1.            In the Timeline Docker window, click in the left section, and then click the plus (+) sign beside Layer 1 to view the logo components.

The company name and the steam coming out of the cup are single curve objects; the cup and the background are groups of objects.

 

2.            Double-click the Pick tool to select all the objects in the logo.

 

3.            Click Arrange menu Group.

 

In the Timeline Docker window, a new group that contains the four logo components appears.

 

4.            Hold down CTRL, and in the Timeline Docker window, drag the black dot associated with the new group to frame 20.

Holding down CTRL lets you extend the timelines of all objects in a group.

 

5.            Click Arrange menu Ungroup.

 

The timelines of all logo components have been extended from frame 1 through to frame 20.

 

Tween an Object

 

Now you'll tween the steam to make it rise from the cup. To accomplish this, you'll add keyframes to the steam's timeline and resize the steam at the keyframes.

Group your Steam together into one object.

 

Add Keyframes

1.            In the Timeline Docker window, click the steam object.

2.            Click frame 5 in the steam's timeline.

 

3.            In the Timeline Docker window, click the Insert keyframe button .

A square that indicates a keyframe displays at frame 5 in the steam's timeline. Also, keyframes are automatically inserted at the start and end frames of the steam's timeline.

 

4.            Repeat steps 2 and 3 to insert keyframes at frames 10 and 15.

This is what the steamtimeline should look like:

Resize the Steam at the Keyframes

 

1.            Click the keyframe at frame 1 in the steam's timeline.

 

2.            Hold down SHIFT, and on the stage, drag a corner selection handle inwards to resize the steam proportionally as shown below. Holding down SHIFT keeps the center of the steam stationary.

 

Now scale the steam to about 20% of the size

 

3.            Drag the steam to the top of the cup.

 

4.            Click frame 5 in the steam's timeline.

5.            Hold down SHIFT, and on the stage, drag a side (middle) handle inward to reduce the width of the steam. The upper Scale factor box on the property bar should display a value of about 15%.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preview the animation

 

         1. In the Timeline Docker window, drag the playhead  from frame 1 to frame 20. The steam rises from the cup between frames 1 and 5, and spreads out between frames 5 and 10. You did not edit the steam at frames 10, 15, and 20, so for now, the steam does not change between these frames.

 


Tween a Group of Objects

 

Tweening groups of objects lets you quickly add animation effects to complex images consisting of multiple objects.

 

Now you'll make the cup and the steam appear to turn around between frames 10 and 20. As the cup is a group of objects, you'll add keyframes to the group's timeline and edit the group at some of the keyframes as if it were a single object.

 

Add keyframes to a Group's Gimeline

 

1.            In the Timeline Docker window, click the group's name Cup to select the cup.

 

2.            Click frame 10 in the cup's timeline.

 

3.            Click the Insert keyframe button to add a keyframe at frame 10.

 

4.            Repeat steps 2 and 3 to add a keyframe at frame 15.

 

5.            Click the plus (+) sign beside the group's name Cup to view the timelines of the individual objects within the group.

 

You are now ready to edit the cup at the keyframes.

 

This is how the cup's timeline should look:

 

You are going to resize the cup and the steam at frame 15.

 

Resize the cup

1.            In the Timeline Docker window, click the keyframe at frame 15 in the cup's timeline.

 

2.            Hold down SHIFT, and on the stage, drag a middle side selection handle inward to reduce the width of the cup. Holding down SHIFT keeps the center of the cup stationary. The resized cup should be about 5 pixels wide. The width of the cup is displayed in the upper Object's size box

 

 

 

Resize the steam

1.            In the Timeline Docker window, click frame 15 in the steam's timeline.

 

2.            Hold down SHIFT, and on the stage, drag a middle side selection handle inward to reduce the width of the steam. If necessary, drag the steam to center it above the cup.

 

The resized steam should be about 5 pixels wide.

 

 

 

 

 

Export a movie

 

To use a Corel R.A.V.E. project in Movie Maker you need to export it as an AVI

 

1.            Click File menu Export.

 

2.            In the Save in box, choose the drive and the folder where you want to save the file.

 

3.            From the Files of type list box, choose AVI - Video for Windows

 

4.            Click Export.

 

5.            Click OK.

 


 

 

In Movie Maker

1. Open your a New File

2 . Add you Company Logo (animated) , Proudly Presents and a "Tutorial #2" Title Screen.

3. Import you Coffee Logo avi and add it to you video

4. Save you movie and post on your website. See instructions in Tutorial 1