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Now we're ready to go into Layout mode to begin animating our objects.
Just click on the Layout button in the upper right hand corner of Modelers
window. Use the Add button to bring in the paper.lwo object you just created.
It should be positioned at Ox, Oy, Oz co-ordinates since we centered it
in modeler. Now add the pencil.lwo object. It should be positioned in
a vertical position at the center of the "paper" object with the point
at the same level as the paper.
Since we set up the pivot point before saving the object, this saved us
the trouble of having to do it in layout. You can always adjust the pivot
point in Layout, but it's a good idea to create your objects to scale
with the proper pivot point while still in modeler.(image14) The
default view in Layout is Perspective view so you can see not only where
your objects are located, but your camera and light sources as well. Switch
to the camera view to see what your objects will look like if they were
rendered right now. Your objects will probably look a bit far away so
make sure you choose the Camera button under the Edit menu and move the
camera closer to your objects until they are reasonably large in your
viewport. Now would be a good time to create a key frame for the camera.
Next let's make sure that our animation will be long enough to enjoy.
Go to the Last Frame input box in the lower right hand corner and change
the 60 which is the default frame number to 300. At 30 frames per second
this will translate into a ten second animation. Next, we need to move
our pencil to it's starting point for the animation. Click on Objects
under the Edit menu and make sure that the Selected Item is the pencil.lwo
Use the move tool to position it towards the left hand side of the viewport
closer to you.
Make sure that
you create a keyframe for the pencil at this location. If you forget to
create a keyframe, the pencil will snap back to it's original location
which can be very frustrating.(image15) OK, our pencil is in a
good location to begin the animation but it looks just a little to "upright".
With the pencil object still selected, click on the Rotate tool and give
your pencil a little "attitude by slanting it back towards you a little.
Make sure that you create another keyframe to record the change you just
made.(image16) Now move the frame slider control to frame 20. Before
moving the pencil, make sure the the Y axis button is inactive so that
the "point of the pencil will not break contact with the surface of the
Using the Move tool, drag the pencil so that it is farther away from you
but still on the left side of the viewport. Create a keyframe so that
Layout will record the new position and create the "in between" frames
for a smooth movement. Move the slider to frame 30 and reposition your
pencil using the Move tool. Remember to create a keyframe every time you
reposition the pencil at a new frame. You can make small changes in the
rotation and angle of the pencil as well to give it more realism. Continue
to make the pencil move across the paper using small up and down as well
as side to side movements until you get over towards the right side of
the viewport. Leave yourself about 100 frames at the end of the animation
so that we can create the portion of the animation where the pencil lays
itself down for a rest.