5 Replies Latest reply on Jul 30, 2015 7:23 AM by Rick Gerard

    should I make animations with bitmaps or vectors?

    gmangavin1 Level 1

      This is something that has been troubling me for quite some time and I can't seem to get an answer from people around me so I decided to make a post on the forums.

      Now I plan on making animations in After Effects and uploading them to youtube but I don't know if I should draw in photoshop using bitmaps or if I should go into illustrator and use vectors.

        • 1. Re: should I make animations with bitmaps or vectors?
          Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

          As long as you don't plan on using extensive scaling, this is a moot point. People always obsess about using vectors when they actually don't need them and of course many times AE's limitations will often nullify any benefits vectors may have like effects enforcing rasterization, anyway. In the end it's one of those "it depends" things and you should decide on an "as needed" basis rather than on a generalized level.

           

          Mylenium

          • 2. Re: should I make animations with bitmaps or vectors?
            Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            This depends on the style you want and your skill level. I do better at cartoons with Illustrator but I do better at realistic painting with Photoshop. If you are good enough you can do amazing things with Illustrator. Take a look at some of the illustrations by Paul Brush.

             

            The only think you have to pay attention to if you create in Photoshop is image size. You want to make your illustrations big enough that you never have to scale them over 100% when you animate. There's no such restriction with vector art. You can scale it to any size you want.

            • 3. Re: should I make animations with bitmaps or vectors?
              gmangavin1 Level 1

              Yeah, I think I'll go with bitmap on photoshop because in the end result I'll be exporting a 2160p video and uploading it to youtube. I am much more experienced with photoshop compared to illustrator and the reason I was thinking about using vectors is for the re scaling abilities it allows.

              • 4. Re: should I make animations with bitmaps or vectors?
                gmangavin1 Level 1

                Yeah, the main reason I was thinking about using illustrator is the fact it uses points and not pixels.

                • 5. Re: should I make animations with bitmaps or vectors?
                  Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  gmangavin1 wrote:

                   

                  ... exporting a 2160p video,,,

                  Are you sure you want to do YouTube 4K? It's true that YouTube is supporting that right now and I'm all for going with the highest quality that your system can handle, but most folks and devices won't be able to playback 4K for a while. Rendering time for 4K can be as much as 4 times higher than rendering for HD. `Here's another animation hint. If you like the look of classic cartoons like Bugs Bunny then you should know that they photographed each animation cell twice so the movie was really 12 fps, not 24. If I were making classic cartoon animations and especially in YouTube 4K I would set the frame rate for my comp at 12 or 15 and then a production master using the Render Cue, then use the production master to render the 24 or 30 fps h.264 with the AME. At least I would do some testing to help manage the 4K rendering times.

                   

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