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A few tips and tricks from an user

Better than us to give you some tips on the best way to use Kwik, this week Selen Pekun, from Turkey, was kind enough to share some of her tricks on using our plugin. She is behind one of the most beautiful storybooks made with Kwik (not yet published).

Kwiksher) Selen, please tell us a little bit about you.

My name is Selen Pekun. I live and work in Turkey. I am a TV Graphics Designer at a local sports channel named “NTV Spor” for about 3,5 years. I do and take iPad children’s books animations as a part of my future project.

How long have you been using Kwik?

I am using Kwik for about a month now.

What is your favorite feature?

My favorite feature is rotation widget!

What is your top requested feature?

My top requested feature (since you are adding the path animation that doesn’t count) will be a (I don’t know the name but) dodge animation. When I click on an object, imagine it as a balloon, It has to dodge/fly random locations. It would be fun!

Below, some of Selen’s tips and tricks”

Don’t forget to prepare and finalize your layers before exporting.

Merge still, unanimated layers and define your background layer. This way, Kwik will export organized images quicker. With less image, your “build” folder won’t use much of a disk space.

 

– If you have to export the same page again, delete page .lua file.

There are .lua files for every page you add. Kwik creates and writes on same “page.lua” file whenever you export. In order to prevent future confusion, delete the pages “page.lua” file before exporting it again.

 

– Use accurate sound files.

Check the sound files format information before using them. The files with .mp3 extension can seem to be the real thing. Just check if it says “mpeg-1 layer 3” in info panel. You can check these information via a media player.

 

– Using same sound file for more than one layer?

Just copy and name them different. Using “meow.mp3” for more than one layer may cause confusion in the future.

 

– Name every component

Don’t forget to name every animation, button and action. This way, you’ll know what you put and won’t get lost inside if you happen to interfere the code.

 

– Hide layers that won’t be shown

Closing the eye of one layer does not count as hiding. While exporting, Kwik will see your hidden layers and export everything, even if you don’t want it to. To prevent this, just drop the opacity of the layer you want to hide*.

* you can use also the Hide Layer command, available in the Toolbox menu

– A trick while we cannot define the rotation anchor:

Since you cannot choose the image origin yet, I had to find my own solution. Which is, 1 – duplicate the selected layer, 2 – turn it the opposite direction of the original layer. 3 – paint it white, 4 – make it’s opacity %1, 5 – merge the two layers, done! Now that the image size is duplicated by the hollow twin image, kwik can take the usual, center, origin. And it swings gracefully Smile

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3 comments

  • Very clever workaround for the rotation center, thanks.

    When you delete the page .lua file, is that done by digging through the folder? Or is there a way to do that from Kwik in Photoshop?

  • Loreen, Kwik does not clear your folder when you (re)export your project. All pages being re-exported are going to be rebuild. The suggestion of manually delete the .lua files is due the fact, in the case you have an error on the export process, you will not have the risk to have an old page with the new ones.

  • These are excellent suggestions. I’d love to know more tip and tricks for using Kwik.

    Thanks for posting this blog.

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