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How to make Flash Props for GoAnimate with Pencil Animator

etourist Business 2010-07-23 10:17:40

I know there's a lot of GoPlus users out there wanting to make flash props but can't afford all the flash software. Well this is the tutorial for you.

Pencil Animator may not be the best Flash Animation software out there but it's free and you can use it to make really cool props even if you can't draw because it has the ability to let you trace from photos and drawings. I've used it to make a lot of my own flash props.

I've written a step by step tutorial on Google Docs for making your own flash props which you'll find at:


It's a PDF file that you can download if you wish. Don't be put off by the number of pages. Most of it is pictures to show you how to do things rather than tell you with a truck load of words.

Each page covers only one or two steps and walks you through every stage. Links for where to download Pencil Animator are included with the tutorial.

The current tutorial shows my process to create a vehicle for my Lil Peepz characters. In future tutorials I'll be showing you how to animate your props.

Let me know if you try the tutorial and especially let me know if you didn't understand something or have questions.

etourist Business 2010-07-25 04:03:04

The second tutorial about how to animate your Flash props with Pencil Animator is now complete. You'll find it at:


It does assume you've done the first tutorial and continues where that left off. It's a shorter document than the first but it is more wordy (unfortunately). Still has lots of pictures though.

I'd really appreciate feedback from anyone who tries it so I can know if it's easy to follow or not.

etourist Business 2010-07-25 18:43:56

Once you've completed the tutorial one of the first things you're likely to want to animate is a walk cycle (i.e. character walking along). There's a great tutorial here for how to make a character walk. It demonstrates the steps needed using stick figures.


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etourist Business 2010-07-27 19:30:36

Let me know if you've tried the tutorial. If there's anything you found confusing or whether it was easy to follow etc.

AlexWoodRules 2010-08-01 09:43:57

Thanks TET i'll get on it

AlexWoodRules 2010-08-01 10:41:39

I am making an owl and i want to make it fly
so can i make it talk and fly? like, do both?
and do i upload as a hand prop or other prop?

etourist Business 2010-08-01 18:39:00

Unless you want other characters to be able to carry your prop around then most props should be uploaded as an 'Other prop'. Hand prop is for things like guns, bags, ice-cream cones... you get the idea.

etourist Business 2010-08-01 18:40:41

Yes you can make it talk and fly but if you don't want it to talk and fly at the same time then you'll have to make a 'talk' prop and a 'fly' prop.

AlexWoodRules 2010-08-01 18:59:51

okay, thanks!

AlexWoodRules 2010-08-01 19:02:24

i finished part one, and about to do part 2

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AnnBlyt@fb 2010-08-03 13:45:21

I'll check it out

Beyonce13 2010-08-29 17:12:49

wow!So you don't have to pay for it?

etourist Business 2010-08-30 19:13:52

No you don't have to pay for Pencil Animator. It's a free download.

stikdude united 2010-08-31 16:42:52

wow im gona ask but how do u install it?

etourist Business 2010-08-31 19:30:58

I think you download it as a zip file? not sure. But anyways you put the program file into a folder and then just double click on it's icon and you're away.

Panda Dog 2010-09-01 19:41:28

Does it work for apple laptops like the MacBook? (Panda Boy is interested in creating flash props, and yes, this means he is highly considering GoPlus)

KoNaZeRo pUrPlEpLaGuE 2010-09-11 12:53:30

does it work on a MAC

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d15turb1a 2010-09-17 16:54:01

would u need goplus to upload them?

Lil Redd 2010-10-08 19:59:11

sweet beans!!!

Supersam000 inc 2010-10-12 18:18:51

thank you so much now i can make flash props easy thank you so much you have no idea!!!!! im gonna fan you and rec and rate on every single one of your videos!!!!!

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WAZZUP™ Productions 2010-12-08 20:01:19

Hey TET I did do it but how do I like upload it to my account?

etourist Business 2010-12-08 21:56:16

You click the 'Import' button in the studio (You may have to go to the 'my stuff' section of the studio to see it but I'm pretty sure it's there next to the section tabs no matter what).

A window will open and you need to select the tab for 'Flash' props. From there you should be able to work it out.

RoTV GoPlus 2010-12-08 22:17:06

I just finally acquired Adobe CS5.  But, as serious users know, it has a steep learning curve.  I may download this program and your tutorials just to try it out.  Thanks for sharing, TET.  I have often found that less expensive (or free) programs can be invaluable additions in spite of having the Creme de le creme programs (so to speak).  Very cool tutorials.  Thanks.

etourist Business 2010-12-09 16:36:42

@RoTV - Pencil is good if you want to make a quick background, prop or a prop that only requires looped animation.

It has no action script support - so you can't make an animation play only once then stop. Or play once then stop at a specific frame etc. It's also very buggy so save and save often!

enjoyinglifeinseoul 2011-05-07 19:23:52

This looks really good TET. I'm not sure If I can give it try today, but I will soon.

I'll let you know how it goes.

тнυмвѕ υρ ƒιℓмѕ 2011-05-24 00:20:12

Wow very useful, thanks TET.

pinkgirlrcw 2011-05-27 06:45:38

is it a download?

g¡psy 2011-05-27 08:57:03

Yes, if you want to use it you need to download it. It's a software that has no connection with goanimate other than being able to create "props" in flash to upload to the studio (you need to be goplus for that)

pinkgirlrcw 2011-05-27 09:08:30

I have Go+, thx

g¡psy 2011-05-27 10:21:13

You're welcomed. I noticed you have it, but I wanted to give a general answer in case it helps other people with your same question, who may not be Goplus... =o)

Rocque 2011-07-30 00:27:44

Thank you so much for taking the time to help so many people!  It is great.

Naruto Productions™ 2011-08-22 04:08:30

I've Got Pencil BUT NO GO+! Actually I Am A good at drawing so my dad will buy it when I draw a 100 pitcures

cybertoons 2011-09-27 11:30:06

thanks so much!

SqueakToOnz™ 2011-09-29 23:07:26

thank you soooooooooooooooooooooo much , i am an artist and i wanna kno whether we can import our own drawings on paper to pencil and animate it? please reply. i am very eager to know

etourist Business 2011-10-02 02:16:41

@squeaktoonz - if you can scan your own drawings and save them as a windows BMP file (I don't know what format you need for the Mac version) then yes you can.

trinijheli 2011-12-10 14:17:53

Hi there i'm a newbee with goanimate and I'm looking for tutorials pdf or video to animate my own characters.
If i load a drawing, is it possible to animate with goanimate features.
I have flash but I'm looking for tools to animate efficiently and quickly.

I read your tutos.... very helpful and esay to follow... excellent !

тяїcку 2011-12-16 14:38:21

Thank you so much!
This helps alot!

Expiredcannedlaughs Business 2012-02-14 10:46:18

etourist, thanks for the time, effort, and generosity. I may never get that good at it, but this info is definitely what I need to start out.

TheIrritatingPenguin♫ 2012-02-14 19:42:21

I would be happy if you didn't need go-plus :'(

Animating Wing 2012-02-14 21:29:47

Ima having latest flash cs5.5 maybe they already published the CS6

Animating Wing 2012-02-14 21:33:55

LOL, i already have Pencil installed its a part of Ubuntu, ubuntu is linux kinda like mac :l

TheseStars Business 2012-02-15 01:50:45

you know I used Pencil to create a Muscle Car ---while
pouring over your tutorial ---gee it was like last year
this time----friend wrote a song, and wanted it animated,
anyway, the tutorial was great---the musician changed
his mind about the video but I still have the car I did
in Pencil---anyway,  I was wondering, TET
does the Draw Plus out do Pencil now?  are you able to
do that tracing thing...as you could with pencil?

TheSamuraiOfAwesome 2012-06-20 07:23:39

thanks for doing this etourist. this thread is like two years old. I might want to make flash props myself but where can I download pencil?

footsocktoe 2012-06-20 08:06:39

I think he says where in the tutorial. If not, GOOGLE knows.

You can also go to DOINK.COM and create Flash props there using there CREATE tool.

RantzAndFun1979 2012-11-06 12:24:46

@footsocktoe Doink does not need download but now you can only use a iPad. I am not allowed to download ANYTHING

☠TopherDino☠ 2013-01-27 18:14:23

Thanks for this. I've been watching some animation and I just watched "Grub's resolustion" and he had some really amazing flash characters. And it's gotten me interested. Thanks and I'll check it out.