Here you will find training that will help you get the most out of the Easy Sketch Pro software.
To see our full review of Easy Sketch Pro, click here.
Easy Sketch Pro 3 Training Tutorials
Here is a series of training and demo tutorials that will guide you through every aspect of using Easy Sketch Pro 2.
By the time you have finished them, you will be creating whiteboard animation videos like the pros and, of course, at a mere fraction of the cost.
The tutorials should be watched in sequence and in conjunction with the User Guide.
Tutorial 1: Introduction
In this video, we introduce Easy Sketch Pro and explain how to use the training tutorials.
Tutorial 2: Download & Installation
In this tutorial, we look at downloading and installing Easy Sketch Pro and give some hints for a fast and smooth implementation.
Tutorial 3: The Workspace
In this tutorial, we take a short tour around the Easy Sketch Pro workspace, including the canvas and the toolbar.
Tutorial 4: Canvas Options
In this tutorial, we look at the various canvas options in Easy Sketch Pro. In particular, we see how to change the resolution of your finished video and how to change the background colour of the canvas.
Tutorial 5: Images
In this tutorial, we look at adding and manipulating images in your whiteboard animation projects.
Tutorial 6: Entrance Animation
In this tutorial, we look at the various options available to you for animating the addition of objects onto the canvas.
Tutorial 7: Exit Animation
In this tutorial, we look at the various options available for (optionally) removing objects from the canvas.
Tutorial 8: The Timeline
In this tutorial, we look at using the ‘timeline’ feature to quickly move between different parts of your whiteboard animation project.
Tutorial 9: Text
In this tutorial, we look at adding and manipulating text in your whiteboard animation projects.
Tutorial 10: Saving & Opening Projects
In this tutorial, we look at saving your projects so you do not lose the work you have done and then re-opening them again to work on them.
Tutorial 11: Backgrounds
In this tutorial, we look at changing the colour of the canvas, adding a gradient to the canvas and using an image as the background for the canvas.
Tutorial 12: Video
In this tutorial, we look at using video in your projects. We see that you can add video as an object on the canvas or as a background to the canvas. You can also use the ‘sketch to video’ option that draws the first frame of a video before playing the video.
Tutorial 13: Sketch to Video
In this tutorial, we see a neat little trick that allows you to sketch out the first frame of a video before the video starts playing.
Tutorial 14: Video Backgrounds
In this tutorial, we learn how to use a video as the canvas background. You can then overlay text and images onto the video for some very clever effects.
Tutorial 15: Multiple Scenes
In this tutorial, we learn how to create multiple ‘scenes’ in a project, just as you would have in a movie.
Tutorial 16: Sound
In this tutorial, we see how to add sound to your Easy Sketch Pro projects, whether in the form of an audio narrative or as background music.
Tutorial 17: Using Your Own Images
We have already seen how to use images from the built-in Easy Sketch Pro image library. In this tutorial, we look at how you can also use your own images in your projects.
Tutorial 18: Creating Your Own Galleries
Following on from the last tutorial where we saw how to use your own images, this tutorial shows you how to create your own galleries or categories inside the Easy Sketch Pro image library so your own images are immediately available for use in your projects.
Tutorial 19: Many Hands
In this short tutorial, we see how to change the default drawing hand. There is a growing library of hands you can choose from.
Tutorial 20: Producing Your Video
In this final tutorial in the series, we look at producing your final video once your project is complete. Videos are created in standard MP4 format.
We hope you have enjoyed this series of video tutorials and that they help you to get the most out of using Easy Sketch Pro!
Here is our Easy Sketch Pro review of the effects available inside the software.
You tell your story with Easy Sketch Pro by adding images and text, collectively known as ‘objects’, to the blank canvas.
Having added an object, you can specify the effect you want to use to add it to the canvas (the ‘entrance’) and, optionally, the effect you want to use to remove it from the canvas (the ‘exit’).
You specify the effects by selecting on the object, right-clicking on it to bring up the Easy Sketch Pro Object Menu and then clicking on ‘Properties’. This opens the window shown above.
This is where the ‘magic hand’ appears to draw the object and is the effect most commonly used in Easy Sketch Pro.
‘Do Nothing’ will make the finished object simply appear on the canvas without any sort of ‘effect’.
‘Draw’ will draw out the object in the same way as ‘Draw By Hand’ does but without the hand.
‘Drag In’ will move the finished object in from outside the canvas with no magic hand.
‘Drag In By Hand’ is the same as ‘Drag In’ but the magic hand will move the object onto the canvas.
‘Fade In’ makes the finished object gradually appear on the canvas.
This is so you can choose the direction from which the image will be dragged onto the canvas.
Below the Entrance arrows, there are three slider controls.
You can also set the intervals precisely by clicking on the duration in seconds to the right of the slider.
‘Delay before’ is the time Easy Sketch Pro will delay before starting to draw the object.
The second slider is ‘Drawing Time’. This is the time Easy Sketch Pro takes to introduce the object from start to finish, whether that be drawing it, dragging it in or fading it in.
The final slider is ‘Pause’. This is the time delay between Easy Sketch Pro completing the drawing of the object and starting the Exit effect for the object, if one has been set (see below).
The effect default is set to ‘Do Nothing’. This means that the object will simply stay where it is once it has been drawn.
However, we can change this to ‘Fade Out’ or ‘Drag Out’.
The first will make the image disappear once it is completed and the second will cause the object to be dragged off the canvas.
If you select ‘Drag Out’, the arrow buttons will become active so you can decide in which direction you want the object to leave the canvas.
The ‘Delay After’ is the time between when the object is completely drawn (or after it has been removed from the canvas if an Exit effect has been selected) and the start of the actions for the next object.
There is another slider here called ‘Translation’. This is the delay between when the object is completely drawn and when it is removed from the canvas.
That concludes our quick Easy Sketch Pro review of the effects available for adding and removing objects from the canvas.
Use these in combination and with a little imagination and you can create dynamic and engaging whiteboard animation videos.
Simple Animation Using Easy Sketch Pro
Watch this quick demonstration of how Easy Sketch Pro can be used to create simple whiteboard animation. With a little imagination and creative thought, you can add the ‘Wow’ factor to your whiteboard animation videos.
This video review walks you through a simple example of ‘animating’ a clock image to make it appear that the hands are moving. In simple terms, you create a series of slightly modified images and overlay them in the software. By selecting the ‘do nothing’ entry action, each new image appears over the previous one.
Image Library Tour
Easy Sketch Pro comes complete with its own in-built image library providing hundreds of images you can use in your whiteboard animation videos.
Watch this video for a quick tour of just some of the images you can already find in the library…
And here is another video tour…
Uniquely, Easy Sketch Pro is committed to adding new images to the library on a weekly basis in response to user requests.
The most popular requests will be handed over to the Easy Sketch Pro in-house design team to create vector images that are optimized for use with the software.
At the time of writing, images are provided across the following galleries…
- Letters & Numbers
- Marketing & Finance
- Social Media
- Speech Bubbles
It’s as simple as that.
So go ahead and get creative in your whiteboard animation using the Easy Sketch Pro image library.
And, if there is a gallery you would like to see included, get your request in.
The image library is being added to on a regular basis based on user feedback.
Who knows? The next addition could be yours.
Converting Images for Easy Sketch Pro
Easy Sketch Pro can import any images for display in your whiteboard animation videos.
However, if you want the software to ‘draw’ an imported image, success will depend on the format of the image and its complexity.
The preferred import format is SVG or vector because these images carry the necessary information for them to be ‘broken down’ and then reconstructed by the software.
Easy Sketch Pro will also handle many simple clip art images in JPG or PNG format.
However, more complicated images not in SVG format need to be converted to that format first, before importing to Easy Sketch Pro.
Fortunately, there is an easy way to do this using the free Inkscape graphics software…
Fly-In, Fly-Out Effect Using Easy Sketch Pro
I have had a lot of queries about how to create the ‘fly in and fly out’ effect.
Here is a new Easy Sketch Pro review video tutorial showing you how…
It is actually very straightforward to create this effect.
You place your object in the middle of the canvas. You then open the properties and set the entry action to ‘Drag In’. Choose the direction you want the object to come in from and the time you want it to take to reach the centre of the screen.
Then set the exit action to ‘Drag Out’ and choose the direction you want the object to leave the canvas and the time it should take. This will usually be the same direction and time you selected for the entry action.
Do remember to set an exit drawing time or it will default to zero and the object will simply disappear from the canvas.
The video also shows you how to use this effect to create a bouncing ball and have one object hit another object and bounce off.
With a little imagination, you can have a lot of fun using this effect in your whiteboard animation videos.
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