Animated Character Design with Illustrator
Illustration by John Hersey

Animated Character Design with Illustrator

with Angie Taylor

Video: Using multiple artboards

Okay, we're going to talk about art boards and I have art boards start.ai open. And you can find that in the setting up work area folder. Art boards are a great feature Illustrator CS Five and indeed in Illustrator CS Four. Now art boards are a great feature. They allow you to create multiple pages within one document, or multiple spaces for your designs within one document. And there are ways of using these as individual frames for storyboards or for a stop frame animation.

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Watch the Online Video Course Animated Character Design with Illustrator
2h 33m Intermediate Jan 14, 2011

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This workshop from author and animator Angie Taylor teaches how to use Illustrator's tools and features to prepare 2D files for animation in Adobe After Effects. Discover how to make the most of Illustrator's drawing tools and Autotrace feature, and to how use Live Paint and Kuler to recolor artwork. Plus, get a ton of tips and tricks for giving artwork a hand-drawn look and find out how to set up layers, aspect ratios, and transparency options for importing into After Effects. The lessons are focused and solution-oriented, and all the project files are included.

Topics include:
  • Setting up the work area
  • Bringing artwork into Illustrator
  • Tracing artwork manually
  • Creating complex shapes
  • Working with paths
  • Using Live Trace
  • Coloring artwork
  • Applying 3D effects
  • Exporting artboards
  • Options for saving files
Subjects:
3D + Animation Design video2brain
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Angie Taylor

Using multiple artboards

Okay, we're going to talk about art boards and I have art boards start.ai open. And you can find that in the setting up work area folder. Art boards are a great feature Illustrator CS Five and indeed in Illustrator CS Four. Now art boards are a great feature. They allow you to create multiple pages within one document, or multiple spaces for your designs within one document. And there are ways of using these as individual frames for storyboards or for a stop frame animation.

Now with art board tool selected, which is this one here, and you can see there if I hold the cursor over the tool, you can see the keyboard shortcut is shift o for that. Now, with that selected, I can actually duplicate these and start to create frames for an animation, and I do that using the modifier key, the alt key. So if I toggle to the alt key, you'll see that that creates my little duplicate, and I can click and drag a copy of that art board down. And you'll see that it brings the video and the action safe and title safe zones with it, as well as all the other elements.

And I can start to very quickly build up document with multiple frames like I said that I can use then for study boarding or for an animated sequence. You can also use it to create a multiple page PDF which is useful if you want to show your storyboards to clients for example. This is artboardstart.ai and there is also an art boards end document fee that you can open up from the setting up work area folder. And if I open that I already have it open here you can see my end product where I've actually taken frames of animation and placed within the different art boards and of course that can then be out put for flash or After Effects for an animation

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