Creating Animated Characters in After Effects
Learn to create and animate highly controllable characters using After Effects. In this course, author George Maestri covers every step on the way, from designing the characters in Photoshop or Illustrator, or drawing them straight from After Effects; assembling characters with hierarchies; making realistic deformations with the Puppet tool; automating rigs with expressions; creating realistic head turns; and showing advanced techniques such as using null objects as bones. Finally, the course shows how to perform a basic animation with the character and ensure the rig works correctly.
- Importing Illustrator or Photoshop files into After Effects
- Animating shapes
- Organizing scenes with null layers
- Working with the Puppet tool
- Creating replacement animation using time remapping
- Automating head turns
- Creating a master control node with Expression Controls effects
- Setting up a scene for animation
- Animating dialogue
Hi, I am George Maestri, and welcome to Creating Animated Characters in After Effects. In this course, we are going to show you how to build and rig characters for professional animation. So we are going to first start off with how to design characters; how to build them in Photoshop, Illustrator, as well as how to draw characters and character parts in After Effects. After that we are going to start tying the characters together using hierarchies. Then we are going to get into After Effects Puppet tool, which allows you to deform a character realistically.
We are going to get into things like replacement animation for lip sync and blinks, and then we are going to get pretty deep into head turns. After that we are going to automate our rigs with expressions. We are going to learn how to move mouths with the head turn. We are also going to do same thing for blinks. We are also going to do this null objects combined with expressions to create a bone system that works with the Puppet tool, and finally we are going to do a little bit of animation just to make sure that our deluxe rig works.
So I hope you enjoy this course, and let's get started with Creating Animated Characters in After Effects.
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