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Creating Animated Characters in After Effects

Course Summary

  Create and animate highly controllable characters using After Effects.   

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    Course Syllabus

    Using the exercise files
    1. Designing Characters
    Creating characters in Illustrator
    Creating characters in Photoshop
    Designing joints
    Drawing mouths
    Drawing hands and eyelids
    Importing Illustrator files into After Effects
    Importing Photoshop files into After Effects
    2. Drawing Characters in After Effects
    Drawing in After Effects
    Copying paths from Illustrator
    Animating shapes
    3. Assembling Characters Using Hierarchies
    Understanding how layer hierarchies work
    Understanding the importance of the pivot point
    Assembling the upper body
    Creating leg hierarchies for efficient walks
    Organizing scenes with null layers
    4. Working with the Puppet Tool
    Adding puppet pins to a character
    Controlling mesh density
    Creating overlap pins
    Creating starch pins
    Using the Puppet tool with hierarchies
    5. Replacement Animation
    Replacement animation using time remapping
    Mouth replacement
    Creating blinks
    6. Automating Head Turns
    Creating a head turn: Head shape
    Creating a head turn: Ears
    Creating a head turn: Facial features
    Creating a head turn: Hair shape
    7. Automating Character Rigs with Expressions
    The basics of expressions: Controlling the wrist
    Moving hands from front to back with expressions
    Using expressions to control pupils
    Creating a master control node with Expression Controls
    Creating blinks that move with a head turn
    Controlling blinks using opacity
    Attaching mouth shapes to a slider
    Creating mouths that move with a head turn
    Working with absolute values
    8. Advanced Puppet Tool Rigging
    Setting up null objects as bones
    Attaching puppet pins to bones
    Strategies for parenting legs and feet
    9. Animating a Scene
    Setting up a scene for animation
    Blocking out the shot
    Animating dialogue
    Animating blinks


Course Fee:
USD 25

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4 - 5 hours / week

This course is listed under Open Source and Digital Media & Games Community

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