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2D Character Animation with After Effects

Course Summary

Discover how to import layered files and paths from Illustrator into After Effects, animate flat vector artwork in both 2D and 3D space, and output your animations.   

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    Course Syllabus

    1. Best Practices for Importing Source Files
    Importing options
    Browsing files in Bridge
    Dragging and dropping from the Finder or Explorer
    2. Sorting and Interpreting Footage
    Sorting files
    Interpreting footage options for transparency and gradients
    3. Traditional Layer-Style Animation
    Setting up anchor points
    Keyframing transform properties
    Keyframe types
    Fine-tuning animation with the Graph Editor
    4. Creating a Grouping Structure for Body Parts
    Precomposing to create groups
    Using parenting to create hierarchical animation
    5. Animating with the Puppet Tool
    Recording animation with the Puppet tool
    Animating the Overlap tool
    Using the Starch tool to control deformations
    6. Creating Stop-Frame-Style Animation
    Animating paint strokes with the paintbrush
    Sequencing hand-drawn layers
    7. Expressions and Scripting
    Linking properties
    Using the linear and ease expressions
    Applying loop expressions
    Using audio to control animation
    Setting up control layers
    Scripts that aid in inverse kinematics
    8. Animating Using Time Remapping
    Keyframing facial expressions
    Automatically lip-syncing to audio
    9. Output Options
    Exporting files for Flash
    Making movies via the render queue

Course Fee:
USD 19.99

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3 - 4 hours / week

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

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