Basic Character Animation Tutorial: After Effects

BASIC CHARACTER ANIMATION:
Tutorial By: Andrea Freeman

As a person that LOVES to draw cartoon characters, there is no greater joy (in my opinion) than making a drawing into an actual moving animation. For those of you with a basic understanding of AfterEffects, here is a hopefully simple tutorial on how to animate your character! Enjoy!
STEP 1: CREATE CHARACTER
Learn how at:
http://www.lynda.com/3D-Animation-Animation-tutorials/Creating-jointswork/
734/58886-4.html

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STEP 2: IMPORT YOUR CHARACTER in AfterEffects:
File > import > file > character file (Characterpenelope.psd) > import as composition

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composition > editable layer styles > ok

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STEP 3: RIG YOUR CHARACTER
1.) Double click on your Character Composition

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2.) Begin to link (Rig) your character parts using the parent tool:

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(Completed Character Rig)

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3.) After rigging entire character, select the ‘Pan Behind Anchor Tool’ (shortcut Y)

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4.) After selecting the ‘Pan Behind Anchor Tool’, move the “bulls eye” to the center of
each joint.
Do this for EACH BODY PART.
Note: This tell the program where to rotate each body part from

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5.) Now use the rotation tool to move your character around.

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6.) Set stopwatches and animate!
VIDEO TUTORIAL
http://www.lynda.com/3D-Animation-Animation-tutorials/Rigging-hierarchies-After-
Effects/734/58890-4.html

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