After Effects: Master 2D Character Animation - Puppet & Rig

Adobe After Effects Tutorial - Master the two most important techniques for 2D animations in Adobe After Effects.
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  • Length 1.5 hours
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Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

This a Unique course to learn 2D Character (Cartoon or Photographic) animation methods and techniques. It’s all about Puppeteering a character and/or rigging graphics.

Learn and Master the concepts and tools that you will need to build full 2D Character animations in After Effects CC.

Learning 2D Character animation in After Effects with the two most important techniques is an asset for everyone who wants to work in After Effects.

Master the Puppeteering tool and couple it with the rigging method to create exciting animation:

  • Understand the concept of Puppeteering in After Effects
  • Master the Pin tool and create Pins in strategic points
  • Discover how to use the Puppet Overlap Tool and create levels for your flat characters
  • Explore of Puppet Starch tool and stiffen areas of you character

Acquiring the 2D Character Animation Skills is Essential and Important when you want to work in After Effects.

You will cover the Puppeteering methods and techniques in After Effects and Master the three essential tools and all parameters that will make a character animate smoothly.

You will also learn how to use pro-plugin to rig your puppet to create forward kinetics that will allow you more control.

You will cover how shape layers are rigged and learn how to animate a rigged complex shape. You will then be able to animate any complex shape.

With these fundamental techniques animating a Character be it cartoon or photographic will be easy and animations are created fast.

Among Others you will cover:

The Puppet Tool including the Puppet Pin and Mesh, How to Record an Animation with Motion Sketching for Puppet Pins and Motion Sketching for layers. You will also cover how to smoothen your animation and how to apply the wiggler effect to a Puppet Pin.

You will cover Keyframing Pins and create simple and complex animations.

In every Character there will be need to stiffen certain areas and overlap others, you will cover these two aspects very thoroughly.

Rigging is a method of linking layer in Forward Kinetics and animating from base to extremity: this subject will be covered in full.

Going more pro and using an important plugin to rig Puppet pins is covered as the last resource required to become a pro in 2D Character animation.

Join this Course and I wish you happy Puppet Show!!

What are the requirements?

  • Some working knowledge in After Effects is necessary, mainly simple transformations and parenting concepts

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create 2D Character Animation using the two most important methods
  • Master the Puppet Pin Tool and all auxiliary tools
  • Identify strategic placement of Pins
  • Understand Alpha Channels and Mesh applications
  • Create awesome animations using the two Sketching tools
  • Set pixel priorities In Front within the alpha channel
  • Explore the stiffness parameters and its effects on mesh deformation
  • Understanding the concepts of rigging, Forward and Inverse Kinetics
  • Rig Complex shapes
  • Animate using the rigging concept
  • Learn how to use Pro-Plugin to Rig Puppet Pins

What is the target audience?

  • This course is a starter course for my 3D animation course: By taking this course you will better conceive 3D animation.
  • Students who want to learn 2D Character animation in After Effects using simple techniques
  • Students who want to understand, use and master the Puppeteering and Rigging Concepts
  • Students aspiring to become pro-animators and practice with 2D animation concepts
  • Do not take this course if you have no idea what is Adobe After Effects

What you get with this course?

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Course Overview
02:45

This lecture will cover:

  • The Mind Map of the course
  • The Content you will cover


Adobe After Effects CC Tutorial - 2D Animation - Puppeteering and Rigging Course

Section 2: Mastering the Puppet tool
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In this Lecture You will be able to Download the Exercise files needed to follow along in the next lectures.

All Images use are courtesy of Pixabay web site and are free for use to use.


Adobe After Effects CC Tutorial - 2D Animation - Puppeteering and Rigging Course

04:16

In this lecture you will cover:

  • How the alpha channel must be to animate
  • Overview of the Puppet Tool
  • Putting the Mesh on Show
  • Creating Pins and Mesh
  • The Puppet Effect in the timeline


Adobe After Effects CC Tutorial - 2D Animation - Puppeteering and Rigging Course

03:03

In this lecture you will cover:

  • How the Mesh is set
  • The Mesh Coverage
  • The Effect of the number of triangles
  • The Effect of the Mesh Expansion
  • Mesh Expansion Recommendations
  • How the Mesh Covers the Alpha Channel


Adobe After Effects CC Tutorial - 2D Animation - Puppeteering and Rigging Course

05:37

In this lecture you will cover:

  • Shortcut Keys to the Puppet Effects
  • Renaming Pins – Essential
  • Animating a Pin in Bezier
  • Manipulating the Motion Path
  • How Anchors are created


Adobe After Effects CC Tutorial - 2D Animation - Puppeteering and Rigging Course

06:54

In this lecture you will cover:

  • Setting the Comp for better Speed
  • How to set the Record Options
  • Creating Animation using the Sketching Method
  • Using the Motion Sketch on Layers stacking animation
  • The Smoothing Method and Reducing the number of Key-frames
  • The Dancing Alien Animation


Adobe After Effects CC Tutorial - 2D Animation - Puppeteering and Rigging Course

09:56

In this lecture you will cover:

  • Opening the Exercise Project File
  • Checking out the Alpha Channels
  • Creating the primary animation with Pin Animation
  • Using the loopOut() for continuous animation
  • Creating secondary animation with the Layers Motion Sketching
  • Adding a Wiggler to the Motion Sketcher Key-Frames
  • Adjusting the Motion Path
  • Entry and Exit using Scale


Adobe After Effects CC Tutorial - 2D Animation - Puppeteering and Rigging Course

09:41

In this lecture you will cover:

  • How to discover overlap problems
  • How After Effects Estimate Pixel Overlap
  • The Overlap Pins as a separate set of Pins
  • How Overlap works only on the mesh
  • How to Build the Overlap Areas Using “In Front” and Extend
  • Extending and Moving the Overlap Areas
  • Creating Animation after setting the Overlap


Adobe After Effects CC Tutorial - 2D Animation - Puppeteering and Rigging Course

06:26

In this lecture you will cover:

  • Exploring Stretch Deformation
  • Creating Pins and discovering problematic deformation
  • Choosing and using the Starch Tool
  • Adjusting the Stiffness Amount
  • Using Extend to Extend the Starched Areas


Adobe After Effects CC Tutorial - 2D Animation - Puppeteering and Rigging Course

Section 3: Rigging - Another way to Puppeteering
Article

In this Lecture You will be able to Download the Exercise files needed to follow along in the next lectures.

All Images use are courtesy of Pixabay web site and are free for use to use.


Adobe After Effects CC Tutorial - 2D Animation - Puppeteering and Rigging Course

03:06

In this lecture you will cover:

  • Definition of Forward Rigging
  • Defining the difference between Forward and Inverse Kinetics
  • Exploring the Animation to be created in the next Lecture
  • Understanding the Rigging Process
  • How to Set the Anchor Points
  • Using the Base as the anchor of the Rig


Adobe After Effects CC Tutorial - 2D Animation - Puppeteering and Rigging Course

04:24

In this lecture you will cover:

  • The Concept of Rigging within Forward Kinetics
  • Using Parenting to Set the Rig
  • Exploring the movement after the Rig
  • How the Connected (rigged) layer will animate


Adobe After Effects CC Tutorial - 2D Animation - Puppeteering and Rigging Course

09:24

In this lecture you will cover:

  • Setting Key-frames to animate
  • Understanding how Forward Kinetics through Rigs works
  • Splitting Layers to prevent Parent-Child continuous animations
  • Setting Parent Method to attach other layers


Adobe After Effects CC Tutorial - 2D Animation - Puppeteering and Rigging Course

Section 4: Rigging Puppet Pins
05:44

In this lecture you will cover:

  • The Limitation of Pin Rigging in After Effects
  • Setting up Pins for plug-in rigging
  • Renaming the Pins in preparation to applying the Plug in Effect
  • Introducing the DUIK plugin
  • Creating Bones
  • Use the “Auto Rig” for the Right Arm
  • Exploring the Forward and Inverse Kinetics set by the DUIK Plugin
  • Setting the Stretching on/off and its effect
  • Using Clockwise Rigging
  • Where to find and download the DUIK plugin


Adobe After Effects CC Tutorial - 2D Animation - Puppeteering and Rigging Course

Section 5: Summaries and Offers
02:40

A step by Step review of all the what you have learned


Adobe After Effects CC Tutorial - 2D Animation - Puppeteering and Rigging Course

Section 6: Bonus - My Other Courses
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Instructor Biography

Louay Zambarakji, After Effects, Motion Graphics & Visual Effects

The Highest Rated After Effects Complete Tutorial on Udemy.

Animation, Motion Graphics and Visual Effects is what I love creating and teaching, Offline and Online.

After Effects is what I love working with, every day, (except Sundays, my wife and kids won’t let me).

I learned these the very hard way, very long time ago (since 1983) and I am still on it. It’s amazing when you discover that I used to use assembly language to animate sprites (think of PacMan), Green and B/W screens. Today I am animating Videos, 3D in a click.

The Path to Mastery starts now. Being in the advertising industry has taught me that precision and a significant attention to details is very important, and makes the difference between a fake and life like animation.

What You Will Learn from me:

After Effects: The whole lot. In my course After Effects 2016 packed with all Techniques and Methods (No Tricks and gimmicks).

You can also dig deeper in the Mastery series, such as in 3D Mastery and 2D Character Animation courses.

In some of my courses, you can also learn more commercial aspect of After Effects such slides, transitions and lower third templates. Very useful if you want to focus on what you want to achieve.  

Focus and Mastery are important elements for true skills creation.  

If you want to Really Learn About After Effects, then I will be more than happy to offer you all my skills, experience, and expertise.

I guess 22,000 Students in the last 6 months is a good sign that my courses will be of benefit to you.

I am also very passionate about training people in Life Skills, NLP and Management. I do these training for free for people who really need it to build a future or disengage from hurtful past.

Louay

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