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

Adobe After Effects CC - Master the two most important techniques for 2D animations in Adobe After Effects.
4.4 (235 ratings)
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23,717 students enrolled
Created by Louay Zambarakji
Last updated 5/2018
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 3 articles
  • 4 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Create 2D Character Animation using the two most important methods
  • Master the Puppet Pin Tool and all its 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
Requirements
  • Some working knowledge in After Effects is necessary, mainly simple transformations and parenting concepts
Description

From the Author of the Bestselling  and Highest Rated Complete After Effects CC Course.

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!!

Louay

Cheers

Who this course is for:
  • This course is a starter course for my 3D animation course: By taking this course you will better understand 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
Course content
Expand all 16 lectures 01:14:13
+ Mastering the Puppet tools
8 lectures 45:46

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

Download the Exercise files
00:15

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

Preview 04:15

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

Preview 03:03

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

Keyframing a Puppet Animation
05:32

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

Using Motion Sketching to Create Animation
06:52

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

Practical Scene Animation with Sketching
09:53

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

The Puppet Overlap Tool
09:34

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

Starching Body Parts
06:22
+ Rigging - Another way to Puppeteering
4 lectures 17:09

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

Download your Project Files for this Section
00:15

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

Forward Kinetics and Rigging
03:06

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

Setting and Rigging
04:24

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

Animating the Rig - Amzing Results
09:24
+ Rigging Puppet Pins
1 lecture 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

The Secret Tip for Rigging Puppet Pins
05:44
+ Summaries and Offers
1 lecture 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

A summary of what you've learned
02:40
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1 lecture 00:05
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