Puppet Pin Rigging in After Effects

Animate 2D cartoon characters in After Effects!
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Rating: 4.9 out of 5 (266 ratings)
13,960 students
1hr 19min of on-demand video
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Rig and animate 2D characters using the base Puppet Pin Tool


  • Basic understanding of the tools and timeline in After Effects


In this course I will take you through the process of rigging and animating a character using the Puppet Pin Tool in After Effects. Throughout the course we will be importing a PSD file, grouping layers, applying pins, and creating a simple animation. More specifically, main topics for this course include:

  • Overviewing character setup and design

  • Importing multi-Layer assets in After Effects

  • Assembling main body parts into compositions

  • Adjusting Expansion and Density for puppet meshes

  • Creating multiple meshes

  • Creating animation with the pins

  • Polishing animation

  • Exporting animation

Who this course is for:

  • Students interested in animating
  • Students who want to learn character animation
  • Animators looking to add new tricks to their workflow


Freelance animator and screencaster
Chad Troftgruben
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 2,414 Reviews
  • 27,803 Students
  • 19 Courses

I have spent several years learning different kinds of software while freelancing personal and commercial projects. Along the way I have collected a bunch of useful knowledge that can be translated into engaging video tutorials. So while I continue to create zany animated adventures, I want to share with you what I have learned. 

I have worked for several companies over the years creating eLearning content. Some of these include: Smith Micro, Virtual Training Company, Packt Publishing, Train Simple and Pluralsight. 

My animation is freelance based and isn't as well known as my eLearning content. I have a few animation projects I currently have my hands in. In addition, I work for others who need animation assistance.

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