How to Make a Professional 2D Animation for a Promo Video

Create an animation in After Effects with Cinema 4D and Illustrator in a real world project step by step from scratch.
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  • Lectures 30
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 7/2015 English

Course Description

In this course I will take you step by step along the process of creating an animated promo for a project in a real world scenario for a client from scratch. If you are interested in learn how to create a professional, good looking and fluid animation for a promotional video for a client request or maybe your own portfolio, or even if you are planing to increase your animation skills based on a real life project then this course is for you!

This course will be detailed and it will cover lots of techniques to create the final piece.

I won't hide you nothing from the real work behind the whole process, you will see and understand the entire process to follow along!

We will begin from scratch to teach you how:

  1. Analize the provided script to create transitions from it
  2. Transform the script into sketches
  3. Thinking in transitions for the animation
  4. Set a color palette and how to use it inside AE
  5. Create a Common media folder to organize assets (ninja tip)
  6. Vectorize Assets using illustrator (not an illustrator course, but an overview)
  7. Prepare your assets for animations
  8. Importing and organizing assets into After Effects
  9. Using cinema 4D to create cartoon sketch style
  10. Integrating Cinema 4D with AE using Cineware to mix 3D and 2D
  11. Animating in sync with the voice over and more!

What are the requirements?

  • A 30 day free trial for 3 Adobe Programs (After Effects, Illustrator, Audition).
  • Basic or intermediate experience with Adobe After Effects is recommended
  • Cinema 4D Visualize or Studio Version (Trial or Demo)
  • Duduf V1.42 or above for basic rigging (free script for AE)
  • Pt Shitf Layer Script (free)
  • Snap! Script (free)
  • Motion V2 for speed up animation workflow (cheap premium script for AE)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Approach and animate a professional promotional 2D animated video for a client according to a provided script and how to use Adobe After Effects along with vector assets and a 3D model to create the final motion graphics piece.
  • Apply best practices to deal with big animation projects using After Effects while being organized at the same time.
  • Organize vector assets for animations and basic rigging inside After Effects
  • Prepare a 3D model in Cinema 4D to use in your 2D animations.
  • How to maintain vector assets looking sharp when scaling them at any size inside after effects.
  • Create good looking animations using tips and scripts without having a deep knowledge of animating with the graph editor.
  • Understand the real work (tweaking keyframes and refining the animations) behind a complex motion graphics piece like this.

Who is the target audience?

  • This 3D and 2D mixed animation course is meant for intermediate and advanced users of After Effects looking for a complete path on how animate from scratch a professional project for a client in a real world case scenario using Cinema 4D as a tool for creating 2D sketch style based on a 3D model to speed up their creative process and improve their workflow.
  • This course is for anyone interested in 2D animation inside after effects looking for creating professional looking promo videos
  • Anyone interested in animating 3D models using Cinema 4D and import that animation into After Effects looking like a 2D sketch style animation.
  • Anyone interested in learn the whole process behind creating a complex motion graphics piece from start to finish.
  • Anyone interested in learning "pro tips" on organizing assets, workflows and creative ways to solve real problems while creating motion graphics.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction, Overview and Preparation
A summary about the course, what I will be covering, and about myself as your instructor.

The final video we will be creating along the course

What you will create (English Subtitled Video)

Here you can see the layout for the final project, the complete structure and a general insights of the final after effects file.


A brief overview on how to install DUIK and Motion V2 Script for After Effects.


If you want to be a pro with after you will need to go faster and more proficient. Scripts can help you with that, so let's install them!

Section 2: Module 1
The first contact with the script provided for the client, understanding what he wants and what it means. Here we discuss how to divide the script into sections to animate it later.
Transitions are always an important step in the animation process, but sometimes overlooked and they are critical to put the whole animation together and the secuencual ideas for the final product.

Resources on where to look for a color palette and how to create a color template to use it efficiently.

And the color palette for you to use later on inside After Effects.

Section 3: Module 2

A ninja tip on how to be organized and be more productive when you have to link many assets using dynamic linking with Adobe CC programs to work more efficiently without losing files when moving projects.


Even though this is not an illustrator course I wil provide you with the main principles on how to vectorize your assets in AI.


You always need to provide the animator with a well exported vector assets from Illustrato, this way the animator could avoid extra steps and headaches. Always optimize and prepare your vector files inside Adobe Illustrator before going to the animation phase.


Learn how to manage your 3D model to create a 2D sketch look in AE using Sketch and Toon


It's CRUCIAL to have the voice over recorded first before you start animating. Learn why...

A basic overview on how to use Adobe Audition to edit your voice over and background music. Even though this is not an Adobe Audition course I will give you the basic tools to clean your recorded or provided voice over in case you need it, and basically mix it with your background music to have a product to start animating in sync inside After Effects.

In this lesson you will learn how to properly import your files inside after effects to be animated inside after effects and a pretty neat trick on how to sort all your files inside your project tab with just a single click to avoid wasting time!

Section 4: Module 3

You will learn a cool and useful trick to reveal your objects to animate inside after effects using shape layers and mattes.


This lesson covers techniques on how to integrate a C4D file (previously prepared) into AE and create a tracked composition for the Ipad's screen content.


In this lesson you will learn how to animate your composition by shifting AI layers, changing scales, easing your animations and trimming paths by using shape layer animations.


In this lesson you will learn how to create and sliding effect for the cake plate using masks to reveal and animate positions for a whole composition, create a bouncing effect for the cake using Motion V2 Script and a really cool way to reveal the cake.


In this lesson you will learn how to use puppet pins to simulate a curtain being dragged by a hook from bottom to top while creating a transition and revealing the next scene.


In this lesson we will look for a realistic movement using DUIK while the animation continues fluidly.


Camera movements are crucial to keep the viewer's attention focused on what we want. In this lesson you will understand how to deal with complex camera movements, fixing problems tweaking keyframes and deal with custom views to refine null objects as camera controllers for your animations.You will see real problems for the camera movements and how to approach them to find the best way to fix them. I highly encourage you to try it for yourself to learn by doing.


This lesson covers how to animate the secondary parts of the workshop scene to make it look more complex and appealing while the camera moves along.


In this lesson you will learn how to create the text reveal from a moving car and how to prepare the scene for the next transition to show the google maps interface.


This lesson covers how to create a reveal effect for the Google maps based on warping the composition mesh and editing the scale and the position as well.


In this lesson you will learn how to change the rotation for the 3D Ipad inside Cinema 4D so it will be prepared for the final animation.


In this lesson I will be covering how to integrate the Ipad to create the last transition for the last scene while creating the illusion of being inside the ipad during the whole animation.


This lesson covers the final transition when the company logo is revealed and the company details are shown to the viewer. You will learn the process of working with two animated elements using "follow through" animations applying easing to give a fluid and smooth movement to the final animation.


In this lesson we will be reviewing the completed animation, take a look on how to integrate the sound fx inside AE and the goodbye. Congratulations if you've made until here. You now have an arsenal of techniques, tips and tricks under your belt to create better and professional animations when creating promo videos for clients or for yourself.

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Instructor Biography

Kenedy Torcatt, Animator, Editor and Director

I am director, editor and animator from Venezuela, South America. I have been working with After Effects since 2010 for motion graphic design with a background in Adobe Photohop for more than 8 years already.

I make explainer videos for businesses. I help clients engage, inspire and educate prospects, turning cold leads into warm customers.

I run my own company in Venezuela based on post production, animation, vfx and filmmaking called Desarrollo Audiovisual.

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