Learn 2D Animation w/ Toon Boom & Create Your Own Cartoons!
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Learn 2D Animation w/ Toon Boom & Create Your Own Cartoons!

Discover how 2D animations are made, how simply you can create your own, and share your animation with the world!
4.8 (50 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,291 students enrolled
Created by Tony Ross
Last updated 10/2014
Current price: $10 Original price: $95 Discount: 89% off
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  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • You will learn, how to use the professional 2D animation software Toon Boom Animate 3
  • You'll learn how to work with digital puppets to create your own character animation.
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  • You will at least need the DEMO version of Toon Boom Animate 3, and be somewhat familiar with graphics programs like Photoshop

Have you ever had an idea, a story, or even a character that you wanted to see animated? Maybe you’ve even gotten as far as writing a story, or drawn out the characters. Well, now what do you do? Welcome to Learn Toon Boom Animate & How to Create Your Own Cartoons! In this course, I’ll show you the essentials for creating your own animation, using the professional software, Toon Boom Animate 3.

In this course, you'll learn to:

  • Create, and animate your own 2D digital puppet!
  • Animate your character, and even give them a simple walk cycle
  • Make your scenes look complex, by using simple camera moves.
  • Make your characters talk, using Toon Boom's automatic lipsync
  • Add Photoshop, and Illustrator files to your animations
  • and much, much more!

  • Toon Boom is an industry leader in creating 2D animation software, and has been used for animating The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, Sponge Bob Square Pants, and even Disney’s The Frog Princess.

    In 2D animation, there are basically 2 types of animation, full animation, also referred to as hand-drawn, or “Disney” animation, wherein each frame of animation is drawn… think classic Bugs Bunny cartoons. The second type of 2D animation is called limited animation, also referred to as cut-out, or Flash animation… most prime-time animation, The Simpsons, etc. use cut-out animation. The major focus of this course is cut-out animation, where we will create, rig, and animate a 2D digital puppet… our main character, Bob.

    For the traditional animator, Toon Boom software has the feeling of 2D animation software, built for animators. Throughout the course, I’ll be showing you the different tools and windows, all of which are based on traditional animation terms like pegs, fields, color cards, onionskin, light tables, and more.

    For the more seasoned digital animator, if you’re familiar with working with programs like Flash, throughout the course I’ll be demonstrating how Toon Boom Animate differs and what makes it a powerful program. Just one example, Animate has a camera that works in 3D space. Imagine setting up a multiplane scene in just minutes, without you having to install any additional plugins or software!

    The best part of this course? Even if you don’t own Toon Boom Animate, you can download a FREE fully functioning demo. Toon Boom creates PLEs (Personal Learning Editions) for virtually all of their software.

    So, if you’re ready to learn how to animate, purchase this course and let’s get started!

    Who is the target audience?
    • This class is for you, if you are a traditional animator, looking to make the leap into digital animation
    • Or if you're a digital animator, looking to learn a new & powerful animation pipeline
    • If you are already working in a production environment, using Toon Boom Animate, or Harmony, this class may be too basic for you.
    Curriculum For This Course
    65 Lectures
    Setting up preferences
    4 Lectures 10:51
    Shortcut keys

    Focus on enter

    Full scene Anti-Aliasing

    Customizing the workspace
    Drawing in Animate
    9 Lectures 40:20

    I use the Wacom Intous 5 (medium size). This is currently called Intous Pro Medium. Here is the Wacom website link www.wacom.com/

    Preview 03:32

    Colour swatches

    Smoothing tools

    Paint bucket tools

    Drawing mode overview

    Select & Cutter tools

    Contour Editor
    Animating in Toon Boom Animate
    5 Lectures 21:32
    Using the Animate mode

    Setting up Pivot Points

    Using the Transform Tool

    Motion vs Stop-Motion Keyframes
    Rigging the Head
    5 Lectures 29:39
    Rough Sketching

    Inking the head layers

    Setting pivot points for the head layers

    Parenting the head layers
    Rigging the Body
    6 Lectures 35:46
    Rough sketching the body

    Inking the body layers

    Rigging the arms

    Rigging the legs

    Parenting the body layers

    Saving your character as a template
    Creating a Walk Cycle
    3 Lectures 25:13
    Animating the legs

    Animating the arms

    Creating a walk cycle, and adding it to a peg
    Importing Images
    4 Lectures 14:13
    Tracing Images

    Importing Illustrator or SWFs

    Importing Photoshop

    Importing movie files
    4 More Sections
    About the Instructor
    Tony Ross
    4.7 Average rating
    116 Reviews
    3,265 Students
    7 Courses
    Video Trainer, Instructor, and Author: Learning Made Simple!

    Hey, would you love to have your own funny, creative, animated ad -- or even an animated video that goes viral -- but you don't want to go in debt to pay for one?

    Maybe you aren't even there, yet. Maybe you don't need an animated ad yet because you still don't have a product to sell. You have a great idea for an ebook, or a video course, but you don't know how to get the idea out of your head and into a digital format you can sell.

    Well, you've come to the right place!

    At tonyteach, we specialize in teaching complex software and subjects using very practical projects in simple steps.

    With our courses, you need to know 2 things:

    1. There's this software that does some really cool stuff!

    2. We're teaching you how to use it!

    Some of our courses you could even take in just an hour, or over a lunch break!

    Imagine learning how to record the perfect voice over, or how to create an interactive eBook and publish it in just one sitting!

    We have plenty to show you, and ALL of our courses are backed by a 30 day money back guarantee.

    So come on and sign up for a course or two.  We'll show you that it's much easier than it looks!

    A little about me…

    Hi, my name is Tony Ross, owner and creator of TonyTeach[dot]com and Big Block Books. I am an animator and software trainer, and I also like to dabble in music, and creative writing.

    My specialty in software training, is taking complex applications, and breaking them down into simple steps that even a beginner, or novice can follow. With over 2 decades of experience, my tutorials have been featured on Creative Cow, Adobe, Toon Boom, GoMediazine, Infinite Skills, O’Reilly, and I am also a Lynda[dot]com author.

    In teaching, and in life, I try and follow this mantra…

    Keep it simple, make it perfect; If you don't have the time to make it perfect, rethink the idea. - Tony Ross