Create hand drawn character animations using Photoshop

Turn hand drawn sketches, characters, typography, and videos into looping animations.
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  • Lectures 25
  • Length 5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

Update - Apr/8/2016: Added an extra section to learn to create illustration in Illustrator and Sketch 3. Each lecture can be watched individually to learn different skills (no need to watch them in order).

Update - Oct/10/2015: Added a section that teaches you how to use vector shapes, smart objects and the video timeline. You'll end up with a smooth playing cat animation.

Update - Aug/2/2015: Added a lecture to reuse the assets of the cupcake animation to create a new one.

On this course you'll learn to turn hand drawn sketches into animations using Photoshop. You'll learn to add some dance moves to a pencil drawing of a robot. We'll create a happy jumping cupcake that never gets tired. We'll add some vibrancy to typography. We'll create a smooth cat animation using video timeline, vector shapes, and smart objects. And we'll create a realistic animation by tracing on top of a video.

This course will teach you basic animation principles and how to apply them using simple Photoshop tools.

The course is separated in independent sections. You can start the section that most interests you without worrying about having to take the other ones to understand the context. Each section has its own downloadable materials that you can use.

Take this course if you're curious about animation and want to have some fun creating silly GIF doodles. This is not a professional animation course! It's just to learn a cool skill.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic Photoshop skills
  • Basic hand drawing, but not obligatory

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create simple frame animations using Photoshop
  • Give life to pencil drawn sketches digitally.
  • Add color, lights, and shadows to illustrations
  • Turn a video into a realistic animation
  • Add movement to a typography illustration

What is the target audience?

  • People who want to have fun creating silly doodles
  • This course is for animation beginners
  • This course won't teach you 3D animation

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.

Curriculum

01:17

Quick introduction about what you'll learn on this course. You'll learn to create animations with pencil sketches, typographic movement, animated cartoons, and a realistic animation tracing on top of a video. You'll need Photoshop CS6 or above, a drawing tablet would be helpful but not obligatory, a section requires paper, pencil, and a camera, and a section invites you to take your own video to draw on top of. Ready to start making great animations?

Section 1: Creating a jumping cupcake in Photoshop
00:47

Quick introduction about what you'll learn on this section. You'll need Photoshop CS6 or above. A drawing tablet would be helpful but not obligatory. Ready to create a jumping cupcake?

20:06

We're going to create an animation from scratch on photoshop. We're gonna draw frame by frame a jumping cupcake. At the end of the lecture you'll have a black and white animation.

23:47

We're going to add color to our cupcake animation on photoshop. We're gonna paint frame by frame a jumping cupcake. At the end of the lecture you'll have a fully colored animation.

06:06

We'll quickly export our animated cupcake as a GIF image and an MP4 video

13:16

As a bonus, let's create a new animation with the same assets of the previous cupcake dance. On this animation we'll create a loop of the cupcake jumping in and out of scene.

3 questions

Let's see how good you've become with your pastries animations!

Section 2: Cat animation using video timeline and vector shapes
Cat animation introduction
Preview
01:26
Let's illustrate this cat with vector shapes
Preview
28:27
Animate your cat using the video timeline and smart objects
13:49
Export your cat animation as an animated GIF
04:01
Section 3: Turning a video into a realistic animation
01:02

Quick introduction about what you'll learn on this section. You'll need Photoshop CS6 or above. A drawing tablet would be helpful but not obligatory. I recommend to take your own video so you can draw on top of it, but you can also use the video added in the resources. Ready to create a realistic animation?

18:36

We're going to trace on top of a video using photoshop. We'll draw frame by frame a video to create a realistic animation. At the end of the lecture you'll have a great video ready to export.

05:50

We'll quickly export our realistic animation as a GIF image and an MP4 video

1 question

Let's test that big brain of yours!

Section 4: Turning pencil drawn sketches into a digital animation using Photoshop
01:16

Quick introduction about what you'll learn on this section. You'll need Photoshop CS6 or above. A drawing tablet would be helpful but not obligatory. You'll also need regular paper, a pencil, and tracing paper to make your drawings. Ready to create a dancing robot?

07:11

Let's start drawing our robot! We'll trace our sketch and then add the different elements that will conform the animation of the dancing android.

32:25

We're going to put together our robot assets in photoshop and give them life! We'll stitch every part until we create the illusion of movement. At the end of the lecture you'll learn to clean up an analog file and put it together digitally.

03:28

We'll quickly export our dancing robot as a GIF image and an MP4 video

Section 5: Giving life to typography by adding animation
01:08

Quick introduction about what you'll learn on this section. You'll need Photoshop CS6 or above. A drawing tablet would be helpful but not obligatory. Ready to create a typographic animation?

19:54

We're going to give life to a typography sketch on photoshop. We'll draw frame by frame a message saying "Life is beautiful". At the end of the lecture you'll have a colorful font animation.

05:42

We'll quickly export our animated cupcake as a GIF image and an MP4 video

Section 6: The 12 basic principles of animation by Disney
00:35

Let's learn the 12 basic principles of animation!

IFrame

(From the creators) The 12 basic principles of animation were developed by the 'old men' of Walt Disney Studios, amongst them Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, during the 1930s. Of course they weren't old men at the time, but young men who were at the forefront of exciting discoveries that were contributing to the development of a new art form. These principles came as a result of reflection about their practice and through Disney's desire to use animation to express character and personality.

Section 7: Extra Content!
Avatar Illustration using Adobe Illustrator
36:11
Illustration of Frida Kahlo using Adobe Illustrator
45:28
Cute Illustration using Sketch 3
21:03

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Instructor Biography

Pablo Stanley, Product Designer

Hello, I'm Pablo Stanley. I'm a San Francisco based product designer. I love solving design puzzles, making silly illustrations, composing geeky music, creating colorful animated gifs, munching veggie burgers, and writing punny comics.

Mentoring is one of my new found passions. I want to learn and teach as much as I can and Udemy is the best platform for it.

I also write a comic series called “The Design Team”.

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