Create hand drawn character animations using Photoshop
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Create hand drawn character animations using Photoshop

Turn hand drawn sketches, characters, typography, and videos into looping animations.
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Created by Pablo Stanley
Last updated 4/2016
English
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  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
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
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Requirements
  • Basic Photoshop skills
  • Basic hand drawing, but not obligatory
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.

Who 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
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction to the basic animation in Photoshop course
1 Lecture 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?

Preview 01:17
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Creating a jumping cupcake in Photoshop
5 Lectures 01:04:02

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. Ready to create a jumping cupcake?

Preview 00:47

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.

Preview 20:06

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.

Adding color to an animated cupcake on Photoshop
23:47

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

Exporting your cupcake animation as a GIF image or MP4 video
06:06

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.

BONUS: Make the cupcake jump in and out of scene
13:16

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

The cupcake quiz!
3 questions
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Cat animation using video timeline and vector shapes
4 Lectures 47:43


Animate your cat using the video timeline and smart objects
13:49

Export your cat animation as an animated GIF
04:01
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Turning a video into a realistic animation
3 Lectures 25:28

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?

Preview 01:02

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.

Creating a realistic animation tracing on top of a video
18:36

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

Export your realistic animation as a GIF image or MP4 video
05:50

Let's test that big brain of yours!

Super Quick Quiz
1 question
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Turning pencil drawn sketches into a digital animation using Photoshop
4 Lectures 44:20

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?

Preview 01:16

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.

Let's draw our robot on paper
07:11

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.

Putting together your hand drawn robot on Photoshop and making it dance
32:25

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

Exporting your dancing robot animation as a GIF image or MP4 video
03:28
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Giving life to typography by adding animation
3 Lectures 26:44

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?

Introduction to the typography animation section
01:08

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.

Create a typography animation using Photoshop
19:54

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

Exporting our animated typography as a GIF image or MP4 video
05:42
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The 12 basic principles of animation by Disney
2 Lectures 00:35

Let's learn the 12 basic principles of animation!

Introduction to the 12 basic principles
00:35

(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.

The Illusion of Life (by cento lodigiani)
IFrame
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Extra Content!
3 Lectures 01:42:42
Avatar Illustration using Adobe Illustrator
36:11

Illustration of Frida Kahlo using Adobe Illustrator
45:28

Cute Illustration using Sketch 3
21:03
About the Instructor
Pablo Stanley
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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”.