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Adobe Character Animator Course

Learn how to create amazingly realistic 2D character animations in realtime for social media, eLearning projects and/or creating professional cartoon animations.

Using just your computer's webcam and microphone you can record your voice and facial movements using advanced new facial tracking technology in Adobe Character Animator.

Create you own custom puppets using industry standard tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator, then send your animation to Adobe After Effects for advanced compositing and visual effects. You can even stream your performances live on many popular social media networks such as Facebook or T.V broadcast, (as seen on Homer Simpsons live on Saturday night live TV or Donald Trump live on the late show), note this technique requires additional software and as such, beyond the scope of the 1 day Character Animator course.

At the end of the course, students will have created and animated their own characters with a finished video file (and project files). It’s never been easier to bring your characters to life!

Prerequisite: Basic Photoshop or Illustrator Skills are preferable, but not a must. Prior experience with After Effects is also a bonus, but not necessary.

As an Adobe Authorised Training Centre – participants receive upon course completion a Certificate endorsed by Adobe.

  • Training Modules (Overview only)

    • The Character Animator Interface
    • Creating a New Character
    • Creating a Walk Cycle
    • Recording an Animation
    • Exporting your Animation
  • What You Get

    • Class Exercises Relevant to Industry
    • AATC Adobe Authorised Certificate
    • Choice of Mac or PC
    • After Course Support
    • Free Course Resit (9 months)*
    • Small Classes (average 4 to 6)

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$540 +GST
1 Day | 9am - 4:30pm

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Course Outline

Creating a New Project

  • The Character Animator Interface
  • Creating a New Project
  • Setting Up the Webcam and Microphone
  • Creating an New Scene

Creating a New Character

  • Customizing a Puppet Template in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator
  • Importing a Puppet
  • Rigging a Puppet with Warp Controls
  • Adding Face Tags
  • Adding Attach Points and Drag Handles
  • Adding Sticks
  • Adding Dangle Handles
  • Setting an Eye Delay Behaviour

Creating a Walk Cycle

  • Working with Different Layer Groups (Front and Profile Views)
  • Adding Body Tags
  • Triggering Layer Switching with Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Adding a Head Turn Behaviour
  • Adding a Walk Behaviour

Recording an Animation

  • Enabling and Disabling Recording Properties
  • Adjusting Recording Speed
  • Recording Facial Expressions with the Webcam and Microphone
  • Importing and Analysing a Pre-Recorded Voice Over
  • Editing and Blending Takes
  • Adjusting Timing
  • Adjusting Mouth Shape Timing with Visemes

Finishing the Animation

  • Exporting your Animation Directly to Adobe Media Encoder and as an Image Sequence
  • Dynamic Link the Project to Adobe After Effects
  • Adding a Background and Compositing FX in Adobe After Effects
  • Rendering the Final Animation from Adobe After Effects to Adobe Media Encoder