How to Use Adobe Character Animator for Free in 2022

How to Use Adobe Character Animator for Free in 2022

In this article, we will help you learn step-by-step how to use Adobe Character Animator for free through Adobe’s Newest Function – Starter Mode.

Adobe Character Animator gets more accessible than ever for everyone who wants to make fun animations for their projects. Although the tool is beginner-friendly and allows you to easily set up your puppet to lip-sync your voice and follow your facial expression and movement, it can sometimes get overwhelming for having to keep up with hundreds of layers. Fortunately, Adobe has the perfect answer for this.

In This Article:
1. Character Animator Starter Mode 
2. Free Puppets for Character Animator 
3. Other Free Character Animator Resources


1. Enter Starter Mode

Starter Mode is a new feature in Adobe Character Animator that lets you create simple character animations for free. All you have to do is pick a puppet, make a recording, drag in some triggers to add extra emotion, and voila! As a result, you have a video ready to export. For free!

Starter Mode launches in the Character animator beta application, which means you don’t need to have a paid Character Animator subscription.

All you need to start:

  • Adobe ID
  • Download and install Creative Cloud
  • Download and install Adobe Character Animator Beta


Step 1. Joining Adobe Character Animator Beta

You will find Adobe Character Animator Beta in the sidebar menu in your Creative Cloud.

Starter Mode How to Use Adobe Character Animator for Free Beta


Once you click on the beta apps, Creative cloud will show you all Adobe apps with Beta versions that you can join. Click the Install or Update button next to Character Animator Beta to download it. This version will install separately from the current shipping version of Character Animator (22.2). You will recognize it by its blueprint-themed icon.

Starter Mode How to Use Adobe Character Animator for Free Inatalling Beta


Step 2: Getting Started with Starter Mode

Congratulations! Now you’re ready to launch your Character Animator in Starter Mode.

Starter Mode (Adobe Character Animator)

The home screen welcomes you with a few free puppets to start with. All puppets are a slightly different variation from the ones in Pro Mode. However, they’re fine-tuned to work easier and faster.

You will notice the simplified interface where most of the text and panels from Pro Mode are missing. All you have is your camera in the right corner, your character in the center ready to follow your lead.


Foxy in Starter Mode

This mode gives you two easy options for recording right below your character screen:

  • Start recording: click and record your performance.
  • Import dialogue audio: import an audio recording of yourself or someone else you wish to use in the video.

You will also notice a few icons in the right corner below the character screen. These give you a few additional options.


Starter Mode Additional Options

  • Aspect ratio: Your default aspect ratio is set as Landscape. However, you can change it to Square, Portrait, or 5×4, depending on what platform your video is for.
  • Background: This option gives you a list of backgrounds to choose from. You can select a pre-made cartoon background or a solid color.
  • Settings: You can use it to set up a webcam (if you have multiple ones), mirror camera input, and audio settings.


Step 3: Recording Your First Video

Okay Samurai makes a demonstration of how easily you can work in Starter Mode. Check out the full walkthrough:


2. Getting Puppets for Starter Mode

Now, you’ve got as far as installing the free modes, you will need some puppets to animate, right? You can get both free and premium animated puppets from GraphicMama.

Alex The Businessman Free Puppet

Alex the Businessman is a free puppet of an elegant young businessman character. Our most popular puppet for animations, explainer videos, and more. He has triggers for pointing, showcasing, giving thumbs-up, and waving. Alex can also hold a Notepad, Pointer, Pen, and an Envelope. Walking left/right and advanced head movements included.

Go To Free Download


Business Lady Free Puppet

Business Lady is a stylish black businesswoman character, prepared as a puppet with additional features such as head turn and walking in from left and right The file is ready to import and use in Adobe Character Animator.

Go To Free Download


Brad The Gingerbread Free Puppet

Brad the Gingerbread is the favorite of many. This very merry, free puppet template is ready to go with pre-made triggers. He can point, wave, give thumbs up, express emotions, and lip-sync your holiday songs.

Go To Free Download


Happy Chubby Fish Free Puppet

Free Adobe Character Animator Puppet 2021 Happy Chubby Fish: Free Puppet by Graphic Mama

Happy Chubby Fish is a freebie cheerful and colorful fish character, you can use for animations, explainer videos, etc. He can make bubbles, flip his fin, show a sign, and talk.

Go To Free Download


Papple The Penguin Free Puppet

Free Adobe Character Animator Puppet 2021 Papple The Penguin: Free Puppet by Graphic Mama

Papple the Penguin can point, wave, give thumbs up, express emotions, and lip-sync your words. The sweet cubby puppet can also hold snowballs, so be careful!

Go To Free Download


Mr. Geekson Free Puppet

Mr.Geekson is our geeky businessman character with glasses and a tie. He can point, showcase, give thumbs up and wave; he shows a variety of emotions and comes with accessories such as a pen, a notepad, and a pointer stick.

Go To Free Download


Doodley the Christmas Elf Free Puppet

Free Adobe Character Animator Puppet 2021 Doodley the Christmas Elf: Free Puppet by Graphic Mama

This jolly fella, amongst all other obligatory triggers and emotions, has a list and a pencil… So, were you good this year?

Go To Free Download


Free Adobe Puppet Templates

You can also take a look at our article with 43 Free puppets for Adobe Character Animator


3. Other Free Adobe Character Animator Resources

3.1. Top Exclusive Free Character Animator Puppets

Let’s start with 8 Exclusive free puppets by Graphic Mama that you won’t find anywhere else.

You can directly download each character puppet you like (or all of them) and import them into Character Animator.

3.2.  Free Backgrounds for Your Adobe Character Animator Puppets

Another important detail of creating your videos with Character animator puppets is to find the perfect backgrounds for each scene. For example, here we collected editable vector backgrounds for Character Animator to suit your puppets and give an atmosphere to your videos. Most of the backgrounds are for free personal and commercial use.

3.3. Free Mouth Shapes Sets

Everybody agrees with how important it is that the characters are expressive. If you’re in the process of creating your own animated character or editing an existing one, you can download these free mouth shape sets for Adobe Character Animator made by GraphicMama for achieving a well-animated lipsync function.


Final Words

In conclusion, you can now easily up your online presentation game by using your favorite puppets with the Adobe Character Animator software has never been easier. Just pick Starter Mode and get creative with Adobe Character Animator for free.

In the meantime, you could also check some more insights, gather inspiration, or simply grab a freebie.

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Al Boicheva

Al is an illustrator at GraphicMama with out-of-the-box thinking and a passion for anything creative. In her free time, you will see her drooling over tattoo art, Manga, and horror movies.

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