Want to become a master in Adobe Character Animator? Great! We’ve gathered some useful video tutorials for beginners that will quickly get you acquainted with the software!
So what exactly does Adobe Character Animator do? It is software that uses your expressions and movements to animate characters in real-time. You can import art from Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop or start with built-in character templates. In these tutorials, you will learn the basics of the software so at the end of this article you will be able to create an animated puppet all by yourself. Sounds fun? Let’s begin!
1. Getting Started in Adobe Character Animator (2020)
This tutorial will help you get started with the program even if you’ve never used it before and is certainly a great starting point if you are taking your first steps in creating a basic animated character.
The video covers points such as importing a ready-built puppet, working with the rig and scene modes, customizing the level of expressiveness and behavior and the overall appearance of the character in Photoshop.
It also touches briefly on topics like the audio visemes and features the software offers.
2. Creating a Photoshop Puppet
This hour-long step by step guide is an absolute treasure for beginners and it keeps things really simple – you don’t have to be a Photoshop expert or have any animation skills at all.
It takes you through customizing a blank example template and turning it into a new female character replacing the different parts of the puppet – mouth, eyes, hand triggers, physics-enabled hair, basic arm structure, and more.
3. Creating an Illustrator Puppet
The topic covered by this tutorial is similar to the previous one, only the software used here is Adobe Illustrator, which is what we actually use to create our puppets as well.
The creation of the additional robot puppet shown is a bonus you get in this video, so we believe this would be an interesting tutorial for users of all levels.
4. Advanced Rigging
This tutorial walks through the steps required to make an advanced puppet like “Sirr” – a different arm structure than usual, all of the different mouth sets for his happy and sad expressions, his fur that wiggles, different replay poses.
The video also covers how to make a funny 10-second deep trigger system with marshmallows that catch fire and burn, all with a click of one button.
5. Complete Animation Workflow
This is a very comprehensive 2-hour long course, divided into 8 parts and it goes deep into every stage of the process for creating a cool animated “explainer” style video with a cartoon narrator character – from writing a script and recording it, animating keyframes to link everything together and composing it in Adobe After Effects.
The different parts of the tutorial use different software like Audition to edit the audio, Adobe Photoshop to build the character, Character Animator to rig and animate the puppet and Adobe After Effects to finally composite everything together.
6. Walking in Adobe Character Animator
This tutorial provides some great tips and tricks with the Walk behavior which lets your animated characters walk, slump, sneak, run, and more.
The video focuses on the differences between simple and three-view walk rigging, shows techniques for making the background and foreground move, and then goes through a step by step process rigging a PSD file to get it up and running (literally!).
7. Recording and Editing in Adobe Character Animator
Adobe Character Animator allows you to record different character performances using your face and other inputs as simple as pressing the red record button.
This tutorial digs a little deeper into the best techniques for recording and editing, such as arming & disarming behaviors, blending multiple performances together, and perfecting lip sync tracks.
8. Create Animated Live Stream with Adobe Character Animator
This is an interesting tutorial that will be useful to users that would like to learn how to build and stream a live animated character on sites like Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook.
The video provides tips on making a dynamic and easily controllable live stream worthy character and how to customize and find suitable tune streaming software.
9. Fixing Issues in Adobe Character Animator Puppet
Rigging a character can sometimes be a difficult task. This is why we chose this video as it goes into details about how to use the Rigging Issues panel – a helpful tool that will analyze your puppet for common issues and guide you through how to solve them. It is great if you’d like to learn about this new feature while fixing stationary and walking versions of a broken puppet.
10. How to Work with Keyframes in Adobe Character Animator
One of the best features of Adobe Character Animator is the performance capture element. Sometimes, however, you may want a little more precision with your animations and here keyframes come in handy. They allow more control over specific parameters like position, scale, rotation, and more.
This tutorial goes through the basics, teaching you how to set up and edit a set of simple keyframes, and finally showing you an example of keyframed replays and triggers added to the Schizzler the alien puppet.
At first, creating your own animated character may seem like а complicated mission, however, these video tutorials are a good starting base for beginners who would like to take the first steps to create animated puppets from scratch. Have fun with it and unleash your creative side!
Also, GraphicMama offers over 100 premade Character Animator puppets, which you may like to use.