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Learn Character Animation With Cartoon Animator

Cartoon Animator, by Reallusion, is a powerful but easy-to-use animation program that let's anyone animate cartoon characters, even without previous animation experience. In this series of tutorials by Jonathan Lam, you'll learn how to rig and animate talking, moving cartoon characters using Cartoon Animator and how to customize your animation using Photoshop and After Effects.

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How to Rig and Animate a Cartoon Character

Cartoon Animator will empower you to you make animation very quickly, especially compared to traditional or hand-drawn animation workflows. It's an intuitive program to use, and it doesn't need extensive training or experience. Instead, Cartoon Animator includes ways to work with industry-standard tools like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects to design your characters; the programs you might already be comfortable with.

The first step is to "rig" your character design into a controllable puppet using "bones," or nodal points in the design. Creating and rigging your own character designs for animation couldn't be easier. Cartoon Animator provides a fully-functional PSD in-and-out feature that lets you synchronize your changes from an external editor like Adobe Photoshop or Affinity Photo with character rigging in Cartoon Animator, and a plug-in to move your work into After Effects for animation, effects, and finishing.

In our first tutorial of the series you will learn the basics of how to use prepare a pre-made character design in Cartoon Animator and After Effects. CTA comes loaded with plenty of great character choices to learn with.

Of course you will want to animate characters of your own design! In the next two tutorials we show how to use a combination of Cartoon Animator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects.

In this tutorial you'll learn how to prepare a custom character design for animation, step-by-step:

In the next tutorial you will learn how to animate your own 2D characters with the help of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects, using the strengths of each program:

Apply Your New Animation Skills

Don't stop there! The next three tutorials will put your new skills to use to animate a photo and create a talking avatar.

Customize Your Animation in After Effects

After Effects provides many ways to customize your animation. In these tutorials, you'll learn how to add lighting, movement, and special effects.

Keep Learning Character Animation

This series is ongoing, so check this space for more updates!

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