See "Building a puppet from scratch" here: Character Animator Tutorials
You can use the built-in template (File > New Puppet in Photoshop / Illustrator) and clear out the artwork.
The only exports right now are sequence of PNG and WAV audio file.
You say go to 'building a puppet from scratch' but I cannot find this blank face template when I do that,
In some version of character animator it comes up as a template.
I just want the template so I can load it up in character animator for class, yet the actually file seems rather impossible to find.
any help would be greatly appreciated
Note that the menu item referenced above (in a message from 2015) is no longer there. But the "Black Face" template referenced in the video above is still there.
> I just want the template so I can load it up in character animator for class
It's always there in the Start workspace, just one click away. How would having the .puppet file itself help? If you don't want PS / AI to pop up when you do that, opt/alt-click instead.
(The .puppet file itself is hidden inside the application support files.)