3 Replies Latest reply on Oct 23, 2015 8:39 AM by Unicycle Rob

    Puppet tool cuts up my animation...Why?

    Unicycle Rob Level 1

      I'm creating this animation in After Effects. I've created these cartoon characters in illustrator and imported the AI file into After Effects. I then set up the puppet pins to animate them with the puppet tool. After rendering them out, peaces of the characters come off of them. I don't understand why this is happening. I've tried with rasterization on and off and it still happens. Has anyone run into this problem? Please help! Thank you!


      I've attached a close up screen shot of one of the characters head where a peace came off in the rendered video.

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        • 1. Re: Puppet tool cuts up my animation...Why?
          Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          That screenshot isn't very helpful. It would really help to see the timeline with all modified properties of the layer in question revealed (press the U key twice) and the mesh showing on the frames where the mesh fails. Make sure you have the mesh turned on and visible. Here are some things you must do to have puppet pin work.

          1. Puppet pin must be the only effect applied to a layer
          2. The layer cannot have any other animations applied to the layer. No scale, rotation or position changes
          3. The mesh must be big enough to cover the artwork completely even when deformed
          4. Puppet pin animations can load up the cache so before you render you should purge all image and disk caches

          If you need do other animation or reposition your animated puppet then you either need to pre-compose the puppet pin layer or render the animation to a suitable DI (digital intermediate - not delivery format like MP4) and then complete your project.

          Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 7.38.20 PM.png

          • 2. Re: Puppet tool cuts up my animation...Why?
            Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

            As Rick said, without seeing the full setup, including the mesh overlay, this isn't too useful. Quite likely you simply have unfavorable folds that may not show up while you create the keyframes, but then due to the interpolation wrinkle up your artwork inbetween.



            • 3. Re: Puppet tool cuts up my animation...Why?
              Unicycle Rob Level 1

              Thanks a lot Rick. I didn't know about the mesh part of the puppet tool. It wasn't covering the whole image and wasn't including the whole illustration.


              Thanks again! And happy After Effecting!