2 Replies Latest reply on Feb 18, 2016 10:05 AM by Dave LaRonde

    How to make animated lips that move with the text?

    nvmnvmnvm Level 1



      I would like to make animated lips (such as below) say a certain text. So I would like them to move with the text that is being said.

      What would be the easiest way to do this in an Adobe programme? Thanks in advance!


      lips photo.jpg

        • 1. Re: How to make animated lips that move with the text?
          Rick Gerard Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          The easiest way to do that would be to learn now to use Adobe Character Animator. You just have to design layered artwork so that the different sounds are on different layers.


          There are also manual techniques that require familiarity with the Distortion and masking tools in AE and a knowledge of time remapping. You can also use audio levels to trigger movement. Using that technique you could divide the image into upper lip, lower lip and then use expressions to drive distortion tools of position. The right technique depends on the look you are after. If you want to just use those lips it's going to be pretty difficult to get an "oh" sound or a "b" as in "oh Boy" that looks natural.


          Are you new to AE? What you are wanting to do will require some basic skills in AE and probably Photoshop or Illustrator.

          • 2. Re: How to make animated lips that move with the text?
            Dave LaRonde Level 6

            Is this lips-only?  Or the inside of the mouth, too?  Bear in mind the tongue plays a crucial role in realistic-looking speech.  Look in a mirror as you make a "th" sound, as in the word, "this".  Or the "g" sound as in, "garbage".


            There's a lot more to making speech look right than simply animating a pair of lips.