9 Replies Latest reply on Apr 28, 2017 11:18 AM by oksamurai

    Head won't detach from body

    TylerBM

      I'm news to Character animator and I'm having trouble with the puppets movements. Whenever I move the puppet/my head, the entire puppet moves. Here's a screenshot of my workspace.

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        • 1. Re: Head won't detach from body
          oksamurai Employee Moderator

          Hey Tyler, thanks for jumping over here from Facebook - just a lot easier to work with screenshots and the whole community to benefit from seeing any potential solutions.

           

          The issue seems to be two things:

           

          1. Your Head is independent. Try turning that off (click the crown next to Head to hide it).

           

          2. You'll need a little more organization: in your original PSD or AI file, put ALL the head stuff inside the Head group. Then also make a new "Body" group inside your main +Tyke folder and put all body stuff inside there.

           

          Those two steps should fix it. Basically you always want your characters looking like:

           

          +Character

               Head

               Body

           

          And that should have them all move together as one piece. Let me know if that works.

          • 2. Re: Head won't detach from body
            TylerBM Level 1

            Seems like I didn't separate the body from the head in the original image. Is there a way to take a flat image apart and label it correctly?

            • 3. Re: Head won't detach from body
              oksamurai Employee Moderator

              You can use the polygonal lasso tool to essentially cut the body out and re-paste it. A good spot might be where the chin meets the neck.

               

              But for your setup, it looks like you do have most of the face as separate since it's floating away from everything - if that blank flat brown facial area gets completely covered by the other face art you have, you could just erase the overlapped part and move the remaining shirt/neck into the body.

              • 4. Re: Head won't detach from body
                TylerBM Level 1

                So I did what you said, followed the template to the "T" and now the head and body all move together whenever I tilt my head. I detached (so I thought) the head from the body and got rid of that background layer of the face. But to no avail, my head doesn't move independently of the body.

                Is there a way I could send you my file and you take a quick look at it?

                • 5. Re: Head won't detach from body
                  oksamurai Employee Moderator

                  Sure - you can share here or DM me your .puppet file (File > Export > Puppet) via a shared link on Google Drive, Dropbox, or Creative Cloud to take a closer look.

                  • 6. Re: Head won't detach from body
                    jonnymackjackson

                    Can you post the solution? I'm having the same issue---I had it working fine before the April update and now the body and head are moving together as if it's a ghost character or something

                    • 7. Re: Head won't detach from body
                      oksamurai Employee Moderator

                      I don't think Tyler ever sent me the puppet. But likewise, you can share your puppet with me too to take a closer look if you want.

                      • 8. Re: Head won't detach from body
                        jonnymackjackson Level 1

                        Here’s the puppet. I tried setting him up in Illustrator again, but it’s still doing it. Making the head independent from the body works, but then it floats off of the body. Couldn’t figure out how to reply to you directly on the forum...

                         

                         

                        Thanks!

                        Jonathan

                        www.superfunkfantasy.com

                        • 9. Re: Head won't detach from body
                          oksamurai Employee Moderator

                          Not seeing a link unfortunately. Just hit reply below this message to do a public message, or if you click my name above you should see an option to message me.