4 Replies Latest reply on Aug 7, 2017 7:00 PM by headTrix

    Is there a textbook for Character Animation?

    robertk38703320 Level 1

      I looked over amazon.com hoping to find something on the order of "AE Character Animation for Dummies". Found nothing. Am I just not asking the question correctly?

        • 1. Re: Is there a textbook for Character Animation?
          oksamurai Employee Moderator

          Since we're relatively new I don't think there's anything quite like that yet.

           

          The closest would be this starter video. I hope to make more like these in the future covering more topics!

           

          • 2. Re: Is there a textbook for Character Animation?
            robertk38703320 Level 1

            I got my first "scribble sketch" done in Photoshop and imported into AE Character Animator. Now I want to do my first rigging. I have ARM_RIGHT selected to both columns. I choose the STAPLE TOOL and try to attach the arm to TORSO, but get an error message saying: "Select a single independent group first". Where do I find it? What do I click on? When I try to use the HANDLE TOOL, it says: "Select a group". Again...what are they pointing me to?

             

             

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            • 3. Re: Is there a textbook for Character Animation?
              headTrix Adobe Community Professional

              Looks like you have to download the Photoshop Template so you can copy and paste your artwork into the Template....or watch some videos on Adobe Site or YouTube from oksamurai he has some really well done videos.

               

              you have to re-organize your Photoshop file so that Character Animator can rig it. You need a main folder with your Character Name, and inside of that MAIN folder will be 2 other folders (1 for the "Head" and one for the "Body" then your arms, and legs, and torso will go INSIDE of the Body folder. Then to make things moveable we assign a "+" before the layer name. So your arms would be called

              "+Right Arm" and "+Left Arm" - then Character Animator will add a Crown symbol in the layers Panel since it will recognize the layer as a Warp Independent layer.

               

              Your so close! just need to organize your files a little bit more!

              In Character Animator go to Window>Workspace>Start. Then you will see template puppets.... on the right of the Template Puppets it says "See More" - click that and then scroll down the page of all the template characters (which you can also look at to see how they are organized) and the 2nd to last template is "Blank: Blank PSD & AI templates." You can download that and use it to start all of your new puppets on the correct layers which are already named and organized!

              Hope that helps!

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              • 4. Re: Is there a textbook for Character Animation?
                headTrix Adobe Community Professional

                There is also a new Character Animator video series now on Lynda.com

                 

                Hope that helps!