As a motion graphic designer, you are great at making text or images zip around your screen in entertaining ways. But what about when you are given a drawing of a character or creature and actually want them to, well, move like a character or creature would? Enter the Puppet Tool. In this course, After Effects CC Puppet Tool, you will learn how to animate static characters and turn them into bendable, dynamic creations. First, you will discover what makes for a good puppet. Next, you will learn when to use the various types of pins. Finally, you will explore how to build walking animations for your puppets. When you are finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of the puppet tool needed to bring your characters to life.
Jason has spent most of his life in and around the nation's capital and currently operates as a freelance trainer in Adobe and Apple software. He's taught at NAB, written a book on Final Cut Pro X, and runs his own training business, Some Might Say Media, LLC.
Course Overview Hi everyone. My name is Jason Cox. Welcome to my course on the Adobe After Effects CC Puppet Tool. I'm an Adobe Certified Instructor and owner of Some Might Say Media, LLC. Just because you can get around and use After Effects efficiently to generate some great-looking motion graphics doesn't necessarily mean you're an artist in every sense of the word. Take it from me, someone who can barely draw a stick figure on paper, and to take a drawn character and elevate it to an animated state using complex rigging plugins or third-party software just seems downright overwhelming for many of us. So the next time a client asks you to animate a drawing of a character, turn to After Effects' Puppet tool. In this course, we will learn all about the Puppet tool. Some of the major topics that we will cover include setting up your puppet, animating and perfecting your puppet movements, creating a walk cycle, and other uses for the Puppet tool. By the end of this course, you'll be able to take a static-drawn character and move and animate it easily and surprising in delightful ways. At the beginning of the course, you should at least be familiar with the basics of After Effects' interface and importing Photoshop and Illustrator files. I hope you'll join me on this ride to learn all about animating with After Effects CC's Puppet tool, here at Pluralsight.