Walk Cycles In Adobe Character Animator – new Skillshare class!

It’s been a few months, but with the summer heat sweeping into Arizona I’m back in the lab cranking out tutorials – the first of which is Animating Walk Cycles in Adobe Character Animator!

JPEG image-388A994167A8-1.jpegThe walk cycle is one of the foundation principles of animation, and Adobe has recently added it to the arsenal of motion capture animation features of its Character Animator program. We’ll cover how to build our puppet in Photoshop, add walk behaviors, rig our puppet in Character Animator and create multiple kinds of motion.

Adobe Character Animator is a subprogram of After Effects, and it uses Adobe Photoshop to organize the file layers, so you’ll need those programs to get the full benefit of the class.

Sign up is here!

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New on Udemy- Making Motion Comics

motion-comics-coverI’m proud to announce my first Udemy course – Making Motion Comics: Animating Illustrations in Adobe Photoshop and After Effects!   This is a specialized form of animation using portions of original artwork to animate a story rather than individual drawings for each frame or cgi characters.  By animating in this style, we are able to keep the aesthetic of individually drawn panels with complicated foregrounds and backgrounds; we are able to make our comics into films.

I used this technique in my short film, Innocence of Seduction.  It allowed me to utilize hundreds of drawings from public domain comics into my own animation:

For a limited time, the course is on sale for $15, normal price $35! See you in class!

Free Skillshare Coupons For Adobe Classes!

In honor of my favorite haunted holiday, I’ve made a bunch of free enrollment coupons for the Adobe courses on my Skillshare channel.  This lets people who are not Skillshare members be able to view the course without registering or paying even the .99 trial membership.

There are around 5 free enrollments each at the time of this writing!  Click the course title to claim the free coupon.

Speed Up Your Workflow in Adobe Lightroom

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How To Use Adobe Lightroom For Video

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Bring Out the Details In Your Photos with Tone Mapping in Adobe Photoshop

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Get Surreal In Adobe Premiere

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Happy Halloween!

The Art of Pushing Pixels and Waveforms on my Skillshare Channel

It’s been close to a year since I started my Skillshare channel and at the time of this writing I’m offering 17 classes, from Photography to Video Editing to Sound Mixing to Ceramics to Illustration.  It seems like a variety of things but to me it’s all art, mostly involving pixels and waveforms.  When you’ve been doing stuff for a long time, you pick up a number of useful skills, and that’s the overall premise of Skillshare.

The Skillshare site itself encourages people to create bite-sized, project oriented classes that are complete in themselves, which is understandable- I myself check the run time of a class, and if it’s over 45 minutes, no matter how interested I am in the topic, I’ll probably skip it.

I was able to get 5 tutorials up in September, and my goal for the rest of the year is to continue with 1 new class a week.  Some classes have been very broad and beginner-level, others- like my Motion Comics series or Design A Character Based On An Ancient Culture– have been very targeted and based on personal projects I’ve been working on.

At this point I want to ask anyone out there:  what would you like to see a tutorial on?  Basic stuff, m0re photography, more video, sound editing, process videos of someone creating a piece of art?  Let me know in the comments below!

 

How To Use Adobe Lightroom For Video-a Skillshare class

I’ve got a couple new photo/ video/ Adobe classes dropping on Skillshare this week, and the first is How To Use Adobe Lightroom For Video.

Lightroom is generally thought of as a still photography program but here are a few neat tricks you can do, especially if you are just starting to work with videos, need to capture stills from your videos, or want to keep a consistent style between your existing photographic library and your video work.  You’ll be able to have unique looking footage that you can piece together in your video editor such as Adobe Premiere or iMovie.

Sign up here!  And if there are any particular tutorials you’d like me to do in the future, let me know in the comments!

Speeding Up Your Lightroom Workflow – A Skillshare Tutorial

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I love Skillshare- it’s a learning site that runs that has bite-sized classes with actual projects, so you’re not flailing about searching through massive “How To Use Photoshop” type classes hoping to achieve some particular skill.

In my “Speed Up Your Photography Workflow” class, we cover some of the Adobe Lightroom functions that take your workflow time from hours down to mere minutes.  We cover syncing and auto syncing your actions, creating your own preset filters and brushes, effectively utilizing virtual copies and collections, and more.

Signup is here!

New Skillshare class- Creating Motion Comics!

I’m deep in the process of making my motion comic short film, The Innocence of Seduction, using the process of motion comics.  Marvel made cartoons in this manner in the 1960s and 2000s, there was a Watchmen motion comic that exceeded the movie, and shows like Minoriteam utilized the technique to hysterical effect.  To go along with the finished movie, I’ve been recording several “how to” tutorials and the first part- Creating Motion Comics with Adobe Photoshop – is now up on my Skillshare channel!

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In my class we cover where to find artwork, how to extract and repair it, using Photoshop’s animation features, creating tweens and warps, and more!  It’s Part 1 of a 3 part series on Motion Comics, with future installments focusing on Adobe After Effects and Character Animator.  I’m excited to share the process as I think motion comics are a fun way to keep the original aesthetic of the comic art form while adding the drama of film.