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!

Working With Titles + Credits In Adobe Premiere Pro – A Skillshare Class

New year, new Skillshare classes up!  “Working With Titles + Credits In Adobe Premiere Pro” is my second new class this year, one of several Adobe Premiere courses I have in the pipeline.

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Adobe Premiere Pro is a powerful video editing tool which also allows you the ability to design titles and credit sequences.  This class is meant for the beginning video editor or filmmaker who wants to create title/ credit sequences and templates.  We’ll also cover some of the design elements that go into an effective placement of text in our videos.

Sign up here!

This week’s class on my Skillshare channel is all about one of my favorite ways to animate things- by using photos in Adobe Character Animator, a subprogram of Adobe After Effects.

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In this course we use a series of photographs to create an animated talking head in Adobe After Effects and Character Animator.  We’ll cover mouth shapes, layer placement, syncing an audio track to lips or creating your own audio for your puppet to voice.

Signup is here!

Retouching Faces in Adobe Photoshop + Lightroom – a Skillshare class

This week’s addition to my Skillshare tutorial channel is Retouching Portraits in Photoshop and Lightroom.  It’s easily the most requested topic I get for the classes I teach in person.

In any portrait photography, it’s a give that there will be some facial retouching to make your subjects look their best. This Skillshare course cover the basics of both Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for retouching skin, enhancing eyes, color correction and more!

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Free Photography + Design Classes On Skillshare Through Today

The Skillshare video teaching platform has Premium classes, which students need a membership to access, and Free ones, which can be viewed without a membership.  I have 4 of my classes set to Free through today:

Creative Image Transfer For Photographers and Crafters

Build Your Creative Cloud Asset Library With Adobe Capture

Design A Character Based On An Ancient Culture

Speed Up Your Photography Workflow With Adobe Lightroom

See you in class!

 

Concept Art Skills + Designing Characters Based On The Past – a new Skillshare class

This week’s Skillshare lesson has a really, really, really long name: it’s full title is “Creating Concept Art Pt.1: Design a Character Based on an Ancient Culture in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.”  I created it while working on an animated film of the Mayan Hero Twins.

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What goes into characters with real history behind them- people of the past, of legend, from mythology?  In this class, we’ll explore how to approach a character based on an ancient culture – learning about their unique fashions and lifestyles – and create our own character through Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop which can be used in design and animation.  Sign up is here!