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!

Lightroom Skillshare Classes

Entering my second year as a Skillshare teacher, I’ve been preparing several new photo/ video editing classes- until those go out, I wanted to let any interested people know my previous Lightroom-focused classes are still available on my channel!

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Retouching Portraits With Adobe Photoshop + Lightroom

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

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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 for this class is here!

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Speed Up Your Workflow In Adobe Lightroom

In this class I’ll show how to speed up your editing process in Adobe Lightroom, taking 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.  Sign up is over here!

See you in class!

 

 

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!

Click here for the full class!

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!

Manga Effects In Adobe Photoshop – A Skillshare Course

This week’s class on my Skillshare channel is Manga Effects In Adobe Photoshop.

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We cover screentones, making linework from your pencils, and more!  As a lifelong fan of the manga art form, this was one of the most fun classes for me to put together.  I have seen firsthand young artists get super thrilled when they see what a few tricks in Photoshop can do to make their art pop like the comics they read.

Signup is here!