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Animation

The animation process has come a long way, offering tools such as Blender, Adobe Animate, Procreate, and Unreal Engine. Browse tutorials below, to learn from the experts.
Blender
Blender Tutorials
Short Lessons
Blender 2.8
Modern Interiors
Star Wars 3D Tutorials
Forest Series
Nature Tutorials
Dandelion - Blender Cycles
Create Realistic Rocks
Large City Building
Create A Fall Road
Volcano Eruption In Blender
Beautiful Animated Creek
How To Create A Forest


Adobe Animate
Adobe Animate Overview
Getting Started
How To Use Warping
Types Of Symbols
Intro To Animate
Broken Campfire
Adobe Animate CC
The Wave Principle
Colour, Gradients And Effects
Adobe Animate 2021
TV Ready Animations/a>
Assembling Alfonso


Procreate
How To Animate
Sneaker Animation
Dog Walking Animation
Dino Ipad Drawing
The Recolour Tool
White Dove Tutorial
Procreate 5 Animations
Plant Drawings
Cute Animals
Pear Procreate Drawing
Illustration Process
Procreate Fruits Drawings
Easy Illustration
Procreate Drawings
Panda Ipad Pro
Winter Procreate 5 Animations
Animate A Burger
Pencil Illustration
Macaroons Instructions
Drawing Process On Ipad


Live2D
Live2D Showcase
Wulala Live2D Vtuber
Modeling, Animation
Showcase: Riko Nihongo
Crash Course
Workflow
Live2D Class
Create Mouths
Live2d Step By Step
Live2D Tutorial
Live2D Cubism


Animation Tips
Animation In Photoshop
Animation Process
Animation In After Effects
Motion Graphics!
Infographics In Motion
Wix Tutorials
Blender Tools
A Few Minutes Of Design
The Big 100 Project
Motion Graphic Icons
Adobe Illustrator
Walking & Talking


ImageworksVFX
Amazing Spiderman
Creating Rhino
Animating Spiderman
Smurfs The Lost Village
Alice In Wonderland Trailer
Men In Black 3
Spiderman Into The Spiderverse
Imageworks 2016 Sizzle Reel
Oz The Great And Powerful
Special Featurette Vfx
Sony Pictures Imageworks
Alice Through The Looking Glass
Men In Black International
The Angry Birds Movie
Alice Tea Party
Smallfoot The Human City
The Smurfs


Sony Pictures Animation
Angry Birds
The Star
The Emoji Movie
Open Season: Scared Silly
Smurfs: The Lost Village
Hotel Transylvania
Making Of Hotel Transylvania
How To Draw Dracula
Hotel Transylvania - Sounds
The Pirates
Surf's Up 2: Wavemania
Surf's Up - Storyboard
Open Season
Arthur Christmas
The Smurfs


Unreal Engine
Feature Highlights
Sizzle Reels | Unreal Engine
Mobile | Unreal Engine
Niagara | Feature Highlight
Automotive Rendering
Architectural Visuals
Ue4 Demos | Unreal Engine
Creating A Match Game
Making Game Ready AI
Texturing Hyper-reality
Cinematic Lighting
Material Layering System
Technical Art
Building Effects With Niagara
Ray Tracing


Unreal Engine Films
Dauntless By Phoenix Labs
A Cat's Tale
Cargill - Unreal Film
The Journey
Ue4 Short Film
Astroneer
The Sinking City
Unreal Film Jam
Designing A Film Set In VR


Flipaclip
How I Animate
Smoke Practice
Contest Animations
Love You All Over
Dream Reality
Christmas Contest
Hall Of Fame
Top 100 Animations
Flipaclip Splash Contest
Stick Fighter
Showcase


Types of Animation

Traditional animation is an animation technique in which each frame is drawn by hand. The technique was the dominant form of animation, championed by an upstart cartoonist in the early 1900's, namely Walt Disney.

Stop motion is an animated filmmaking technique in which objects are physically manipulated in small increments between individually photographed frames so that they will appear to exhibit independent motion or change when the series of frames is played back. Any kind of object can thus be animated, but puppets with movable joints (puppet animation) or plasticine figures (clay animation or claymation) are most commonly used. Puppets, models or clay figures built around an armature are used in model animation. Stop motion with live actors is often referred to as pixilation. Stop motion of flat materials such as paper, fabrics or photographs is usually called cutout animation.

Motion capture is the process of recording the movement of objects or people. It is used in military, entertainment, sports, and medical applications. In motion capture sessions, movements of one or more actors are sampled many times per second. This animation data is mapped to a 3D model so that the model performs the same actions as the actor. This process may be contrasted with the older technique of rotoscoping.

Camera movements can also be motion captured so that a virtual camera in the scene will pan, tilt or dolly around the stage driven by a camera operator while the actor is performing. At the same time, the motion capture system can capture the camera and props as well as the actor's performance. This allows the computer-generated characters, images and sets to have the same perspective as the video images from the camera.

Animators

Animators work in teams to develop a movie, a visual effect, or an electronic game. Each animator works on a portion of the project, and then the pieces are put together to create one cohesive animation. Special effects artists, on the other hand, create 2D or three-dimensional models, and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other forms of media.

Artists and animators can further specialize within these fields. Within animated movies and video games, artists often specialize in characters or in scenery and background design. Video game artists may focus on level design: creating the look, feel, and layout for the levels of a video game.

Many animation companies have their own in-house computer animation software that artists must learn to use. Video game designers also work in a variety of platforms, including mobile gaming and online social networks. Other artists and animators prefer to work by drawing and painting by hand, and then translating the resulting images into computer graphics packages. Some special effects artists use storyboards which look like a comic strip, to help visualize the final product during the animation design process.

  • Creating storyboards that depict the script and narrative.
  • Designing models, backgrounds, sets, characters, objects and the animation environment.
  • Using a range of materials, including modelling clay, plaster, oil paints, watercolours and acrylics.
  • Developing the timing and pace of the movements of a character or object during the sequence of images and ensuring they follow the soundtrack and audio requirements.
  • Building up accurate, detailed, frame-by-frame visuals.
  • Working to meet production deadlines and clients' commercial requirements.
  • Creating computer-generated images (known as CGI) may include taking images of an actor’s movements and then animating them into three-dimensional characters.

Adobe Animate

Despite being relatively simple to use, Adobe Animate has a lot to offer animators. The interface is clean and recognisable, especially if you're already familiar with other Adobe products. And the ability to quickly share and publish your work to social media sites like YouTube and Twitter makes it easy to get your animations online. With this software, you have the ability to animate using a variety of different techniques, including hand-drawn, frame-by-frame animation, as well as puppet animation, which allows you to manipulate a character rig without redrawing it.

When it comes to vector-based animation software that is great for beginners yet convenient for cross-platform projects, Adobe Animate is the best animation software to pick. This program has raster support, audio-video embedding, rich text, and even action 3.0 scripting. Adobe Fresco live brushes help you draw more expressive characters that blink, talk and walk with frame-by-frame animation.

The asset panel provides premade characters, backgrounds, audio rigs, and motion assets to help you work faster. Animate is capable of creating animations for video games, television shows, websites, applications, and several other animation platforms. Adobe Animate has a wide range of export formats, like SVG, HTML5, SWF, Adobe Air, and WEBGL, and can also be extended to android, Windows, macOS, and iOS operating systems.

CelAction2D

CelAction2D is an animation software in the vein of Adobe Animate and Toon Boom Studio where you rig up a drawn character and animate its skeleton, rather than drawing individual frames. The program is used to make episodes of Peppa Pig, another of shows it makes are Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom, Mr. Bean (animated), and Toot the Tiny Tugboat.

However, where it differs from Toon Boom Studio is that it does not have any drawing tools whatsoever. Either way, if doing and creating 2D animation is your thing, then this software does contain many effects and tools to make your life a lot easier, for example, IK (Inverse Kinematics) rigs and lip-syncing tools, as well as a large number of effects and a variety of output options all the way up to cinema size.

A powerful 2D software, CelAction 2D, has been used by several commercially successful and award-winning productions. The software bitmaps and vectors are rigged onto a skeleton frame so the animation can be altered and reused without much effort. CelAnimation gives users the quality of hand-drawn animation without difficulty. Other than this, you can design textures and models to use in your animation, as well as, import assets from other third-party applications.

What makes CelAction great is that, in the case of bigger projects, work can be divided so that designers who are skilled in drawing can handle the modeling process while those with more animation-centric can work on the stop motion and movement. For the most part, 3D animation relies more on sculpting, lighting, textures, and the type of material you’re using. 2D animation, however, is a lot less demanding and can make use of skeleton or bone rig.

Autodesk Maya

For many professional animators and animation studios, Autodesk Maya is the industry standard. This 3D animation software is ideal for character creation, modeling, simulation, motion graphics, and more. It’s been used to create animation for movies including “Finding Nemo,” “Monsters, Inc.,” and “Avatar.” Maya makes use of Node graph architecture that can be used to customize individual elements on objects and in scenes, which ensures versatility in animation. Used in several popular films, like Lord of the Rings, Spiderman, and even Ice Age, Maya is capable of powerful and detail-oriented animation.

Although Maya comes with a bit of a learning curve, this autodesk animation software is best for anyone seriously looking to get started on animation and VFX design. Maya is expensive when compared to the alternatives in the industry, but Maya is the best high-end software in the industry. The Bifrost visual programming environment is great for creating highly accurate and detailed environments. Prebuilt graphs make it easy to create visually impressive effects like snow and dust storms.

Maya stands out for its top-quality 3D modeling features. Polygon modeling enables you to create 3D models using geometry based on vertices, edges, and faces. NURBs modeling allows you to build 3D models from geometric primitives, and drawn curves. Another cool feature is the Ghosting Editor which enables you to see the exact movement and position of animated objects over time. Rigging, skinning, and retargeting help you accurately create, bind, and transfer characters.

Maya ships with a unique feature known as XGen interactive grooming. XGen interactive grooming includes tools like sculpting brushes, modifiers, and sculpting layers which you can use to create different styles of hair and fur. This program is resource-heavy, so you'll need a high-powered platform to ensure there are no lags in performance.

Blender

Most likely the best free animation software out there, Blender is capable of impressive 3D modeling, texturing, raster graphics editing, animating, soft body simulation, composting, and even motion graphics.

Blender is a powerful open-source tool capable of delivering impressive results to users familiar with it. When it comes to animation, Blender makes use of tools like shape animations, vertex weighting, armature, and inverse kinematics, along with so many others to allow intricate, detail-oriented animation.

Advanced rigging tools include envelope, skeleton, and automatic skinning. There’s also easy weight painting, mirror functionality, and bone layers for organization. The built-in brush selection includes Crease, Clay Strips, Pinch, Smooth, Mask, Grab to help make animations ultra life-like. Advanced animators can also customize brushes to match their unique design requirements. Shape keys enable you to tweak facial expressions, model muscle parts and refine skeletal rigs.

Blender's animation toolset features a character animation pose editor, forward/inverse kinematics, and sound synchronisation, all of which makes animating your next project that much easier. You can sculpt, model, render, and more. You can even use the Grease Pencil feature to work on 2D creations and the helpful Python API for scripting and customisation through app extensions.

Hotel Transylvania 3


Follow along with Sony Pictures Animation Hotel Transylvania 3 director Genndy Tartakovsky to draw your own Dracula.

The Pirates, Band of Misfits


The Pirates - Band of Misfits Crew Vlog with Andrew Bloxham. Get a behind-the-scenes look into the studio of professional animators.

Adobe Animate Tutorial


In this series [1/5]we talk about how to animate a complete scene in Adobe Animate. We cover frame by frame, tweening, working with graphics, background and different scenes.

Adobe Illustrator


Starting a brand new lesson series [1/6] in Illustrator CC. You'll learn how to use shapes, the pen tool, add gradients, apply effects & filters as well as work with text.

Animate Minions in Procreate


The minion illustration itself is not complicated, using just two Procreate brushes and a few colours. For the drawing and filling, use the Studio Pen Brush or the Monoline. For shading and texture, you need to make custom brushes,

Adobe Character Animator

When it comes to character design and animation, Adobe Character Animator is one of the best animation software in terms of features. To operate Character Animator you import layered files onto puppets, which are used for animation through applied behavior or virtual cues.

You choose a character (called a puppet), which can be your own artwork imported from Procreate, Adobe Photoshop, or Adobe Illustrator. Then, the program uses your computer’s microphone and camera to detect your voice and movements and animate the character. Essentially, you use your own performance to animate a character in real time. Whatever you do with your face, including your mouth, eyes, and eyebrows, your character does. Plus, you can add in other movements, like hand gestures.

This allows beginners to create animations quickly and easily. However, it’s best used for animations that are mostly dialogue, as there is limited functionality to create action and physical movement. Adobe Character Animator has been updated to make use of body tracking software and transcript-based lip-sync to make the animation process easier and in sync with the voice actor. With Adobe Animator you can also rig the characters by using the puppet panel, which lets users animate the characters with behavior using prompts and use your webcam for face tracking.

Animator Job Outlook

Animation is a competitive industry. To find work you must have a showreel. This is your portfolio to show to production companies or animation commissioners in advertising agencies, music companies or television companies. It's acceptable practice to send showreels out speculatively, although it's better to target particular projects. Take time to ensure your showreel is short and punchy, as companies are likely to be drawn in during the first five seconds and will probably have made a decision after one minute of film.

Employment of special effects artists and animators is projected to grow modestly in the coming decade. Projected employment growth will be due to increased demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, and television. Consumer demand will continue for more realistic video games, movie and television special effects, and three-dimensional movies. Additional special effects artists and animators will be required to meet increased demand for these enhanced visual complexities. Furthermore, continued demand for computer graphics for mobile devices, such as smart phones, will lead to more job opportunities. Special effects artists will be needed to create animation for games and for mobile applications.


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