Film School: Character Animation in After Effects

Emanuele Colombo - Character Animation Workflow in AfterEffects Emanuele Colombo - Character Animation Workflow in AfterEffects

A collection of tutorials – from short introductions of concepts, to long-form in-depth workflow.

Animating Raster Graphics

A quick overview of ways to introduce movement to still images in After Effects (via After Effects Tutorials w/ Mikey):

  1. puppet pin
  2. depth map
  3. camera
  4. vanishing point

Puppeting & Rigging Vector Objects

In addition to the puppet pin tool, vector objects can also be character animated in After Effects by rigging (via SonduckFilm):

Detailed Character Animation Workflow

Animator Emanuele Colombo generously lets us look over his shoulder for 90 minutes, as he creates a character from scratch and gives it lifelike movement: