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Want to create your own animated characters and stories? Watch these videos and learn about everything Character Animator can do.

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Getting Started

This is a simple walkthrough of creating a basic character in Adobe Character Animator. After going through this tutorial, you should be able to create an animated character with head tracking, responsive eyes and eyebrows, real-time lip sync, and a body with draggable limbs.

Video Tutorials: The Basics

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Character Animator Episodes

Recording & Editing

Recording in Character Animator is as simple as pressing the red record button, but this tutorial digs a little deeper into the best techniques for recording and editing, such as arming & disarming behaviors, blending multiple performances together, and perfecting lip sync tracks.

Creating an Animated Livestream

In this tutorial we'll show you how to build and stream a live animated character on places like Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook. "Live animation" seems like an oxymoron, but it's now possible with Adobe Character Animator. 

Download Bluster at adobe.com/go/chexamples.

Complete Animation Workflow

From writing a script to animating keyframes, this longform tutorial goes deep into every stage of the process for creating an animated "explainer" style video with a cartoon narrator character. We'll record and edit the audio in Audition, build our character in Photoshop, rig and animate him in Character Animator, and finally composite everything together in After Effects.

Download Narrator Dave at okaysamurai.com/puppets/.

Triggers

Triggers are a critical part of any puppet made in Adobe Character Animator, allowing you add emotions, props, and animated sequences on demand. In this 3-part tutorial we'll cover the fundamentals by walking through an example project. We'll set up some simple triggers to turn lights on or off, swap between different hand positions, explore what happens when you trigger a group with a behavior (like a cycle layers explosion or a physics-enabled falling chicken) and finish with Face Triggers, adding eyelids, sad mouth sets, and other features to give a face more dynamic range.

Download the example project here.

Physics

Adding physics is a great way to give extra motion and life into your characters and scenes in Adobe Character Animator. In this 3-part tutorial we'll cover the fundamentals by walking through an example project (free download below). First, Basic Physics will show you how to make colliding shapes through the dynamic and collide tags. Then we'll show you how to make things like hair and drawstrings automatically sway with your character's movements in Dangle Physics. Finally we'll create some rain and cannon particle systems that collide with an umbrella.

Download the example project here.

From new feature announcements to community livestreams, Character Animator releases new episodes often around a wide variety of subjects. Watch the latest above or view the full playlist here.

More Video Tutorials

Characterizer

Characterizer is a feature in Adobe Character Animator that turns your face into a stylized animated character in a few minutes. This tutorial walks through the capture process, applying and customizing an art style, generating your characters into Character Animator, and how to add your own custom styles. Characterizer is the best way to quickly get up and running with a unique animated puppet — try it out!

Walking

The Walk behavior in Adobe Character Animator lets you quickly rig a character for movement across a scene. This tutorial covers everything from how to set up your artwork, how to rig your character and add tagged handles like shoulders and knees, and how to adjust the parameters to make a custom walk style that matches the personality of your character. It's never been easier to get a character walking and talking for animation!

Download Kaufman at okaysamurai.com/puppets.

Replays

Replays are an incredibly powerful feature in Adobe Character Animator, and this tutorial walks you through the basics of how they work. Select and right-click any set of takes in your timeline to turn them into triggerable- on-demand actions. From waves to head nods to dance moves, Replays open up a ton of new creative possibilities to add dynamic performances to your characters for both live and recorded projects.

Download the Replays project at okaysamurai.com/puppets.

Magnets

If your puppet has a Magnets behavior, any things tagged as "magnet" will be attracted to each other. This video walks through a sample project showing simple magnet attachments (a hand and a coffee cup), triggered magnets (catching and releasing a fish), and an advanced example using replays to create a magnetic field (magnet and ABC blocks).

Download the Magnets project at okaysamurai.com/puppets.

Arm IK

The Arm IK (Inverse Kinematics) behavior gives you total control over the way your arm moves, bends, and stretches. This tutorial shows how to rig and tag your arms, what the different behavior parameters do, how to record arm variations, and a tip about creating a trigger to turn IK on or off.

Creating A Photoshop Puppet

If you've ever wanted to create your own animated puppet with Adobe Photoshop and Character Animator, this step by step guide will walk you through customizing a template character and turning them into whatever you want! In this video we start with the free "Blank" example puppet and turn it into a new female character with eye / mouth / hand triggers, physics-enabled hair, basic arm structure, and more!

Download the Blank example character at adobe.com/go/chexamples.

Keyframes

New in Character Animator 2020 is the ability to add keyframes, allowing more control over specific parameters like position, scale, rotation, and more. This tutorial goes through the basics, teaching you how to set up and edit a set of simple keyframes, and finally showing you an example of keyframed replays and triggers added to a new free puppet, Schizzler the alien.

Download Schizzler at adobe.com/go/chexamples.

Creating An Illustrator Puppet

Same concept as the previous video, but this one uses with Adobe Illustrator instead of Photoshop! Both of these programs work great for character creation - go with whatever you feel most comfortable with!

Download the Blank example character at adobe.com/go/chexamples.

Rigging Issues Panel

Rigging a puppet can sometimes be a complicated process. When something breaks it can be difficult to figure out exactly what's wrong. The Rigging Issues panel is a helpful tool that will analyze your puppet for common issues and guide you through how to solve them. In this video we'll walk through how to use this new feature while fixing stationary and walking versions of a broken puppet.

Triggerable Audio

The latest version of Adobe Character Animator adds triggerable audio. Simply put, this lets you play an audio file at the same time as a triggered animation, such as a sound effect, voice, or song. In this tutorial we're going to run through the basics of adding audio to the Chloe puppet, and then show a more advanced example with Drumbot.

Download Drumbot at adobe.com/go/chexamples.

Cameras

Cameras let you add different shot types to your scenes, from wide / medium /closeup stationary shots to animated zooms and pans. Character Animator also lets you add shots to triggers, so you can press buttons to switch between shots live. This tutorial walks through a sample scene and teaches the basics of setting up camera systems for both recorded and live workflows. 

Download Linden & Robot at adobe.com/go/chexamples.

Basic Eye Rigging

We get a lot of questions about rigging eyes, so this video breaks down four different animated eye setups by walking through a free downloadable example project. You'll learn about basic eyes, off-centered eyes, eyes with large pupils and a cycle layer blink animation, and finally using eyelids. Copy or combine the concepts in these template faces to give your puppets' eyes more life and personality!

Download the Eyes example project at adobe.com/go/chexamples.