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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.

Beginner Tutorials

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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 Single Character 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. 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, 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. 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 that collides 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 Tutorials

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 Eliza 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.

Complete Cartoon Workflow

Making a cartoon with multiple characters, background elements, music and sound fx, cameras, props, and credit screens can seem like an overwhelming amount of work. But in this tutorial, we’ll write a script in Google Docs, record and mix audio in Adobe Audition, draw artwork in Adobe Fresco, rig and animate in Adobe Character Animator, and finally composite everything together in Adobe After Effects.

Download the robot characters, background art, and credit screens at okaysamurai.com/puppets.

Cameras

Cameras let you add different shot types to your scenes, from wide / medium /closeup stationary shots to animated zooms and pans. 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.

Build Your Own Character

Full Workflow Tutorials

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.

Mixing Animation And Reality

Mixing animated characters on top of real footage can lead to some entertaining creative possibilities. We'll cover how to set up a walking, talking, guitar playing animated character in Character Animator using techniques like slow-motion recording and hand position swap sets. Then we'll show how to link the performance to Premiere Pro or After Effects to connect the character to real footage in convincing ways.

Adobe Fresco Workflow

Adobe Fresco is an incredible tablet drawing app. In this tutorial we'll walk you through a Fresco to Character Animator workflow - how to draw animation-ready characters in Fresco, sync them to Photoshop on the desktop to organize them, and finally do some light rigging in Character Animator to bring them to life.