Fake 3D Walkcycles in After Effects
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Elementary knowledge of After Effects & Illustrator is required. Be sure to check the Fondamentals on After Effects Course before.
Minimum software requirements:After Effects (CC 2019+) Illustrator
2 hours 30 minutes
The masterclass is online, so you will have access to it 24/7
Shape the Character in Illustrator
Basic shapes, pen tool & a tiny bit of nonsense, that’s all you need for designing this peep! We will also use masks, pathfinding and a few other cool AI techniques.
Prepare Layers & Setup Workspace
Don’t rush straight into AE! A tidy workspace and good naming are the keys to be more effective. Let’s Marie Kondō this workflow (I assure you it’s fun).
3D Turn: Fake it!
Infinite round and round and round and round... Hacking 2D shape layers to get a 3D look requires some intricate knowledge, or not :)
Supercharge the Puppet Tool
It’s time to see the wobbly magic hidden behind this creepy function. Pin it, link it, offset it, these are some good ol’ tricks!
Secondary Wavy Action
We will see what a simple path animation can do for you. Meet your two new friends: Vertice and Tangent.
Frame-by-frame Walk Cycle
Okay, after all this warm-up, we are ready to punch some serious keyframes. And there will be a lot of them in this section. Let’s roll for cel-animation basics in AE.
Wrapping up & Finishes
You’d be surprised how simple finishes give another dimension to your design. I love shaking this screen, and you?
Access 2 more project files to go deeper in the masterclass principles
Hi, 👋 I’m a freelance illustrator and animator from Brussels. With design & code background, I found my way to this amazing Mograph community. I like cooking spicy food, twerk music and Legos. Trying my best to combine those with animation principles and bouncy loops!