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Character Design with Adobe Character Animator

Character Design with Adobe Character Animator

London College of Communication
Taught by
Francesco de Manincor


Use cutting-edge face-recognition from Adobe Character Animator to animate character on-screen whilst learning the traditional breakdown and hierarchy of character features.

The world of animation is moving fast and Character Animator is an exciting recent addition to the Adobe CC suite of software tools that is opening new frontiers to creators, allowing artistic freedom.During the five-day course, you will start by exploring the functionality of Adobe Character Animator interface to then dive in and start creating a character in Photoshop or Illustrator.You will breakdown the character to get it ready for animating, import in Character Animator and explore the animation possibilities of this tool.

Working in groups and individual assignments you will experiment with the latest features of the software and aim to create a short animated sequence. You will have the opportunity to export in different video and animation formats and take with you for further development or have the option to include in your animated showreel.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Adobe Character Animator software
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Integration of Character Animator with Adobe After Effects
  • Character Design
  • Character Development

Course Outcomes
By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of Adobe Character Animator software
  • Create and animate your character design
  • Explore animation and video formats as well as the integration of Character Animator with Adobe After Effects

Who Should Attend
Suitable for anyone interested or responsible for developing character design on Adobe CC software.

Beginners. Students should have some drawing skills and a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. Characters will be created in Photoshop or Illustrator and animated with Adobe Character Animator. You can also bring your existing character design to animate at the course.

Follow up courses
Once you have taken this course you may be interested in Adobe After Effects and Animation: Intermediate and Animation and Illustration Portfolio Preparation course.

Customised Training
We also offer Animation bespoke courses for groups, individuals and businesses. To find out more, visit our Customised Training page.

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Tutor Description

Francesco de Manincor is a character designer, animator and illustrator with a broad experience in visual storytelling, from storyboarding to animation. After studying Fine Arts and Art Direction, and working in comics, illustration and visual communication in his native Italy, Francesco moved to London and for the past 15 years has worked on commercial projects and taught digital media, design and animation, creating visual content, illustrations and concept art, editing videos, motion graphics, and designing characters for print and product applications.

Francesco likes to start by exploring ideas drawing on paper, to then complete production and post-production using digital tools, for the unbounded possibilities that these offer. He believes that it's all about realising our vision, about storytelling, to captivate and engage the viewer and create that little bit of magic.

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