Making cartoons through After Effects is possible. No, you won’t make the next Pixar or Shrek with it. But you’ll have a great introduction to animation concepts that will apply to the 3D world, if you decide to continue with programs like Cinema 4d or Maya. Daniel Gies, from E.D Films, has a collection of tutorials that will help you do just that. I happened to find him through Digital Tutors and with a little help from Google, I was able to find out more of his contribution to the internet for people who are interested in getting their 2D animation on. Since seeing the wonderfully produced Angry Birds, animated series by Rovio, and how the creators use AE to make it happen, I’ve done a bit more digging on the internet on how to make cartoons with After Effects — So, I stumbled upon this (a 16 video playlist), along with other tutorials you’ll find here.
The beauty of this program is the integration and communication it has with it’s comrade apps like Premiere, Photoshop, and Illustrator. There’s no denying that this is the very thing that makes it powerful more than any other motion graphics and compositing apps. Of course, Photoshop and Illustrators files have become the standard and now are global accepted in most editing softwares.
The point is, if you’re like me, After Effects is a great place to start. Animation or not, it’s a great tool for video, titles, and other effects. My next internet scout will be on finding animators, or illustrators, either locally or globally (through the internet), to collaborate with for future projects. Because we all know, we can’t do everything.
For more tutorials by Daniel Gies, check these out.
- How To Create and Rig A Realistic Puppet at CGI Tuts.
- Rigging and Animating 2D Characters in After Effects at Digital Tutors.