Hack Cel animation using After Effects (2020)

    Here is an easy trick for hacking professional frame by frame animation. (also known as cel animation) I’ll show you how to utilize After Effects and your iPad Pro to make your process of hand drawn animation easier.

    Cel animation can be intimidating! If you’ve ever attempted to take the plunge into traditional hand-drawn animation, you know how difficult it can be. When I first started dipping my toes into the traditional animation world, drawing every frame by frame, I struggled with slow in/slow out and timing ( the number of frames an action should take.)

    It just wasn’t as intuitive as the graph editor in Adobe After Effects. So I developed my own workflow that allows me to take advantage of the graph editor in After Effects to guide me in my traditional animations in Rough Animator.

    That way when I am drawing frame by frame, I’m reducing the amount of brainpower. All I have to do is focus on the drawing, and After Effects takes care of the spacing and easing. Doing things this way has opened up the possibility of many more dynamic 2D animations.

    In this video, I use Rough Animator which is an App you can get on the iPad Pro. However, this workflow will work with any animation software that can import video and export PNG sequences.

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