Animating Puppets

How To : Animate puppets in Flash CS4

Flash CS4’s new inverse kinematics tools allow users to create and arrange symbols in a collection called an Armature. These armatures contain bones that have relationships with other elements which can be animated. Users can create and control their own dancing puppet. You co ...more

How To : Animate characters in After Effects CS4

This Adobe CS4 software tutorial shows you how to animate characters in After Effects CS4 using the puppet tool. Learn how to use the puppet tool to apply pins to control movement, and record movements. Also preview the puppet overlap and puppet starch tools in After Effects C ...more

How To : Keep armature puppet standing without a tiedown

Armatures basically stand up on their own, but while animating, the balance might become uneven and precarious. An easy way to keep the puppet standing is to give the armature large feet. Watch this video animation tutorial and learn how to build an armature puppet that will s ...more

How To : Make replacement mouths for stop motion armatures

Mouths are so expressive, which can be tricky to animate. A simple way to capture the movement is to craft several mouths to alternate. Watch this video animation tutorial and learn how to make replacement mouths for stop motion animation armature puppets. Part 1 of 2 - How to ...more

How To : Build a stop motion animation stage

This short construction tutorial video shows how to build a small, simple stage from scratch specifically for animating a claymation or stop motion animation project. Construct the ideal world for your claymation characters or stop motion animation armatures and puppets. All y ...more

How To : Add skin and paint to a stop motion puppet

Are you a fan of those old-school animated stop-motion movies? You can make your own easily, and the best way to get started is to make some durable, bendable puppets. Check out this video to learn how to add skin to puppets and paint them.

How To : Use the puppet tool in After Effects CS3

This tutorial shows you how to use the Puppet Tool in Adobe After Effects CS3. The Puppet Tool can be used when compositing in 2D or 3D space to manipulate and animate layers. If you are new to After Effects or have never used the Puppet tool, this tutorial will get you starte ...more

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