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Eric ChardCartooning in AE7?
by on Sep 14, 2011 at 7:12:52 pm

I'm working on a 2D project, and wondered about the best way to approach certain simple tasks when 'cartooning' in AE7.

For instance: blinking. For the first segment I just applied a brute force approach, and used a layer that I popped in and out w/Opacity keyframes.

But it strikes me that using Time Remapping may be a more flexible approach: make the character blinking as a pre-comp, and use Time Remap keys to coordinate the time of blinking. At the least, this eliminates one layer in a crowded timeline.

Anyone do any cartooning in AE7? Remember, this is one version BEFORE the 'Puppetry' plugin was released with AE. (Dagnabit.)

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Todd KoprivaRe: Cartooning in AE7?
by on Sep 14, 2011 at 7:17:57 pm

There are some character animation resources linked to from here that show how to do character animation with time remapping.

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Michael SzalapskiRe: Cartooning in AE7?
by on Sep 14, 2011 at 7:30:10 pm

I just linked someone to that Aharon Rabinowitz tutorial just the other day!

Some other good cartooning things in AE might be useful for you:
Inverse Kinematics: http://www.motionscript.com/design-guide/ik.html

Walk Cycle: http://library.creativecow.net/articles/ebberts_dan/layer_looping.php

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Eric ChardRe: Cartooning in AE7?
by on Sep 15, 2011 at 9:37:22 pm

Inverse kinematics in AE7??

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Michael SzalapskiRe: Cartooning in AE7?
by on Sep 15, 2011 at 9:54:56 pm

Yes. I think the page I linked to was from back on AE 6.

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Eric ChardRe: Cartooning in AE7?
by on Sep 16, 2011 at 7:56:35 pm

INteresting. I wonder if there's a way to use IK and to get a nice solid outline around the (outside of only) character, as the art direction requires.

Thanks for the link.

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Michael SzalapskiRe: Cartooning in AE7?
by on Sep 16, 2011 at 11:55:08 pm

You can get an outline by precomposing your character animation and adding Vegas or Glow to the precomp and messing with the settings.

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