Swoop into your scene with 3D animation software.
Bring your 2D animation into a new dimension. Create amazing, fluid spatial effects by spreading your artwork in space and moving your camera to add dynamic movement.
Import vector drawings and backgrounds for your sequence. Scale and adjust to your stage project.
Define the spatial placement of the artwork layers and camera. Experiment with camera movement to see how artwork changes on the screen.
Choose your keyframes to animate your artwork. Once the movement in a scene has been defined, design your camera movements to pan and zoom through your animation.
Save and export
Save and export your animation. It can be used in games, web or video as an HTML5 Canvas, WebGL, Flash/Adobe AIR, GIF or QuickTime film.
Animation software with powerful 3D features.
Move your artwork in 3D space by shifting it closer or further from the screen. Create a consistent feeling of depth.
Rotate your artwork relative to the plane of the screen. Stretch your 2D artwork into the distance and create natural depth.
Perspective Angle and Vanishing Point
Accentuate or reduce the apparent depth of your animation by adjusting the Perspective Angle. Move the Vanishing Point to change the viewer’s position relative to the action.
Puppeting and live animation.
Give your vector art life by using puppeting controls for rapid animation. With facial controls and keyboard and mouse triggers, even create live animation.
Import background images, objects and character artwork. Scale and adapt your artwork to your stage and experiment with compositions.
Your computer webcam, MIDI device, mouse or keyboard can be linked to animation triggers. Define facial features, body parts and other artwork to move in response to your actions.
Add bones and joints to your animation. A character’s armature controls how it moves and creates a more life-like response to puppetry triggers.
Record and save
Act out your scene using your puppets. The finished sequence can be saved and added into a Character Animator sequence or used as a finished animation.
Features to make quick work of animation.
Set minimum intervals that your puppet holds a pose. Keep the animation from becoming too jittery. Lip sync behaviour is not affected by this feature, so speech still remains natural.
Set up your artwork to speed up puppet creation. Predefined object grouping names in your vector art are automatically rigged in Character Animator.
Export your animation in real time to Facebook Live, YouTube or another third-party app. With sufficient puppeteers and animators, you can do multi-character interactive broadcasts.
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Create profile artwork
Start off with a 2D shape representing a face or profile of your 3D model. This will become the basis for your 3D object.
Extrude and revolve
The 2D face or profile can be extruded to give it depth or revolved around an axis to create a complex surface.
Add and subtract
As in 2D vector art, you can add, subtract and combine artwork to build up detailed 3D drawings.
Artwork can be saved in AI, SVG or EPS format. Completed designs are now available to Animate CC or Character Animator CC through your shared Creative Cloud Libraries.
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One-, two- and three-point perspective grids let you snap align your artwork. Shift, scale and translate your designs quickly and automatically.
Wrap 2D artwork around a 3D object. Add textures, designs, labels or other surface effects to your 3D objects.
Make functional groupings of your artwork to speed up animation. Parts that move together can be put together in groups and subgroups to assist animation, adding bones and puppeting.
Create artwork for your 3D animation software, anywhere.
Build characters, design scenery, sketch storyboards. Follow inspiration when it hits and create wherever you are on your phone or tablet.
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Add visual depth to animation.
Use the parallax effect to create a sense of space and depth. Define the position of layers in space and use fluid camera pans and zooms to dive in and out of your stage.
Combine basic shapes into detailed illustrations.
Quickly build up sophisticated designs with the Shaper tool. Use freehand sketching to draw shapes and make gestures to add or subtract them.
Teach your character to walk.
Create automatic animations for your characters using preset effects. Define your puppet’s armature and bones to animate different gaits.
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