Adobe recently released the latest update to Creative Cloud, including the Character Animator. Let’s take a more in-depth look at this innovative tool.

If you are a Creative Cloud user, then last week’s update gave you some really interesting tools. One of these tools is the Adobe Character Animator, which allows users to take artwork crafted in Photoshop or Illustrator and add motion.

In this introductory video from Adobe, we get a quick glimpse on how this tool will work.

To really get started, Adobe suggests you begin with “capturing your performance.” What’s interesting is the level of capture that Adobe Character Animator produces. This tool is certainly no slouch in terms of animation tools. Here’s what Adobe had to say on their site about how the capture works.

Character Animator reproduces your facial expressions, synchronizes mouth movements to your speech, and provides complete control over all aspects of a character’s movement.

One thing I believe could have great possibilities is the ability to write your own behaviors or incorporate behaviors from other users. This suggests that you’ll really be able to tweak your animations to impressive levels.

Here’s a quick end-to-end tutorial from Adobe Professional Video on how to effectively use Adobe Character Animator.

If that wasn’t enough, Jason Levine from Adobe gives us a detailed rundown of Adobe Character Animator.

Here’s an outline of what Jason covered in the walkthrough.

  1. Use Photoshop or Illustrator to create your multi-layered artwork.
  2. Choose File > Import to bring your artwork into Character Animator.
  3. Add a New Scene and place your character in that scene.
  4. “Set Rest Pose” using a webcam.
  5. Adjust your character parameters in the Properties Panel.
  6. Turn off Mouse and Keyboard trackers but arm Face and Lip Sync.
  7. Hit Record and give an award-winning acting performance.
  8. Click Stop and then hit the Space bar to preview your performance.
  9. Finally, go to File > Export > Scene.
  10. Open the newly exported scene in After Effects for final processing.

While Adobe Character Animator isn’t going to fully revolutionize animation, it does add a new and impressive tool to the toolbox. There are several possibilities available here and it’ll be interesting to see how artists use it.

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What are your thoughts on Adobe Character Animator? Like it, love it, hate it? Is it gimmicky or is there real potential there? Sound off in the comments below.