Links & Tutorials

Below I’ve attached links to tutorials and websites that cover similar ideas and related material:


In her career as an animator, Angie Taylor has developed some powerful techniques for creating quick but compelling 2D animation, and in this workshop she shares those secrets with you. You’ll learn how to import layered files and paths from Illustrator into After Effects and how to animate flat vector artwork in both 2D and 3D space, and you’ll explore options for outputting your animations. The videos are short, focused, and solution-oriented, and all the project files are included so you can follow along as you go.

2D Character Animation in After Effects

This workshop from author and animator Angie Taylor will teach you how to use Illustrator’s tools and features to prepare 2D files for animation in Adobe After Effects. You’ll learn how to make the most of Illustrator’s drawing tools and Autotrace feature, and to how use Live Paint and Kuler to recolor artwork. You’ll also get tons of tips and tricks for giving artwork a hand-drawn look and find out how to set up layers, aspect ratios, and transparency options for importing into After Effects. The lessons are focused and solution-oriented, and all the project files are included.

Animated Character Design in Illustrator


These older tutorials by Aharon Rabinowitz for Light Writing in After Effects share some timeless tips and workflows for using fractal noise in conjunction with displacement maps to wiggle a static graphic and give it a hand-drawn feel.

Light Writing – Part 1

Light Writing – Part 2

In these tutorials, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to use Auto-Trace and Illustrator to create complex scribble animation in AE.

Working With the Scribble Effect – Part 1

Working With the Scribble Effect – Part 2 

A common question on the Adobe forums is how to make live-action footage look like a cartoon?  Although this tutorial goes all the way back to After Effects CS2, you’ll find that the lessons are quite timeless and can be applied to the latest versions of After Effects.

In this 3-part tutorial, Creative cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz explains the process of converting video to cartoon by using only After Effects and Adobe Illustrator CS2. While the tutorial spans 50 minutes and covers a wide range of topics (some in-depth and some in general), after you have gone through the process once, you will find that it’s easy to adapt the Cartoonification technique to your own needs.

Creating a Cartoon from Video


This video tutorial from Creative COW is designed to help all you Photoshopers out there by preparing few presets that will enable you to work in After Effects the same way you work in Photoshop.

Photoshoping in After Effects


Dan Ebberts is an excellent resource for writing expressions.  His website would be a good thing to check out for any inquiries about working with expressions in After Effects CS6.


He’s also a member of the Adobe forums and can often be found answering questions on the After Effects Expressions Forum


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