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Drawing Animation After Effects

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Hello, today I prepared After Effects tutorial about one-line drawing animation. I think I did very easy scene here but it looks so clear and dope. Shurima champs. At its core, animation is created when an object changes over time. With traditional frame-by-frame animation, that’s a drawing whose subject moves a little with each frame. When all the frames are played back, it creates the illusion of motion. In After Effects, you create animation by changing a.

Learn to simulate hand drawn animation in this After Effects tutorial.

Sometimes sleeker isn’t necessarily better. If the style of your projects calls for an organic, hand drawn look check out the following After Effects video tutorial by Daniel Brodesky for LesterBanks.com. The tutorial covers the fundamentals of animating in After Effects, including:

  • The Roughen Edges effect
  • Fractal Noise
  • Transfer Modes
  • Shape Paths

Hand drawn doesn’t have to mean amateur or rudimentary. When purposefully designed and executed, this animation style can give your project an organic or whimsical look.

This video was first shared on LesterBanks.com – an awesome online resource for the latest tutorials and inspiration on motion graphics and animation.

If you enjoy the look and feel of hand-drawn animation than I highly recommend checking out our interview with motion designer Cento Lodigiani. He helped create a visual guide to the 12 principles of animation created by the animators at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Know of any other ways to create a hand-drawn look in After Effects? Share in the comments below.

Warning: To explain this effect, I will dive a little deeper into the matter. If you don't feel like it, or just want to experiment yourself, you can download a small sample project here. Enjoy!

Okay, now we've lost everyone with a short attention span. For those who haven't run away yet: Hello! to create a hand-drawn animated film aesthetic, you should pay attention to two things: The frame rate and - because I can't think of a better word - the shape.

Part 1: The Frame Rate

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Without going into too much detail, it can be said that 24 frames per second (fps) are a common standard in today's film industry. Large-scale animated movies by Disney and similar companies usually work with this frame rate. Such productions - considering that every picture has to be drawn by hand - cost a lot of time and therefore a lot of money. There is a reason why the profession of the 'Inbetweeners' was invented, so that the main animators' arms wouldn't fall off from exhaustion.

Drawing Animation After Effects


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Smaller productions such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series did not have as big of a budget and therefore had to be produced much faster and cheaper. What is the easiest way to save costs? You just draw way less images. That's why classic Saturday morning cartoons were produced 'on twos' or even 'on threes'. In other words: out of 24 frames per second only every 2nd, 3rd or even 4th frame was drawn. This reduced the frame rate considerably, without compromising the movement.