Basics of animation in After Effects

You don’t have to be Glen Keane to get your characters moving! Learn some basic tips to start bringing your characters to life.

About this course

On this course we’ll learn how to animate a character in Adobe After Effects.

First of all, we’re going to carefully create our character in Adobe Illustrator, where we’re going to prepare the file. Then, we’ll move into After Effects, where we’re going to rig the character, and then, of course, animate it.

What project are we going to develop?

We’re going to develop a simple looping animation of a moving character. In this case, it will be a woman doing an aerobic exercise. It’s short and simple, yet complex and interesting; ideal to be exported as a GIF and shared on social media.

Who’s this course for? Requirements

I’ll be teaching you some intermediate aspects of Adobe After Effects, so if you want to improve your animation knowledge, this course is ideal for you!

If you have never used Adobe After Effects before, this course may be useful to you too, because I’ll be going over every detail carefully, and you’ll be learning most of the basics, especially in the first part.

You’ll need a copy of Adobe After Effects CC and Adobe Illustrator CC for this course.

Table of contents

The author

Diego Barrionuevo
Diego BarrionuevoTeacher

Diego Barrionuevo is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was born in 1984 and was nurtured by videogames, comic books and cartoons. Nowadays, he draws inspiration from that material to create all kinds of projects - from creating art for videogames to vector illustrations and motion graphics.

To learn more, visit

american-express behance calendar check cloud comment cross disabled down download dribbble envelope error exclamation facebook file filter folder globe google+ heart heart home inbox info instagram vimeo interogation laptop left linkedin lock logout marker master-card minus prev notification pause paypal pencil phone pinterest play forward plus prev refresh resize right save search settings share star stop stumbleupon support tablet tag thumb-down thumb-up time trash twitter unlock up upload url user visa warning youtube zoom-in zoom-out fire menu-burger eye paper-plane shopping-cart subtitles icon photo vector mockup video flame copyright volume list fullscreen stats earnings receipt bug replay beginner intermediate advanced English clip suitcase French Spanish Italian Brazilian happy neutral-happy neutral neutral-sad sad premium spinner cookie credit-card align-left align-center align-right justify bold underline italic typography link right-quotations list-editor