How to animate a monster

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    In this video tutorial you will learn how to create the illustration of a monster in Adobe Illustrator. You will also learn how to export it to Adobe Photoshop to use Photoshop’s timeline to animate it and add life to the illustration. Prepare to bring the magic of animation into all your projects.

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    Hello my name is Maria Keller and I`m a digital artist from Mexico. Today I'm going to show you how to create an illustration in Adobe Illustrator and exported to Adobe Photoshop to create a simple animation. All the keys and shortcuts used are going to be displaying screen so you can follow along. Let's begin. The first thing we're going to do is create a new document. I have already created mine to save time but I'm going to show you how I did it you're going to go here here file and go to you or you can press ctrl + under-keeper then this new document window is going to appear here. I select the size of 800 x 600 pixels and make sure that my color mode was RGB my rust effects work screen 72 PPA and I hate okay I'm gonna hit cancel because I have already done this you're going to have here in your document the first you are going to create is a hip so I'm going to select here the shadows or go here to the shape those probably by default you're going to see this rectangle to but if you click and hold the thing you're going to see the rest of their shape tools and if you release the click here with a little our is you're going to see that you can detach this window and place it down here that way because we're going to be using a lot of the shapes we can have them close to over canvas where you can present shortcuts whatever works for you i'm going to select the rectangle tool by clicking here or pressing them on the keeper and then i'm going to click and drag to create a rectangle here in the top you can find the shape properties and here you can see the rectangle with and rectangle height going to make the rectangle with 250 and the rectangle hide 180 pixels and now wait I have my rectangle also here on the top you're going to find their line tools and I'm going to click here to me sure that I'm aligning to my our book and then click here on the horizontal line center to make sure that my shape is unsettling now the next thing I'm going to do is wrong my corners i am using illustrator CC so as you can see i have these little circles on the corners of my rectangle and what they do is that they allow me to run my quarters by clicking on them and moving them if you don't have illustrator CC there are other there are other ways you can achieve this same effect you select your shape and go effect esta lies around corners and here you can see a little preview and by moving this radius value you can see how i can chip almost the same effect when I canceled because i am using CC and then we're going to use this circles to run the corners also hear it on the top where the shape property is you can see the corner radius here way to that 50 because I want my corners to be rounded on that radius then i'm going to feel the shape with a blue color they have already selected but you can feel free to make your monster in the colors you like then i'm going to go here to their lips Toller press L McKeever and creating the lips there's their own this size and I want to make this 600 x 7 and I want to fill it with white and I'm going to make another lips and this time i'm going to read it Terry by 35 pixels and i'm going to fill it with a darker blue color and as you can see now i have a live and a pupil and for me this is way to make the other eye on the other people is to select both shapes by clicking on one and this pressing shift the crew the other shape and go right click transform reflect and make sure that I'm reflecting on the vertical axis can preview here and make a copy now if I move it and it press shift it only moves from one direction you're going to see that i have both guys now now what they want to do select these I and then press shift to select your dry and go object comp out make or you can press ctrl 8-under t-burr then I want to select the face which shift and then i'm going to go right click transform sorry arranged and centre back or you can press ctrl shift open bracket i want to do the same with the people so i'm going to select them and object company tab made or press ctrl later keep I want to select all the shapes go here on the top two horizontal line center they are all online on the same axis and i'm going to create them out to create them out i'm going to go here to my pencil and go here in the middle of the ice and make a point and then go here and make another . but this time we're going to click and drag the loop now I'm going to swap the feeling stroke because this is a the color I 1 for my stroke and I want to select be so I presby on keyboard or select here the selection tool as you can see I made them out and then i'm going to select my mouth and you can go here to the stroke or you can if you don't have this window open can go window stroke or press ctrl f 10 and i want to change the weight 24 and here on the top you can see the Bible with profile and want to click there and select the way to provide one so this has a little bit of difference between the one . and another . I'm going to make some thanks so I'm going to go a little closer by pressing ctrl + and then if you want to pan here you press the spacebar or press each keyboard and you select the the hand tool I'm going to go to the pant leg in selecting here putting piano keyboard and then I'm going to make a point here then another point here then another one here and close and then make another point here i want to make him and I'm trying to make a little triangle so they are the facts and i'm going to my selection tool for presently capable and select all of them and feel them with a white corner and remote strokes and there you go we have to fax now I want this stroke to be on the front so I want to select that one and right-click and I'm going to arrange and bring the front of shift control close bracket ok now i'm going to create some horns for my monster so i want to go here again to the rectangle tool or press m and I want to make some rectangles on this size I want to make them 60 by kerry and I'm gonna fill them with a darker blue color and i'm going to send in the back again you can do transports re-arrange centre back or ctrl shift open bracket now I want the top of the rectangle to be rounded so I'm gonna go to my direct selection tool or press the keyboard and make a selection of the the top anchor points of my shape and then i'm going to move them and make sure they're going to make the corner 10 pixels that sorry probably less probably five so they have some roundness and as you can see already that the ones that i selected the ones around the top other ones are getting around it the other ones are still straight and will never use my hand tool to a little talk you can press the spacebar on the keyboard and i'm going to select the pan tool again to make some other triangles by making a point here and then make another point here with trying a little bit and then making another point here and close the shape and i'm going to select this page color and i'm going to send it back again concentrate Open bracket and now i'm going to select both the shape and the shape and move them and when while moving it and went to press old so I create a copy and shift so i can move it only one direction and they have both my my my heart and I'm going to select them and i'm going to actually group them by pressing ctrl G or go here and sarika object-group now i'm going to select this new group that i created and make sure that I'm aligning to the horizontal line center about their second and at this point i can actually own group this because I don't need them to be grouped ok now i want to create some hair for my character so want to go to the panto and make a point here on the middle of the harms and drag so i can create these handles then I'm gonna go here and drag again so they can make car and then i'm going to go here and just click then i'm going to go here and track the little bit and then just click the rack a little bit and just click directly and click and tracks that you can make in these nice of handles and there you go you have a piece of him and I'm going to fill it with a kind of green and blue color ok now the next thing i want to do is now that i have created the head to make sure that i'm working in an organized way so I'm gonna rename this later hat ok so next thing I wanted to screw the body and i'm going to actually go here to my layers if you don't have your laters I window open the window and find laters of press f7 f7 and here you're going to create in your later by clicking on this icon and i'm going to name this new later body and this new later i'm going to create a rectangle with a rectangle to replace my keyboard and make a rectangle around this size and then i'm going to change the values 202 pixels to repeat and one at I wonder body to be behind head so i'm going to go to the layers and click on the body and drag it down so it's below the hip and again I'm going to align it to my horizontal and center so it's sitting on the center of this cat now just decided before I want around just two of the corners now the four of my of my rectangles or take that and i'm going to select that directs election tool or press a on the keyboard and select the bottom corners of of my shape and then I'm going around them and this time going around them all the way to the center just going to four pixels and now i have my body and I'm going to change the color to a green color ok now i want to create one arm so i want to create a new layer and place it below the body and then this lady here are four sorry and this is going to be the monsters left time but in my eyes is a right arm so i'm going to call this right are you want to select the shape and go to i'm gonna select make sure that I'm that i am on the right arm layer and then press it p or go to the pencil and then just go here and make another point here what track a little bit then we can live . here but Michael B and then we can . here and i would actually get a little closer so I can see find and replace control plots couple of times and then i'm going to click and drag here and then click-and-drag here and then click-and-drag here then just click and then click and drag a little bit as you can see we have our around and view them the like a point of your own like for example i think my Tom here is too big you can go to direct selection tool press a and just like that that anchor point that you didn't like and move it around so that you get the shape that you like ok so you want to move this anchor point to and i have one of the Arts i'm going to create on my body on the layer of the body i'm going to select the pencil make kind of a rectangular shape probably going to control seat window like that and then I'm gonna go here and then here here here and now instead of closing it and we're going to click and drag a little bit then click here then click in the wreck a little be think he can drag the little bit again they can drive a little bit and then just click and I have my hand and just like I told you before if you have something that you like i just press a hundred people are ten you can go to the direct selection tool and move around your Iraq or . so so they are on the place where you where you feel like your hands are working ok and here we're going to actually move this angle . here's the bit lines with their art and there you go i have the other arm now I want either one this this straight kind of angle here so when I go to the direct selection tool and make a selection all day the anchor points that are here and then just around the corners as much as I can it's going to be like that and now we have around it quarter ok and I'm going to select these arms and actually make them a little bit darker and I want this hand to be on its own later i'm going to select this time we're actually i'm going to first create in your later and i'm going to call this new year left if you don't know how to rename only here because i think i have omitted that so far you're going to double click on the name and that's how you can rename the layer is important your name your layers because that way you are going to know exactly where your pieces are going to be so this part of the arm i just want to send it to the back so going to shift open bracket and then this i'm going to select his hand and you can see when just like this you're going to see this little square right next to the two-layer all you have to do is just click there and drag it to the new layer to want to change this election so I'm going to change hit to left arm and now they are missing its own layer and I'm going to move it all the way to the top because I wanted to be on the front and now we have both arms and went to select to create a new layer so you can place it all the way to the bottom and i'm going to rename this layer next time okay and when I look at the panel login and then make a point here and then make another point here and then make another point here but this time you're going to click and drag a little bit and then we can track a little bit and there you go now you have a fit now again you can select the direct selection tool or press a and more pure anchor points and search you're satisfied with your work and again if you want to make the other leg all you have to do is right-click transform reflect and make a copy of it and there you go now i'm going to select both my legs and i'm going to actually grow them temporarily right pressing ctrl key and then i'm going to make sure that they are aligned but clicking here on the horizontal and center and and I'm going to ungroup them by right-click or here and click here in a group or you can go edit sorry object and control shift your press here ok now i have my legs back where I want now i'm going to create the line so we're going to swap the colors and make a stroke and we want to make it black so you can see what I want to do and i'm going to select my pencil by clicking here putting me on my keyboard and I want to make a point here and then the point here then I want to be killed another point here but i'm going to drag a little bit to make a little car and then I'm gonna press be so i can go to my direct selection tool and I'm going to do the same with the other leg so i'm going to press p on my keyboard and make a point here then here and there another hero dragging a little bit and now we're going to use the pathfinder tools and you can have the pint find there a window open you can go here window at finder or control ship at nine and you want to have this part find their tools and i'm going to select both my leg and the line and just created and i'm going to go here to the Pathfinders and I'm going to find this one the first one is called divide and what this is going to do is going to divide the shape by the line that i just created I want to do the same with the other one and probably didn't see a change more than the the outline is changing and that is because the shapes are grouped i'm going to select them right click and go on group that way i'm going to have individual pieces and i'm going to make the part that are going to be kind of the shoes a darker blue card ok there there we go we're almost done and i'm going to select their the lips toe and make a little shade in there and send it to the backcountry Open bracket and fill it with their with a great color okay i want to control a minus-2 to go a little soon out this you might my character and i think that's that's looking great and one thing we can do is play a little bit with his body so I'm gonna play I win a price P and make sure that i'm going to lay your body and I'm going to make some lines by just making a point and then make another point here and dragging a little bit to make a little Corp and then if you want to break the tension see because I want them to be like straight here i'm gonna click here again on the anchor point and that's going to break that and then I'm going to do the same here and then it doesn't matter if you have a shape looking like this and went to the same here and I want to select all the shapes with the selection tool and make them a darker green and I want to select all the shapes with shift and then i'm going to go edit caught or control x i'm going to select the body and go here to select the drawing side mode and then i'm going to go edit paste in place or ctrl shift be and as you can see when you go to the drawing side mode every shape that you the only ever shape that your pace there's going to be a mask with your original shape and if you double-click outside that you're gonna be outside that molten you're going to be back to draw normal so that's it now i have to think what i want my character to do an illustrator so I want my character to blink and to make it blink i'm going to create the eyes that are going to be different so i'm going to select the appeals and the eyes by pressing shift and i'm going to create the new later i'm going to call this ledger ice and then again just like I told you before you're going to go find this little square right next to the layer and you're gonna move it to the laser would you want to move the selection now the ice on its own layer and I'm going to click on the eyes and then go to the and try this later to the new layer and that way i'm going to make a copy you can see I help a copy of the ice and i'm going to rename these two eyes two and what I want to do is when you close your eyes you can have your eyelids and covering your your people so i'm going to go to the pencil and when I make go make sure that i'm a nice to and click here then click here then go all the way around and they click here and then go all the way around close my shape then we're going to do the same with the other side or the other I sorry and there you go i'm going to select both these shapes so these four shapes and I'm gonna fill them with the darker blue color and i will also select the pupils and I want to go edit cut then i'm going to select the the eyes and then i'm going to go again to throw inside mode and then i'm going to place them by going to edit paste in place or culture should be as you can see now they are masked inside that the circles that are making the ice so I'm gonna duplicate this and to make another copy and i'm going to call this guys treat and this is 3 i'm going to double-click and when you double-click you access all the shapes are inside here your mask and i'm going to select everything and then press shift + select the ice so I select them and actually first I'm going to do anything I want to select the size and and go to the darker blue that i picked and then i'm going to select everything but the eyes and the lead them as you can see I have this ice around their blue and i'm going to select the pencil and go here in the middle of the eyes and create a line and then make it a little bit dragon little bit to make it a little bit Corp and I'm going to use my my eyedropper tool press I on my keyboard to select the same color that I had on the the mouth and you can see they are the same but this one doesn't have the the weight profile i'm going to add it and then i'm going to select this and press alt + shift to make a copy and just move in one direction and we will go now we have a rise close your eyes kind of close eee and were open eyes and he's going to help us a lot when we go to photoshop and creator animation ok so now we're ready to export our work to photoshop and i would recommend that you save your work all the time because it's okay that it's sometimes the program crashes or something save your work and then you're going to go five export and you're going to go expert ass and here you're going to make sure that you save as type as photoshop busy i'm going to you can call it whatever you want but I'm gonna call the most animation and I'm gonna hit export and didn't hear you're going to make sure that your color mode is the same the RGB we picked at the beginning our solution is the same 72 PPI and that you select the right Ledger's and you can embed or not you're icc profile and you're going to hit OK and depends on your computer so you're right now you're going to have a 44 file select I mean sorry safe so when I go to photoshop now and i'm going to open my monster animation that i just created okay great and as you can see it exported all the layers that I have an illustrator and it what it did is that it constrain the proportions to just where you had your last pixel so I'm gonna go here on the crop tool and make it a little bit bigger so that they can have the same thing that I had before and in here on the top you can select this 800 600 600 pixels so that it has the same way two hours before and then you're going to select from ok so now we have all our layers you can see they have around my eyes and everything there ok good so next thing we're going to do is go window and we're going to go timeline and this is going to open the animation on photoshop and i'm going to create a period of time by clicking here and create video timeline and you can see here that now everything every layer that I had here has a laser also here on the timeline so we're going to see what I want to first i'm going to make the link so i'm going to select eyes 1 i'm gonna hide the layers for now and I'm going to go and make it i want to go to that to the ends of the time and just click and drag to try to make this layer smaller want to make sure you're gonna make him not that smaller but this one the eyes too i'm going to make it like this site at last just a point 0 2 seconds and then there is three and one and the same and then here I'm going to select the ice layer and I'm going to go here to the resource after I do this and I want to get scissors so they have one piece of of the later that has that that same length as the other and then i have the other that it's longer so I'm going to have the eyes and then I want to move by by clicking on the center that way can move the whole layer and move it here and then the is-3 here little handwrite one of the ice 3 and I want to move my ice copy the one that I caught before and then I'm gonna and my timeline by going here and running around a sec now we fight press the spacebar you can see that the animation begins ok so you can see how this is this guy's blinking and probably if you don't like it that is that this guys doing it so fast you can add one more second will probably double it by going for you can play around with this and here on the bottom you can see it you can make this smaller or bigger so you can really see what you're doing so for now we're going to go back to 2i think that's that's good but that was a group ok so now we have a link now I want to move the arm so I want to go too many dangers find the arm this one that time and i'm going to go right click I want to show your way when it's because finger to the left i'm here and if you click on this little arrow here you're going to find the things that you can t frame on the list on photoshop sorry so it's a position the opacity and style so this is great because you can play with this and if you want to for example and made the positions you just click here and you can make that problem make that property being animated in any way you want but in my case I want to a keyframe the transformation because i want to rotate my arm someone over right click and compare these aren't to a smart object and when i do that and I again open the properties that i can different i can see that i can now different the transform so i'm going to go to the beginning and set a key frame but clicking here on the stopwatch and then i'm going to go here around ten frames different scoot and click again but this time we're going to get a little closer so you can see by clicking ctrl + and i'm going to press ctrl T to bring my transformation and insurance in the middle is the anchor point so I'm going to move it around here and just move my arm here and hit enter now you can say that the arm rotates just someone that I'm going to go to the frame 20 and silky and I want the same position as the first one so when I click on that one to right click and hit copy and then click on this one and right-click paste and i'm gonna show you 1i just it but I just see this is that right now you can see that my character is waving and saying hi by just doing these little logo animation and the next thing i want to do is work a little bit with the other arm so i'm going to go to the right arm and again and when I click and convert this to a smart object so i can get from the transform and i'm going to open it so i can see the transform be friends and I'm going to go and say that you're from here again saying that I did on the upper part 1 sorry other and I want to make another keyframe here and this time again I'm going to get closer little bit by pressing ctrl + + ctrl T to open a transformation we're going to move my ankle . my own . here and then moving just a little bit here and get it and then again i'm going to go to the frame 20 and i'm going to say that key and we're gonna go click on the first key frame so i can make a loop and make copy and then go to this keyframe and paste that same motion so I'm gonna go here and want to make a premium-grade pressing the spacebar and you can see how that are also more seven and the reason why one and one that arm to mobile it is because i want everything but the legs to move a little bit down because when characters are still they are not like complete still the mobile little bit so I'm gonna go and select all majors by clicking on this right down and then pressing shift and clicking on my left arm and the way we would select all my leaders and I'm going to right-click and i'm going to convert to smart object and all the animation i did before is still there but now I can go to my lifetime and select my transform again and then go to 10 probably and going to ctrl + a little bit and I'm going to move it a little bit down and then i'm going to go ahead to frame 20 make another keyframe and just decided before go to the first keyframe and right click to copy the animation and into the last one right click to pasty sorry the position ok so now i'm going to show you what is it now we have these look like they're going open down and all the other motions with it before and there you have your gif you can export and i'm going to show you how you can do that you're going to go file export save for web in illustrator CC it says legacy or you can press ctrl out ship s and then this the export window is going to appear and here you're going to change the PNG four give or give depends what you want and i'm going to select instead of once i'm going to select forever so that it the looping options is forever and you can play here the animation to have a little preview and now we don't have a background we could have won 2-1 to have a background but if you want it just to be white you can uncheck the transparency and then you won't be transparent and i'm going to save this gift or give as monster animation and there we go with this you have going to have your file that is going to show that you can show your friends reports on social media and now i would encourage you to see what you can do with the animation properties and try to probably at style or play with your capacity and see what you can get with your projects i hope you have enjoyed this tutorial thank you very much for watching

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