Designing Animatable PSD Characters in Procreate by Chad Troftgruben

Designing Animatable PSD Characters in Procreate

Learn how to properly design image based characters for animation in Moho, Animate CC, After Effects, Character Animator and more!

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Learn Design Basics

Learn how to design the head, hair, body, eyes, eyebrows, mouth and other facial features.

Go From Sketch to Finished Result

This course takes you step by step through designing a character from scratch. Sketching, inking, coloring, shading and highlight are all covered.

Learn Proper Layer Ordering

Designing characters with animation in mind requires multiple layers and pieces to be effective. We keep this concept front and center, showing you what layers you should have and the best way to lay them out.

Multiple Ways to Rig and Animate

Once you finish this course you have a number of options for rigging and animating your character. The character PSD can be imported and broken down into individual layers with most animation software correctly handling the layout.

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Contents

Downloadable Source Files
Accessing Course Exercise Files
2 mins
Animatable_Characters_Files.zip
19.1 MB
Introduction
What You Will Learn in this Course
3 mins
Adjusting Canvas and Resolution
4 mins
Setting Up a Reference
5 mins
Quick Overview of Procreate
14 mins
Sketching Our Character
Sketching the Head
8 mins
Adjusting and Refining Head Sketch
4 mins
Sketching the Hair
6 mins
Sketching the Body
10 mins
Sketching the Limbs
10 mins
Adjusting Arms
5 mins
Cleaning Up Sketch
8 mins
Inking the Head
Examining Layer Hierarchy and Layout
13 mins
Setting Up Document for Inking
3 mins
Inking the Head
8 mins
Inking the Hair
11 mins
Inking the Hair Strands
6 mins
Inking Ponytail
6 mins
Inking the Body
Inking the Torso
10 mins
Inking the Jacket
7 mins
Inking the Neck and Collar
8 mins
Inking Limbs
7 mins
Inking Hand Poses
6 mins
Duplicating Front Limbs
14 mins
Coloring the Character
Coloring the Head
13 mins
Coloring the Body
5 mins
Coloring the Limbs
9 mins
Shading the Character
Shading the Face and Hair
15 mins
Shading Bangs, Eyes and Ponytail
10 mins
Other Ways to Shade
8 mins
Shading the Body
7 mins
Shading the Limbs
8 mins
Shading the Feet
4 mins
Shading the Hands
9 mins
Highlighting the Character
Highlighting the Head
11 mins
Highlighting the Body
7 mins
Highlighting the Limbs, Feet and Hands
10 mins
Merging Shading and Highlighting Layers
6 mins
Creating Additional Mouth Poses
Sketching Out the Phonemes
14 mins
Inking the Phonemes
9 mins
Coloring the Phonemes
7 mins
Shading and Highlighting the Phonemes
10 mins
Shading and Highlighting Lips
8 mins
Sketching Profile and Front Head Views
Creating Guides for Head Phases
10 mins
Sketching the Front Head Phase
9 mins
Sketching the Front Hair Phase
6 mins
Reviewing Front Head Symmetry
9 mins
Sketching Profile Head and Hair
12 mins
Wrapping Up
Exporting File for Animation
5 mins
Final Thoughts
2 mins