Animation has grown in the last couple of years. Details have become an important factor and more intricate characters are being drawn. This not only applies to just artists on paper, but also graphic designers. This is why artists are constantly on the road to bettering themselves. Do you want to improve your graphic skills?
A lot of us have heard about cel shading for static images, but what about using it for your animations? If you want to boost your skills and give your art a brand new life, then this is one of the best ways to do that.
Cel Shading, also known as toon shading, is the process of making 3-D computer graphics appear to be flat by using less shading color instead of a shade gradient or tints and shades. It is meant to mimic the style of a comic book or cartoon, making it perfect for an animated series or game.
The best part is that you don’t need to learn any new and complicated software, you’ll learn how to cel shade using Photoshop or a similar program such as CrazyTalk Animator 3.2. While, we will cover Photoshop, CrazyTalk Animator is a much easier program as it lets you jump back and forth between the two, to make little modifications here and there, and have them update in CrazyTalk Animator.
This course has been designed to help you learn how you can master the art of animation and cel shading.
What you will learn in this course:
Basic concepts of cel shading and the program
The different masking techniques used to shade comfortably.
How to use the different tools like masking, clipping mask, and the Magic Wand Tool so you can extract pieces of your characters and add shadows and highlights to increase the quality of your image
You will learn how to add images as texture
How to stylize a layer with filter effects
The theory to really understand lights and shadows, using simple shapes as examples
Then we will analyze some common mistakes that a lot of beginners make when they are starting with techniques to add shadings, comparing the different ways to do it.
Then after you know the basics, we will move on to the practical part.
Using an interactive and fun approach, you will actually get hands on with the animator along with the instructor. In addition to theory, we offer some amazing practical exercises that you can follow to help you take action and understand each concept and technique to its fullest.
From adding simple shadows to a character, to using soft shadows, texture and depth to the hair of your characters, and even learn how to create texture for your backgrounds. And after you finish with all the exercises, we will move on to improve a whole scene, from start to finish, and at the end, we will compare the before and after.
Then, if you know about the principles of animation, we will dig into one of the newest features on CrazyTalk Animator 3.2 that lets you apply the follow through principle to your characters, in a lesson in which we animate the hair as a separate accessory.
And, to finish off with the course, you will learn why a lot of graphic designers are now using CrazyTalk Animator to pose their characters for their designs. Why? Because it’s simple and easy, with one click you can export any frame of your animation, or any character in any pose into Photoshop.
So, what are you waiting for? Enroll now and take your visual to the next level!
With a background of 10 years in the film industry at Autumn Leave Films, and with over 30 short films produced to this date, we are a group of animators who love to share everything we know about animation, from pre-production, animation, to post production.
Our aim is to equip future animators with all the necessary techniques and tips to help them do better projects. Our courses will help beginners along with intermediate users.
We have helped more than 22,000+ students to discover techniques and all the knowledge they need to start animating their projects.
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