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5 Tips to Quickly make Photoshop Character Animations

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Bring your characters to life with ease with CrazyTalk Animator 3.1.

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Photoshop designers have all the tools to create amazing characters, but when you want to get those characters moving, the process of going from design to animation can be a little daunting. This is where Reallusion’s 2D animation software CrazyTalk Animator 3.1 (CTA) excels. With specialized Photoshop templates designed to make humans, creatures, talking heads and much more, you can quickly animate PSD characters, saving valuable set-up time. Here are five top tips for getting the most out of this powerful software.

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Top 5 Reasons to use iClone and Hitfilm

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Discover how iClone and HitFilm combine to create 3D animation, 3D models, and video editing capabilities…

iClone and HitFilm combine with outstanding results for incorporating 3D animation, 3D models, and video editing.  Here are the top 5 reasons I’ve found to use iClone and HItFilm together as a power-duo for 3D and video VFX.

iClone is a powerful 3D animation software, that stands out by being affordable, very intuitive and user-friendly. It has a surprisingly short learning curve, and it really boosts the performance of any animation process, allowing us to achieve spectacular results without the need of expensive and complicated resources.

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Top 3D Filmmaking Reasons for using iClone & HitFilm

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If you have ever created a 3D animated film, or any film for that matter then you know how labor intensive it can be. The planning, the scripting, the editing, the everything! There is so much to take into consideration that we often ask ourselves —

  • What is the fastest way to start?
  • Can a single person do it all?  
  • What tools do I even use?

… just the thought alone is enough to put anyone off from such a production.

The Good News is —  YES, there is a fast way. Yes, you can do it all on your own. And yes, there are tools for all of this.

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How can Adobe users Easily Animate with Thousands of FREE Mixamo Motions and 3D Characters

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If you are a Photoshop artist, a Dreamweaver designer, or an Adobe user with a Creative Cloud membership then we have some awesome news for you as now you can animate 3D characters with thousands of high-quality Mixamo animations for FREE!

…well sort of free because you still need a $9.99 membership. But it really is an all-you-can-eat at the Adobe animation buffet!

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iClone – Top 5 Best Uses of iClone in 2015

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For the past 15 years, iClone has been widely used in the world for everything from television programs, 3D film-making, video game development, pre-viz production, special effects, and just about anything.

In 2015, we were happy to see iClone being used in movie trailers, and in independent short films as iClone is a great tool for animators to express their creativity with. The use in the Jimmy Kimmel Live! TV show, and Toei Animation Studios previz show exactly just how far iClone has come, and matured, into a professional animation tool.

Here are our picks for the Top 5 Best uses of iClone in 2015!

Top 1.《The Walk Home》by Steve Cutts

This short film created a great atmosphere about the dark side of a city. Through a boy’s troubled journey across a hostile urban area, he experiences violence, flight, fire, guns, bullets, and in the end… death.

When the boy eventually encounters his own death, he sees all the dead spirits that he faced. It’s like he went through the dark side of humanity, and then suddenly a transformation happened – the evil inside broke through, and the human inside awoke. We chose this film as the best use of iClone in 2015, not just because it’s really well-made, but because of its  deep meaning.

Animator and illustrator Steve Cutts did an excellent job at setting the scene, character animation, story-telling and visual effects.  He created this film in After Effects and Photoshop, with additional 3D elements created in Cinema 4D and iClone.

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CrazyTalk – Top 5 CrazyTalk Animations of 2015

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Turning photos and images into instant talking heads, and talking pets, has been widely popular in animation and film-making since 2000, thanks in part to the first launch of CrazyTalk, the  world’s most popular facial animation software.

Every year, we are amazed to see how CrazyTalk is used globally in so many fun and creative ways, ways that awaken our curiosity and inspiration!

To pay tribute to these awesome CrazyTalk artists, we have selected the Top 5 CrazyTalk animations from 2015. Roll the tape!

Top 1.《Behind closed doors》by Jānis Skulme

Official music video for Olga Korsak’s song – “Behind closed doors”. A professionally made music video where they used CrazyTalk 7 to animate paintings and sculptures.

This CrazyTalk animated video perfectly demonstrates how CrazyTalk is not just a fun tool for creating talking heads and talking avatars, but that it also lends itself to professional and corporate applications with very high quality results that save artists, companies and studios lots of time, money and effort.

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iClone – Top 5 Adventure Animations of 2015

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Since its inception iClone has always been a fan favorite when it comes to creating 3D animated movies, due to its director’s chair perspective on fast and easy storytelling. For this and many other reasons, its no surprise that one can discover many great sci-fi / adventure films made with iClone 3D animation software.

Here we chose the Top 5 Adventure Animations of 2015 to pay tribute to all you adventure artists out there!

Top 1. 《Orphan Chronicles》  by Josh Osborne

When a planned delivery goes wrong, the Orphan and the delivery girl – Eve, discover more than they bargain for, setting the stage for a most entertaining story…

With outstanding cartoon-like characters, a stylized animation style, and fine attention to details this animated movie tops the list as the best iClone Adventure Animation for 2015. Congratulations on an awesome job guys!

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iClone – Top 5 Musical Animations of 2015

 

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iClone users worldwide create stunning animations that are often used in movie-making, commercial explainer videos, games, pre-visualizations and just about everything. And once in a while we stumble upon animated music videos that instantly make us smile. Some of these animations are created for professional projects while others are just created for fun. Either way, we would like to salute them by including them in our Top 5 Musical Animations for 2015!

Top 1.  Roberto Colombo – Another day in Paradise (Phil Collins)

Rather than a movie, Roberto Colombo decided to plug himself into a beautiful 3D world where he portrayed the duality of life in a constant struggle for balance. Roberto recorded videos of himself against a green screen, chroma keyed them out and, thanks to iClone 6 Pro, brought them into Another Day in Paradise.