Breathing some new life into his “From Paper to After Effects” Series, Daniel Gies extends the tutorial series showing an extensive behind the scenes look at what it takes to get a character from design to animation in After Effects, covering in depth character set up and animation.

In this video we go over the process I took for making a simple, fast acting, ink pen in Photoshop. This is an ideal tool for drawing and cross hatching in large compositions like the one used for Rocket Randee

We get the benefit of learning from Daniel’s work and experimentation in this area, as he has really been the driving force behind creating and animating characters effectively in After Effects. In the first part of the series, Daniel covers concepts like canvas size for creating characters, ink marks, shape dynamics for brushes in photoshop, transfer dynamics in photoshop, dual brushes and scatter count.