Animate a character with these 4 top tips

Character animation is a time-consuming business that normally requires several processes, all performed by a different specialist. It starts with the character designer (we'll leave scenery to another time) and then onto the poser – the main animator. With the aid of assistant animators, the animator will work through all the key poses as pencil drawings. Only then would it move to the finishing, which is where we add colour and create the final treatment.

It's important to understand the basics, at least, of each part of the process. You can do this using just Photoshop CC and the free AnimDessin2 add-on, which enables you to easily draw animations frame-by-frame; simply follow these steps.

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Rafael Pires has a showreel packed with work from eight years as an illustrator and 2D animator.