• 6 Free Tutorials for Learning How to Animate in One Hour or Less
    3D & Animation

    6 Free Tutorials for Learning How to Animate in One Hour or Less

    Add movement to your ideas with a little help from Domestika teachers From the first magic lanterns to super 3D audiovisual productions, animation is an art that never ceases to amaze. Many creators and brands favor this technique to convey their ideas, tell a story, and provide information clearly while entertaining their audience. Animation is reaching more and more ground on social media too. If you want to learn to animate to expand your portfolio, rest assured that this technique is not as complicated as it seems. Have a look at the selected tutorials below, designed to learn a skill in 60 minutes or less. To access the content, simply click on the red titles. Procreate Tutorial: How to Create a Gif Using Static Images GIF is one of the most widespread digital graphic formats today, allowing you to reproduce animations with a maximum of 256 colors. GIFs are small in size and communicate ideas in a simple way, which is why it this format is perfect for social media. If you want to learn how to animate photos or illustrations, check out this tutorial by Natalia Rojas (@LosNaked), a Colombian designer who will teach you how to take still images and turn them into a GIF to share on multiple platforms.

  • 6 Online Professional Animation Courses for Beginners
    3D & Animation

    6 Online Professional Animation Courses for Beginners

    Learn 2D and 3D animation techniques, character design, typography, and more from top professionals When Pixar released its much-loved animated film Toy Story back in 1995, 3D illustration was far from being mainstream. In fact, the studio took a big gamble with the film... and it paid off. Toy Story grossed more than $300 million and paved the way for a new market that continues to expand today. If we look back at the different uses of animation that we’ve seen since then, 3D language has become a standard format for telling infinite stories, from television series to video games, coming on in leaps and bounds as technology has evolved.

  • After Effects Shortcuts to Become a Professional Motion Grapher
    Pro 3D & Animation

    After Effects Shortcuts to Become a Professional Motion Grapher

    Discover in this video tutorial the essential shortcuts for working with the animation and effects software Carlos "Zenzuke" Albarrán (@zenzuke) is a motion graphics director and animator and founding partner of Maaambo studio. Carlos uses the program Adobe After Effects to experiment with animation and has created a casual and colorful style that has impressed the most prestigious production companies and agencies in Spain, resulting in him becoming one of their regular collaborators. Carlos has been freelancing as a 2D and 3D animation specialist for over 10 years. Not only does he know how to make the most of the tools offered by Adobe After Effects, but he is also an expert in teaching others how to use them. Using a rigorous method and sharing his extensive experience, Carlos can turn you into an advanced motion graphics designer who works confidently and makes efficient use of their time. In this exclusive video tutorial for Domestika's PRO community, the expert director explains how to simplify your creative processes using some essential keyboard shortcuts. Like many other programs, After Effects enables you to execute actions and methods in a matter of keystrokes. This helps to reduce the time spent on repetitive tasks so you can focus more on the creation, composition, and execution of your ideas. Discover them below with Zenzuke!

  • 10 Amazing Star Wars Tribute Projects
    Domestika

    10 Amazing Star Wars Tribute Projects

    Celebrate Star Wars Day and be inspired by these projects from the Domestika community based on Star Wars' incredible universe Since its first release in 1977, Star Wars' success has not ceased to grow. The conflict between the Light Side of the Force (Jedis) and the Dark side (Sith) is part of cinema history and popular culture. Also, it is a source of reference for creatives all over the world. Star Wars Day is celebrated every year, on May the 4th. For this occasion, we have collected 10 projects, by artists from the Domestika community, inspired by George Lucas' saga. They encompass different styles and techniques, all aiming to pay homage to a universe born "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away." If you want to know more about the creative process of each piece, click on the red title. Leave us a comment at the end of the post, and tell us which is your favorite. Doodles Star Wars, by The Moog (@themoogoriginal) Brazilian graffiti artist The Moog is an expert in doodle art. All sorts of Star Wars-themed details intermingle in this illustration. To complete his tribute, he included the most iconic saying from the saga. You cannot miss it. In his project, the artist applied techniques he learned from the Domestika course Doodle-Style Vector Illustration.

  • 10 Online Courses to Learn 3D Animation For Beginners
    3D & Animation

    10 Online Courses to Learn 3D Animation For Beginners

    Learn how to use different programs and techniques to improve your 3D animation skills The world of 3D animation is becoming more and more popular, and it’s no wonder given all the exciting possibilities it offer. Moreover, you can choose from many software options that could fit your skills level and preferences to match your projects needs. Learning to create, design and manipulate three-dimensional graphics are indispensable skills in different disciplines and professions. Therefore, acquiring knowledge and practice in this area has become a must in design, architecture, content creation in different formats and digital communication projects. Whether you are taking your first steps or improving your 3D animation abilities, these ten courses will inspire you to reach new levels in your professional career.

  • Farewell Charles Geschke, Adobe Co-founder Passes Away
    Web & App Design

    Farewell Charles Geschke, Adobe Co-founder Passes Away

    We bid farewell to the Adobe co-founder and creator of the PDF format The Adobe story began in December 1982, when Charles Geschke joined John Warnock in founding the company which would make design software like Acrobat, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and Photoshop a reality. Last Friday, on April 17, Geschke passed away at the age of 81.

  • After Effects Tips to Speed Up Your Workflow
    Pro 3D & Animation

    After Effects Tips to Speed Up Your Workflow

    Do you want to speed up your workflow in After Effects? Check out these tips from expert Borja Holke You probably already know that Adobe After Effects, one of the best post production and motion graphics software on the market, adds final touches to videos, images, and graphic design pieces. In addition, you can use this software to add movement to your lettering, typography, and illustration projects and help your portfolio stand out from the crowd.

  • 5 Free Animation Online Classes to Learn After Effects From Scratch
    3D & Animation

    5 Free Animation Online Classes to Learn After Effects From Scratch

    Discover this popular software’s advantages and animate your best ideas As a professional designer and illustrator, or if you wish to pursue a new career in animation, you’ll find a key ally in Adobe After Effects. This software is intuitive and perfect to create all kinds of animated projects, however big or small they might be. Now animation and motion graphics experts share some tips to start using this program from scratch. To watch each class, just click on its red title.

  • Animation Tutorial: How to Capture and Render Your Project
    3D & Animation

    Animation Tutorial: How to Capture and Render Your Project

    Professional Voxel artist and animator Zach Soares explains how to capture an animation for online distribution A digital portfolio, on social media or a personal website, is one of the best tools an animator has for finding work. Knowing how to share your animations online quickly and professionally can be the difference between your work being taken seriously or not. Zach Soares is the creative director of animation studio Bunnyhug s and a professional voxel artist and animator with almost a decade of experience. In this tutorial, he shares a simple way of capturing and rendering an animation project so that it can be published and shared online successfully.

  • Challenge: 3 Fun Ways to Stimulate Creativity
    Illustration

    Challenge: 3 Fun Ways to Stimulate Creativity

    Art director, graphic designer, and illustrator Rogério Puhl tests out his own challenge and surprises himself with the results Since he was a teenager, Rogério Puhl had always dreamed of being an artist. At the age of 14, he enrolled at Chapecó School of Arts in Brazil. After discovering the world of digital illustration at the age of 18, he began a career in advertising, and went on to work for some of the most successful agencies in Brazil: AlmapBBDO, DM9DDB, Africa, Ogilvy, WMcCann, Young & Rubicam, and more. His portfolio includes projects for clients such as MTV, McDonald's and Red Bull, and he has created copyrighted murals around the world. Thanks to many years of experience, Rogério has lots of tips on how to get your creative juices flowing. In this challenge, the artist shares three ways to keep your mind active. The exercises can be carried out anywhere using whatever tools you have at hand. Not only will you have fun but your brain will also get a workout. Rogério was in fact very surprised with the results he got when he tried it out himself.

  • The Importance of Storyboarding in Animation
    3D & Animation

    The Importance of Storyboarding in Animation

    Designer Roberto Puig talks about the importance of using storyboards and animatics in animation projects Storyboarding is an integral process in the development of animation. It includes all the planned details of the piece, and it is a clear and detailed document of the ultimate result. Despite its importance, many professionals and animation studios jump this step of the process. Roberto Puig (@rpuig)—graphic designer and director of Don Porfirio studio—highlights how this step is fundamental and gives us some tips on how to execute it best. Why is storyboarding important? The main reason all animation projects must include a storyboard is to help us achieve exceptional outcomes. It also ensures that everyone involved in the production has a vision of the product from the start, including the client. It is also useful for organizing all the individuals' jobs and tasks within the animation project pipeline. These tasks can be assigned from the beginning, even before the project is in development. Furthermore, during the storyboard stage, our client can suggest any changes that can be easily applied. This would be more complex at a later stage.

  • 5 Loop Animation Styles That Will Inspire You
    3D & Animation

    5 Loop Animation Styles That Will Inspire You

    Animator Pablo Cuello shares the work of 5 incredible creatives When you think about animation, you might imagine feature films from the big film studios. However, you don't need to create such complex or lengthy animations to inspire a deep emotional response in your viewers. Pablo Cuello (@pablocuello) is an Argentine graphic designer and animator who works with After Effects to create short and straightforward pieces that overflow with appeal:

  • Motion Graphics: What Is It and What’s It For?
    3D & Animation

    Motion Graphics: What Is It and What’s It For?

    Learn what differentiates motion graphics from animation, and why it is such an effective branch of design Today, motion graphics is a branch of design that is becoming increasingly popular. It’s now known that people pay more attention to videos than still images, even if those videos are just simple GIFs that move very little. If you’re a graphic designer, sooner or later you will come across a client who will ask you to create a piece that requires motion graphics. Learning to do so is sure to help you stand out among the competition. Find out more about this branch of design below. What is motion graphics? Motion graphics is essentially a type of animation. However, it has a different purpose. The term “animation” can refer to all sorts of techniques used to make images move, such as those seen in animated films and series. In this sense, animation is a basic component of narration and storytelling. Instead, motion graphics is a particular type of design, which applies movement to certain elements in a composition in order to capture the viewer’s attention. In this video, you can see some examples of motion graphics created by Guillermo Zapiola (@guillermo_zapiola):

  • How to Create an Animated Web Series
    3D & Animation

    How to Create an Animated Web Series

    Sociedad Fantasma shows us the process behind the creation of R.T., an alien that tries to sympathize with humanity Sociedad Fantasma (@sociedadfantasma) is a storytelling studio founded by Carlos Rupit, Gabriel Pichardo, and Lizeth Rodríguez, devoted to telling great stories through illustration and animation. This path has led them to work with brands like Netflix, Gatorade, Google, and Nike, but also to develop their projects, such as their web series UFUCK_U, where a curious alien tries to fit into daily human life. This project demonstrates this Mexican studio's experience in crafting stories, characters, illustration, color management, and animation–the foundations of their work. These are the main steps Sociedad Fantasma takes to make an episode of its series.

  • 5 Essential Animation Courses With After Effects
    3D & Animation

    5 Essential Animation Courses With After Effects

    Discover the multiple options this program has to offer and improve your animation skills For those who work in animation, motion graphics, or something that involves applying movement and effects to graphics, After Effects is one of the most popular programs available. If you’re just starting out with this tool or are looking to learn some new tricks, be sure to check out the following courses, which will help you fulfill your creative potential. Animation Techniques with 3D Effects in After Effects, a course by Moncho Massé In this course, illustrator and animator Moncho Massé will show you how to add depth to your animations without relying on the help of 3D software. Learn to use After Effects to create “fake 3D”, which adds three-dimensional effects to your objects and characters.

  • 5 Free Tutorials to Master After Effects
    3D & Animation

    5 Free Tutorials to Master After Effects

    Learn how to use basic tools to create animations in different formats with Adobe After Effects Due to its range of tools and format possibilities, After Effects has become a basic software for professionals and creatives involved with visual projects. Below, we share 5 tutorials that will help you master basic functions of formats, tools and actions available in this software. After Effects Tutorial: Types of Layers In this tutorial, Carlos “Zenzuke” Albarrán (@zenzuke), a founding partner of Maaambo design studio who has more than a decade of experience in motion graphics and 2D and 3D animation, reviews the various types of layers in After Effects and their different functions. This is a great opportunity to learn the basics of After Effects before you dive into a project. Find out more in the video below:

  • After Effects Tutorial: Types of Layers
    3D & Animation

    After Effects Tutorial: Types of Layers

    Discover the different types of layers in After Effects, and their properties, with Zenzuke One of the main features when it comes to organizing your work in Adobe After Effects - a leading software in visual effects and motion graphics - is the various types of layers that are available. By using them, you can easily edit different parts of a project (such as text, images, or graphics) without interfering with any other elements. In this tutorial, Carlos "Zenzuke" Albarrán (@zenzuke), a founding partner of Maaambo design studio who has more than a decade of experience in motion graphics and 2D and 3D animation, reviews the various types of layers in After Effects and their different functions. This is a great opportunity to learn the basics of After Effects before you dive into a project. Find out more in the video below:

  • How to Create a Counter in After Effects in 7 min (TUTORIAL)
    3D & Animation

    How to Create a Counter in After Effects in 7 min (TUTORIAL)

    Learn to use basic expressions to create a counter that’s easy to edit and animate When creating graphics in Adobe After Effects, often we need to include counters–numeric figures that either increase or decrease. Merely showing a percentage isn’t the same as animating it so that we see it go from zero to another number–this makes it much more attractive and eye-catching. Yimbo–an animator and motion grapher–is an expert when it comes to working in After Effects, especially when using expressions. Expressions are mathematical formulas that can be interpreted by the program and that make our work a lot easier. Below, Yimbo explains step by step how to create a counter using expressions in After Effects. Oh, and if you want to go ahead and use the expression that he uses, here it is. All you have to do is copy it: n=effect(“Slider Control”)(“Slider”); Math.floor(n) + “%”

  • After Effects Tutorial: Basic Path or Stroke Vector Graphic Animation
    Typography, Calligraphy and Lettering

    After Effects Tutorial: Basic Path or Stroke Vector Graphic Animation

    Experiment with typography motion with this simple After Effects technique with Holke 79 Small animations, gifs, short videos with animated texts and other multimedia content can make the difference to your social media posts. With After Effects, the Adobe software used to create special effects in post-production, you can create simple and attractive pieces intuitively and with the use of fairly few resources. In the following tutorial, motion graphics design Borja Holke (@holke79) explains how to add movement to a simple composition of image and text, turning it into a basic animated graphic using After Effects. Learn more in the video below:

  • After Effects Tutorial: How to Create a Loop
    3D & Animation

    After Effects Tutorial: How to Create a Loop

    Learn to loop an animation in After Effects with Moncho Massé One of our favorite features from After Effects is that it enables you to create loop animations. A loop animation has no beginning nor end–it repeats itself infinitely. This makes it easy to create gifs and is a very useful tool for generating social media content. Freelance illustrator and animator Moncho Massé will show you how to create your own loop animation in After Effects in the following video. You just need to have already designed the character that you’ll be using to create your continuous loop.

  • 10 essential keyboard shortcuts to master Adobe After Effects
    Web & App Design

    10 essential keyboard shortcuts to master Adobe After Effects

    Be more efficient in your motion graphics workflow using these shortcuts in After Effects There are two ways to multiply your productivity during the creative process: have a good team and know the essential keyboard shortcuts. Like many other programs, Adobe After Effects lets you perform actions and select options much faster using key combinations. This helps simplify various repetitive tasks we sometimes have to perform in After Effects and allows us to focus on the creation and composition of professional-looking motion graphics and effects special. These are the 10 essential shortcuts you should know to be more efficient in After Effects CC: