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2D Animation with Photoshop: Draw, Camera, Action!

A course by Numecaniq
Director, Designer, and Animator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined February 2016
, Director, Designer, and Animator

Learn to master camera framing and movement to take your animations to the next level

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (684)
  • 14919 students

Learn to master camera framing and movement to take your animations to the next level

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (684)
  • 14919 students
  • 20 lessons (4h 39m)
  • 19 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Updated on 06/12/2019

Rodrigo Miguel, better known as Numecaniq, is an animator specializing in frame-by-frame 2D animation. He has experimented with every kind of animation out there and is passionate about drawing in motion. Although he's found success working with world-renowned brands like Adobe, MTV, Amazon, and Spotify, Numecaniq never abandoned his personal projects or collaborations with other artists and studios.

In this course, learn frame-by-frame animation and develop an efficient workflow in Photoshop for your traditional animation projects with a contemporary, creative approach.

This is a follow-up to Numecaniq's first course, Introduction to Traditional Animation with Photoshop, where he teaches you the 12 principles of frame-by-frame animation to bring your stories to life.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Hello!
  • U2
    U2. Balls and sticks
  • U3
    U3. Balls and animated sticks
  • U4
    U4. Balls and crazy sticks
  • U5
    U5. BONUS - Extensiones y herramientas
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Kick off the course by learning how to optimize your drawings for animation. Your teacher shares some valuable tips to get you started and shows you how to quickly and efficiently tackle any project.

Create your own character using real-life references and find out how to break down their figure to design poses for the different stages of motion. Numecaniq teaches you the process in Photoshop and how to make it easier using certain plug-ins.

Continue with a practical exercise that involves drawing different views of your character's head, then use them to create a short 360° animation.

Next, outline your main animation sequence by creating thumbnails and learn about several key concepts like trial-and-error lines, keyframes, and arcs.

Once you've got a rough animation, apply basic principles like anticipation, acceleration, and exaggeration to make it smoother and more dynamic before diving into key aspects like timing and spacing.

Play around with camera movement and framing to add variety to your animation and give viewers an unexpected twist. Then, learn how to apply several types of distortion.

Round out your piece with color and texture and discover some top-secret techniques for using brushes, masks, and filters like a pro.

What is this course's project?

Create an animated sequence that combines different camera movements and framing.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Designers, illustrators, animators, and anyone interested in broadening their skills in frame-by-frame animation.

Requirements and materials

Drawing expertise isn't required for this course, but you do need basic notions of Photoshop.

As for materials, you need paper, a pencil, a scanner or camera, and a computer with Adobe Photoshop CC (or later). A quality graphics tablet is also recommended.


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A course by Numecaniq

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Director, Designer, and Animator

Rodrigo Miguel, better known as Numecaniq, is a designer and animator specializing in frame-by-frame 2D animation. In addition to his creative education, he holds a degree in philosophy from the UNAM in Mexico.

His work has been seen around the world thanks to collaborations with major brands and companies like Adobe, MTV, Amazon, and Spotify. He has also participated in international events like Pictoplasma in Berlin and the BDA Awards in New York.


  • U1


    • Who is Numecaniq?
    • Influences
  • U2

    Balls and sticks

    • Formation of learning habits and human figure drawing
    • Stylization and simplification
    • 360
  • U3

    Balls and animated sticks

    • Preparing Photoshop
    • Analysis of the action
    • Cheering up
    • …Cheering up
    • Time and space
  • U4

    Balls and crazy sticks

    • Cameras
    • Chambers II
    • Distortions
    • Finishes and textures I
    • Finishes and textures II
    • Ultra secret techniques
    • Ultra secret techniques II
    • That's all folks
  • U5

    BONUS - Extensiones y herramientas

    • Herramientas
    • Extensiones
  • FP

    Final project

    • Balls and animated sticks

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  • Learn at your own pace

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  • Learn from the best professionals

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert teachers

    Each expert teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

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    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

  • Connect with a global creative community

    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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2D Animation with Photoshop: Draw, Camera, Action!. 3D, and Animation course by Numecaniq Best seller

2D Animation with Photoshop: Draw, Camera, Action!

A course by Numecaniq
Director, Designer, and Animator. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined February 2016
  • 100% positive reviews (684)
  • 14919 students