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Hand-Drawn Digital Animation: Bring Illustrations to Life

A course by Yukai Du
Illustrator and Animator. London, United Kingdom.
Joined January 2020
, Illustrator and Animator

Transform your unique drawings into playful motion graphics with Photoshop, After Effects, and Animate

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  • 100% positive reviews (140)
  • 4242 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Transform your unique drawings into playful motion graphics with Photoshop, After Effects, and Animate



  • 100% positive reviews (140)
  • 4242 students
  • 26 lessons (6h 8m)
  • 26 additional resources (7 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever


Through illustration and animation, you have the power to translate complex topics into playful visual languages. Yukai Du specializes in creating digital illustrations and animations that look hand-crafted. She helps brands to visualize the message they want to communicate with their audience and has worked with clients including Adobe, Spotify, WeTransfer, and MTV.

In this course, Yukai teaches you how to combine the art of illustration with 2D animation to create striking digital artwork of your own. Are you ready to bring your illustrations to life and start animating your ideas?

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Research and Development
  • U3
    U3. First Steps on Photoshop
  • U4
    U4. Animating with Adobe Programs
  • U5
    U5. Rendering and Sharing
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by getting to know illustrator and animator Yukai Du. She takes you behind the scenes of her creative journey before sharing the artists and influences which have inspired her career.

Explore how to compile references for your artwork using keywords from a brief. Then, narrow them down and use your images to create a mood board with Keynote or Google Slides. Find out how to extract the color theme from your mood board using Adobe Colors.

Sketch your initial ideas on paper in the form of a storyboard as a starting point for your animation. Yukai then talks through digitizing, refining, and organizing your drawing in a storyboard template in Photoshop. Experiment with adding color to your work before finalizing your key designs and cropping them in different frames.

Time to start animating! Begin by analyzing your frames, looking at how to animate each part, and preparing your assets in Photoshop. Then set up your project in After Effects and animate the character, shapes, and background. Import your work into Animate to create frame-by-frame transitions before putting the finishing touches to your animation.

Learn how to export your final animation in different sizes and formats to share on social media or in your portfolio. To finish the course, Yukai shares her tips for promoting your work on different platforms.

What is this course's project?

Create a 2D animation featuring a character of your choice using Photoshop, After Effects, and Animate.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in illustration and animation or who wants to learn more about Photoshop, After Effects, and Animate.

Requirements and materials

Previous experience with Photoshop is required.

You will need a computer with Photoshop, After Effects, and Animate.

New to Adobe After Effects? In that case, we recommend taking Domestika Basics courses to learn how to use the software: Introduction to After Effects.


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Yukai Du

A course by Yukai Du

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Illustrator and Animator

Yukai Du is a Chinese-born illustrator and animator based in London, UK. At just fifteen years old, she began training at GuangZhou Academy of Fine Arts where she learned to work with acrylic and still life paintings, pencil drawings, and sculpture. From there, she went on to study animation at college where her traditional art skills were put into practice. It was there that Yukai discovered her passion for creating craft-like illustrations and animations and she later moved to London to pursue a Master’s degree in those art forms.

After graduating, she worked at various studios in the UK including MIE and Bliink. Since then, as a freelancer, she has collaborated with well-known brands including The New Yorker, Spotify, The Guardian, MTV, Adobe, Apple, and WeTransfer. Her work has also been recognized by Adobe Design Awards, 3x3 Illustration, and more.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Influences
    • About Me
  • U2

    Research and Development

    • Compiling References
    • Creating a Mood Board
    • Colour Palette
  • U3

    First Steps on Photoshop

    • Style Frames 4
    • Style Frames 3
    • Style Frames 2
    • Style Frames 1
    • Creating a Storyboard
    • Thumbnails
    • Adding Colours
  • U4

    Animating with Adobe Programs

    • Preparation for Animation: Basic Knowledge and Analysation
    • Preparation for Animation: Photoshop Assets 1
    • Preparation for Animation: Photoshop Assets 2
    • Adobe After Effects 1
    • Adobe After Effects 2
    • Adobe After Effects 3
    • Adobe After Effects 4
    • Adobe Animate / Flash 1
    • Adobe Animate / Flash 2
    • Adobe Animate / Flash 3
    • Adobe Animate / Flash 4
    • Finishing in After Effects
  • U5

    Rendering and Sharing

    • Posting on Social Media and Portfolio Platforms
    • Rendering Different Formats and Sizes
  • FP

    Final project

    • Hand-Drawn Digital Animation: Bring Illustrations to Life

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Hand-Drawn Digital Animation: Bring Illustrations to Life

A course by Yukai Du
Illustrator and Animator. London, United Kingdom.
Joined January 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (140)
  • 4242 students