Layout Creation for 2D Animation

A course by Daniel Kano
Designer and Art Director. São Paulo, Brazil.
Joined May 2021
, Designer and Art Director

Learn to create an artistic vignette with Illustrator, Photoshop and After Effects and tell graphic stories filled with emotion and movement

  • Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (23)
  • 349 students

Learn to create an artistic vignette with Illustrator, Photoshop and After Effects and tell graphic stories filled with emotion and movement

Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (23)
  • 349 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Portuguese
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 lessons (3h 20m)
  • Available on the app
  • Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

If you're looking to combine the aesthetics of graphic design with the rhythm of animation, art director Daniel Kano is the perfect person to guide you on your journey. As a specialist in animation and motion graphics for the advertising sector, Daniel has created pieces for big names like Google, UOL, Netflix, and more.

In this course, learn to develop a 2D animation layout, from interpreting the brief and putting together a storyboard to the animation and postproduction in After Effects. Daniel lets you in on a few secrets and helps you explore the art direction of your piece, combining lines, colors, typography, and textures.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Knowing the worlds you will work in
  • U3
    U3. developing the content
  • U4
    U4. Defining the look of your content
  • U5
    U5. Animation and Finalization
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know a little about Daniel Kano and his career across various visual arts fields. He talks about how he learned to turn everything he consumes into reference materials to inspire his own work.

Next, dive into the world of 2D animation by familiarizing yourself with the market and each production stage of a film. Learn how to work from a client brief, defining your objective and looking for appropriate visual reference materials for your project.

Move on to see how to put together a storyboard as well as an animatic to get your ideas flowing, literally! This step serves to test the motion of your sequence and identify any possible issues. Daniel gives you some tips on the art direction of your animation working with style, colors, typography, and finishes.

After refining the visual content, it's time to create your first layouts! Take into account positioning and the scale of each element. Your teacher then shows you how to apply a styleframe to each of your storyboard scenes.

Finally, explore postproduction in After Effects and see how to give your composition a professional finish. Call it a wrap by applying your newfound knowledge and putting the finishing touches on your piece before rendering the definitive version.

What is this course's project?

Develop a 2D animation with a focus on art direction divided into a 15-second introduction and a 5-second ending.

Who is this online course for?

Designers and art directors interested in animation as well as animators who want to discover new techniques and hone their skills.

Requirements and materials

You need basic knowledge of Illustrator, Photoshop, and After Effects to take this course, as well as a computer with those three programs installed.

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.


349 Students
23 Reviews
96% Positive ratings

Daniel Kano

A course by Daniel Kano

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Designer and Art Director

Daniel Kano is a designer and art director specialized in animation and motion graphics for advertising. He has worked in a range of fields from building brands to creating packaging and designing presentations and print media with the aim of fusing information and entertainment.

He has produced pieces for big names like Google, UOL, Netflix, and more, and is partner in the animation studio Histeria!, which works on content production and series as well as events and advertising for television and digital media.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • influences
  • U2

    Knowing the worlds you will work in

    • Search
    • Structure of the film production process
    • Briefing
    • 2D animation market for the art director
  • U3

    developing the content

    • First steps of visual development
    • Typography as a compositional element
    • How to start working with color?
    • Animatic and audio
    • storyboard
  • U4

    Defining the look of your content

    • Final art
    • Finish/post
    • layout
    • style and stroke
  • U5

    Animation and Finalization

    • Post production
    • 2D animation principles
  • FP

    Final project

    • Art Direction for 2D Animation

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Layout Creation for 2D Animation. 3D, and Animation course by Daniel Kano

Layout Creation for 2D Animation

A course by Daniel Kano
Designer and Art Director. São Paulo, Brazil.
Joined May 2021
  • 96% positive reviews (23)
  • 349 students