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Basics of Character Animation with After Effects

A course by Yimbo Escárrega
Animator and motion grapher. Tijuana, Mexico.
Joined January 2016
, Animator and motion grapher

Learn to bring your characters to life and showcase their true personality

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (359)
  • 9599 students

Learn to bring your characters to life and showcase their true personality

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (359)
  • 9599 students
  • 37 lessons (5h 48m)
  • 23 additional resources (16 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Ready to breathe life into your animated characters? Motion designer and animator Yimbo has extensive professional experience in the field and is ready to help you do just that. His collaborations with brands like Sony, MTV, adidas, and Sprite alongside his 365 Rounds project continue to make him a pioneer in the area of motion design.

In his online course Express Animation for Social Media with After Effects, Yimbo introduces you to the process of developing motion graphics projects in record time for digital platforms. Now, in this online course, use After Effects to discover the basic principles of animation and the techniques you can use to bring your creations to life.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Your first animation
  • U3
    U3. Your second animation
  • U4
    U4. Illustration for animation
  • U5
    U5. Avatar
  • U6
    U6. Complete character
  • U7
    U7. Take a walk!
  • U8
    U8. The promo
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Get started by learning more about Yimbo's experience in the world of character animation, his work, and his main influences.

Next, take your first steps in animation by preparing two different projects. In the first one, explore the basics of animating with Adobe After Effects to develop a natural animation filled with personality using features like position, rotation, scale, opacity, Ease In - Ease Out, Anticipation, Follow Through, and Squash and Stretch.

Yimbo then details step by step how to use After Effects to animate an illustration made with Photoshop and Illustrator. After that, put that knowledge into practice and prepare an avatar in Illustrator before using After Effects to add personalized expressions.

Then, it’s time to animate a complete character! Begin your illustration in Photoshop, import it into After Effects, and use Duik to create the skeleton and rig for your character, as well as a template for future animations.

Prepare a walk cycle to take your character for a walk and add details to refine your animation with features like Follow Through.

To wrap up the course, follow along as Yimbo guides you through each stage of developing a promo for your character, including planning, creation, improvement, and final render.

What is this course's project?

Prepare several animations for your characters, from the simplest to the most complicated.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators, designers, animators, and anyone else interested in learning how to bring their characters to life with Adobe After Effects.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of Adobe After Effects and intermediate knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are required.

In terms of materials, you need a computer with Adobe After Effects, Illustrator, and Photoshop. If you have the CC 2017 or 2018 version, you can download and use the files that Yimbo shares throughout the course.

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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Yimbo Escárrega

A course by Yimbo Escárrega

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Animator and motion grapher

Yimbo is a graphic and motion designer from Tijuana who has vast professional experience in the field of animation. In 2007, he founded Black Dog studio where he worked with companies like Aeroméxico, Sprite, adidas, and Sony Vaio. He then switched roles to animation lead at Pictoline in 2015, adding motion to stories that were shared daily on social media. The experience he gained during his time there gave him the ability to create animation at the speed of light.

Yimbo currently works as a freelancer and regularly collaborates on different projects and with other designers like Eraboy and Charles Glaubitz.


  • U1


    • Influences - Top 5
    • Presentation
  • U2

    Your first animation

    • Our first project
    • Position
    • Rotation
    • Opacity and Scale
    • Final animation
    • Render
  • U3

    Your second animation

    • Ease In - Ease Out
    • The principles of animation
    • Anticipation
    • Follow Through
    • Squash & Stretch
    • Comparison
  • U4

    Illustration for animation

    • After Effects + Photoshop
    • After Effects + Illustrator
  • U5


    • It's alive - Part 1
    • It's alive - Part 2
    • But I do not illustrate in Photoshop
    • Rigging
    • Illustration
    • Organizing the project
  • U6

    Complete character

    • Illustration
    • Importing into After Effects
    • Rig of an arm
    • Skeleton
    • Ready, loop!
  • U7

    Take a walk!

    • Cheering legs
    • Cheering the torso
    • Cheering the arms
    • Follow Through and secondary animation
  • U8

    The promo

    • Storyboard
    • Setting the scene
    • How to animate in Photoshop?
    • Importing into AfterEffects
    • Final composition - Part 1
    • Final composition - Part 2
  • FP

    Final project

    • Your own animated character

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Basics of Character Animation with After Effects. 3D, and Animation course by Yimbo Escárrega Best seller

Basics of Character Animation with After Effects

A course by Yimbo Escárrega
Animator and motion grapher. Tijuana, Mexico.
Joined January 2016
  • 99% positive reviews (359)
  • 9599 students