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Vectorial Animation Frame by Frame Style with After Effects

A course by Pablo Cuello
Graphic Designer and Animator. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined January 2015
, Graphic Designer and Animator

Create animations with a personality and a handcrafted style without using plugins

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (747)
  • 24519 students

Create animations with a personality and a handcrafted style without using plugins

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (747)
  • 24519 students
  • 41 lessons (7h 27m)
  • 20 additional resources (8 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

Did you ever think it possible to get amazing results by animating without plugins? Pablo Cuello is a graphic designer specialized in character animation and After Effects is his go-to tool for creating animations with tons of personality. He was part of the Dutch production company MediaMonks, working on projects for brands such as Google, Amazon, and Red Bull when he discovered and perfected a technique to create animations in a handcrafted style without plugins.

In this course, Pablo teaches you to animate using vector layers in After Effects, with a process similar to that of frame-by-frame animation. Learn the notions of timing as well as how to animate a character expressively without software limitations.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Animating (almost) frame by frame in After Effects
  • U3
    U3. Starting the project
  • U4
    U4. Cheering up
  • U5
    U5. Additional features
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know Pablo Cuello and more about his professional background, from how he got into animation to where he currently works and the kinds of jobs he does. Then, take a look at some of his main influences including various animations, anime series, artists, and movies.

Discover what's involved in using After Effects to animate in a frame-by-frame style. Review the After Effects interface, looking at keyframes and different FPS, then explore the basic principles of animation: timing and spacing.

Now get moving on your animation project! Look for a simple yet challenging idea and transform it into a storyboard, defining the characteristics of your scenes and shots. Design an original character, create a sketch, define the style, and work with the shots in Adobe Photoshop to develop a range of poses.

Once you have everything set, arrange all the layouts you made in the After Effects timeline to create an animatic and get an initial idea of how long the animation is going to be.

Carve out the visual style of your project, including line, color, background, and shadows, then begin to develop the styleframes of the story's key scenes and prepare the designs for animation.

With Pablo's expert guidance, configure the After Effects project and begin to set the scene with your character and a background and add the first keyframes.

Animate the sequence of your character in action. Discover how to add motion and achieve perfect transitions between poses. Focus on facial details and see the huge range of different expressions you can create.

Learn about smear frames and how you can apply this technique to get a seamless animation that has lots of flexibility.

Lastly, make some final tweaks to shadows and texture to take away the vectorial look, then Pablo wraps up with some tips on exporting your animation for social media.

What is this course's project?

Make a frame-by-frame style vectorial animation with a character in After Effects.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Animators, designers, illustrators, and anyone who wants to create character animations in After Effects and take them to the next level.

Requirements and materials

You need basic knowledge of Adobe After Effects to take this course; experience in drawing is also recommended, but not essential.

As for the materials, you need a computer with After Effects installed, an application that allows you to draw such as Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, and a graphics tablet.

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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Pablo Cuello

A course by Pablo Cuello

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Graphic Designer and Animator

Pablo Cuello is a graphic designer from Mendoza, Argentina, who studied at the National University of Cuyo, Argentina. Since he was little, he always liked to draw and, after several years working as a designer, he entered the world of animation with Adobe After Effects.

The quality of his work landed him a job with the production company MediaMonks, where he carried out projects for big brands such as Google, Red Bull, and Amazon. His quest to achieve high-quality animations with lots of personality led him to explore traditional animation and skillfully incorporate it into his work.


  • U1


    • Influences
    • Hello!
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Animating (almost) frame by frame in After Effects

    • About this method
    • Moving vectors in After Effects
    • Animation Principles
    • Timing
  • U3

    Starting the project

    • Idea
    • Storyboard
    • Character Design I
    • Character Design II
    • Layouts I
    • Layouts II
    • Animatic
    • Visual development I
    • Visual development II
    • Visual development III
    • Styleframes I
    • Styleframes II
    • Styleframes III
    • Prepare designs for animation I
    • Prepare designs for animation II
  • U4

    Cheering up

    • Action II
    • Arming the scene I
    • Arming the scene II
    • First steps I
    • First steps II
    • First steps III
    • Making faces I
    • Making faces II
    • Making faces III
    • Action I
    • Action III
    • IV action
    • Walking I
    • Walking II
    • Ready!
  • U5

    Additional features

    • Tip Mix
    • To publish on networks! I
    • To publish on networks! II
    • Closing
  • FP

    Final project

    • Vector animation frame by frame with After Effects

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Vectorial Animation Frame by Frame Style with After Effects

A course by Pablo Cuello
Graphic Designer and Animator. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined January 2015
  • 99% positive reviews (747)
  • 24519 students