• 6 Free Tutorials for Learning to Animate in One Hour or Less
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    6 Free Tutorials for Learning to Animate in One Hour or Less

    Add movement to your ideas with a little help from Domestika teachers From the first magic lanterns to super 3D audiovisual productions, animation is an art that never ceases to amaze. Many creators and brands favor this technique to convey their ideas, tell a story, and provide information clearly while entertaining their audience. Animation is reaching more and more ground on social media too. If you want to learn to animate to expand your portfolio, rest assured that this technique is not as complicated as it seems. Have a look at the selected tutorials below, designed to learn a skill in 60 minutes or less. To access the content, simply click on the red titles. Procreate Tutorial: How to Create a Gif Using Static Images GIF is one of the most widespread digital graphic formats today, allowing you to reproduce animations with a maximum of 256 colors. GIFs are small in size and communicate ideas in a simple way, which is why it this format is perfect for social media. If you want to learn how to animate photos or illustrations, check out this tutorial by Natalia Rojas (@LosNaked), a Colombian designer who will teach you how to take still images and turn them into a GIF to share on multiple platforms.

  • 6 Online Professional Animation Courses for Beginners
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    6 Online Professional Animation Courses for Beginners

    Learn 2D and 3D animation techniques, character design, typography, and more from top professionals When Pixar released its much-loved animated film Toy Story back in 1995, 3D illustration was far from being mainstream. In fact, the studio took a big gamble with the film... and it paid off. Toy Story grossed more than $300 million and paved the way for a new market that continues to expand today. If we look back at the different uses of animation that we’ve seen since then, 3D language has become a standard format for telling infinite stories, from television series to video games, coming on in leaps and bounds as technology has evolved.

  • Essential Animation Shortcuts for Adobe Animate and Photoshop 2021
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    Essential Animation Shortcuts for Adobe Animate and Photoshop 2021

    Designer Pablo Cuello shares the most popular shortcuts for animating with these two programs You don't need complicated tools to create impressive animations. By learning just a few tricks, you'll be able to simplify your design process and make frame-by-frame animations. In this blog post, designer and animator Pablo Cuello (@pablocuello) shares Adobe Animate and Adobe Photoshop’s most popular shortcuts, so you can save time when creating your next mesmerizing animation.

  • Scan The World: Free Access to Over 16,000 3D-Printable Sculptures
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    Scan The World: Free Access to Over 16,000 3D-Printable Sculptures

    This digital collection allows you to 3D-print sculptures and other works from museums around the world While 3D technology emerged in the 1980s, today we are constantly discovering new ways to use it and experiment with it. Tools, furniture, and more or less anything you can imagine can now be printed in three dimensions. The artworld is also exploring what this technology has to offer, case in point: Scan The World. This digital archive, which continues to expand every day, shares 3D-printable sculptures and monuments that you can download for free. If you are passionate about art and have access to this technology, be sure to get involved in this remarkable project!

  • From Mario’s Mustache to the Very First Easter Egg: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Video Games
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    From Mario’s Mustache to the Very First Easter Egg: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Video Games

    The video game universe is full of interesting facts. Discover some of them in this video Covering everything from action to adventure, from platforms to sports to simulations and strategy, videogames have been making millions of people happy and keeping the world entertained for over 50 years. But did you know why Mario’s mustache was invented? Or why PlayStation controls have their famous symbols? Find out in this video that reveals five fascinating gaming facts.

  • Free InDesign Template for Mixed Media Animation Projects
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    Free InDesign Template for Mixed Media Animation Projects

    Unfold your creative ideas with this InDesign grid template for experimental animation Digital animation allows us to unfold the creative ideas that live in our imagination. Experimental animator Danaé Gosset (@danaegosset) combines digital animation with traditional art supplies to create ethereal, dream-like pieces that intrigue her viewers. If you like to explore the world of experimental animation and create sequences using mixed media techniques, you can let your imagination guide you through creating vibrant animations inspired by your creativity.

  • 5 Online Courses for Mastering 3D Modeling in Blender
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    5 Online Courses for Mastering 3D Modeling in Blender

    Discover five ways to get the most out of this animation program for 3D artists Blender is one of the most widely-used programs for animation. You can use it to model, light, render, and animate 3D characters. This program allows users to create and manipulate basic objects and create base structures to bring new characters to life. Lots of big-budget films have used Blender at some stage during production. Spider-Man 2 was the first professional project to successfully use Blender for previsualization, which complemented traditional storyboarding. Other productions then went on to do the same.

  • After Effects Shortcuts to Become a Professional Motion Grapher
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    After Effects Shortcuts to Become a Professional Motion Grapher

    Discover in this video tutorial the essential shortcuts for working with the animation and effects software Carlos "Zenzuke" Albarrán (@zenzuke) is a motion graphics director and animator and founding partner of Maaambo studio. Carlos uses the program Adobe After Effects to experiment with animation and has created a casual and colorful style that has impressed the most prestigious production companies and agencies in Spain, resulting in him becoming one of their regular collaborators. Carlos has been freelancing as a 2D and 3D animation specialist for over 10 years. Not only does he know how to make the most of the tools offered by Adobe After Effects, but he is also an expert in teaching others how to use them. Using a rigorous method and sharing his extensive experience, Carlos can turn you into an advanced motion graphics designer who works confidently and makes efficient use of their time. In this exclusive video tutorial for Domestika's PRO community, the expert director explains how to simplify your creative processes using some essential keyboard shortcuts. Like many other programs, After Effects enables you to execute actions and methods in a matter of keystrokes. This helps to reduce the time spent on repetitive tasks so you can focus more on the creation, composition, and execution of your ideas. Discover them below with Zenzuke!

  • Free Set of Textures for Creating 3D Backgrounds
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    Free Set of Textures for Creating 3D Backgrounds

    Use textures designed by a 4D cinema expert to create backgrounds with realistic objects, shapes, and colors If you are interested in the 3D universe, you are probably always on the lookout for ways to improve your work and creating new compositions. Getting inspiration from other artists’ creations is essential to get your imagination juices flow and explore new routes. You also get to know their resources and creative processes. Francisco Cortés (@effcy), industrial designer and illlustrator, is specialized in creating still images in 3D. In his projects, textures are the main protagonist as they help inject life and color to a scene. In this post, Francisco shares his favorite textures—62 of them—that you can also use in your designs.

  • Cinema 4D Tutorial: How to Create a Basic Animation
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    Cinema 4D Tutorial: How to Create a Basic Animation

    Learn how to animate a cube in Cinema 4D step-by-step, with director, animator, and designer Danaé Gosset Cinema 4D is an essential program for anyone interested in animation, allowing you to create 3D models and bring them to life with innovative tools. Danaé Gosset (@danaegosset) is a director, animator, and designer who specializes in mixed-media moving images. Her work has been recognized by institutions such as SXSW, D&AD, The Art Directors Club, Graphis, Adobe, Indigo Awards, and the Type Directors Club. Join her in this beginner’s tutorial as she demonstrates some fun and simple ways to animate an object on Cinema 4D using the twist deformer tool.

  • Animation Tutorial: How to Encode for Instagram and Vimeo
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    Animation Tutorial: How to Encode for Instagram and Vimeo

    Learn the basic settings needed to encode your animation projects so that you can share them online, with Dan Zucco One of the most exciting parts of creating an animation is the final step: getting to share your work with the world. To do that, you’ll need to encode and upload it to an online platform like Instagram or Vimeo, where it can be enjoyed by your followers and be discovered by new viewers. Dan Zucco (@dan_zucco) is a freelance 3D art and motion director who produces 3D content for commercials, events, and social media. In this tutorial, he shows you how to use Adobe Media Encoder to prepare and encode your animations so that they’re ready to share online.

  • Watch These 4 Animated Shorts By Belgian Filmmakers
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    Watch These 4 Animated Shorts By Belgian Filmmakers

    These four stop-motion shorts are free to watch and present the magical world of animated storytelling One of Irish illustrator Kevin Waldron's (@kev_wally) favorite go-to sources of inspiration is a long list he has created of animated shorts from all over the world. These projects demonstrate a variety of styles and approaches and tell entertaining, moving, and inspiring stories–they are sure to spur your imagination, whatever format you usually work in. Today, Kevin spotlights four stop-motion shorts from his list, made in Belgium by director Guionne Leroy and directing and writing duo Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels. Watch below!

  • 50 Rhinoceros 3D Shortcuts for 3D Modeling
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    50 Rhinoceros 3D Shortcuts for 3D Modeling

    Speed up your workflow in Rhinoceros 3D with these basic keyboard shortcuts for Windows and Mac Rhinoceros 3D is a program that allows you to design, create prototypes, and manufacture all your ideas with precision. Industrial designer and Domestika teacher Diego Fernández (@diego1177) uses it for projects ranging from packaging to industrial design and furniture design. From aviation to jewelry, you can use it to model several versions of the same project you have in your head. This program offers many tools, from the most basic to the most complex. The challenge professionals face is knowing how to combine them to develop their own way of working within this 3D environment. This way, you will get a complete vision of three-dimensional modeling. If you have already started to familiarize yourself with Rhinoceros, you will find the following keyboard shortcuts very useful. They will help you to be more agile in your practical exercises and focus on your designs.

  • 10 Online Courses to Learn 3D Animation For Beginners
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    10 Online Courses to Learn 3D Animation For Beginners

    Learn how to use different programs and techniques to improve your 3D animation skills The world of 3D animation is becoming more and more popular, and it’s no wonder given all the exciting possibilities it offer. Moreover, you can choose from many software options that could fit your skills level and preferences to match your projects needs. Learning to create, design and manipulate three-dimensional graphics are indispensable skills in different disciplines and professions. Therefore, acquiring knowledge and practice in this area has become a must in design, architecture, content creation in different formats and digital communication projects. Whether you are taking your first steps or improving your 3D animation abilities, these ten courses will inspire you to reach new levels in your professional career.

  • Free Guide for Designing 3D Characters
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    Free Guide for Designing 3D Characters

    Do you want to learn to create reference images for developing your 3D characters? Check out this guide Animator, illustrator, and director Laurie Rowan (@laulrowan) knows the importance of collecting inspiration and distilling it into a compelling image that will inform your 3D rendered illustration process. In 3D characters illustration, you need to learn how to turn hand-drawn sketches into 3D rendered images. Laurie shares a guide with his personal approach to character design to help you discover new sources of inspiration and explore your imagination when building your characters and sets.

  • 10 Online Courses to Master 3D Modeling with Maya
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    10 Online Courses to Master 3D Modeling with Maya

    Give free rein to your imagination and transform your ideas into 3D images with programs like Maya Learning to create, design and manipulate three-dimensional graphics are indispensable skills in different disciplines and professions. Therefore, acquiring knowledge and practice in this area has become a must in design, architecture, content creation in different formats and digital communication projects. Digital creation of 3D elements, whether animated or static, has invaded our daily lives. Marketing, cinema and television series or video games are just some of the applications of the techniques of conception, modeling and animation of objects, characters or landscapes in three dimensions.

  • 45 Basic Toon Boom Harmony Shortcuts for Windows and Mac
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    45 Basic Toon Boom Harmony Shortcuts for Windows and Mac

    Simplify your 2D and 3D Toon Boom Harmony animated projects with these basic shortcuts for Windows and macOS Toon Boom Harmony is a 2D animation tool that has become essential in television and film productions. You can make characters look realistic in a couple of clicks. The tool offers a wide range of possibilities and resources. Advanced versions also have 3D options. Several Disney movies and famous series, such as The Simpsons, are created using Toon Boom Harmony. Highly intuitive, it is the leading software to create animations and bring stories to life.

  • After Effects Tips to Speed Up Your Workflow
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    After Effects Tips to Speed Up Your Workflow

    Do you want to speed up your workflow in After Effects? Check out these tips from expert Borja Holke You probably already know that Adobe After Effects, one of the best post production and motion graphics software on the market, adds final touches to videos, images, and graphic design pieces. In addition, you can use this software to add movement to your lettering, typography, and illustration projects and help your portfolio stand out from the crowd.

  • Challenge: Create a Voxel Art Pokémon
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    Challenge: Create a Voxel Art Pokémon

    Find out how Voxel artist and animator Zach Soares got on when we challenged him to create a voxel art Pokémon from memory in just 20 minutes The word 'voxel' comes from the words ‘volumetric pixel’, and so voxels are basically the 3D equivalent of 2D pixels. They can only contain a single color, just like pixels, and a voxel art combines them to create their work. Zach Soares (@voxels) is a voxel artist and the creative director of his own game design studio Bunnyhug. In this Domestika Challenge, he had to design a Pokémon from memory in under 20 minutes. See how he got on in the video below:

  • What Is Blocking in Animation and Why Is It So Important?
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    What Is Blocking in Animation and Why Is It So Important?

    Learn about this technique and how it is used in 3D animation projects When it comes to working on a 3D animation project, not only do you need a strong concept, you also need to work out scale, volumes, and proportions in order to best position the characters and props within a scene. In this context, blocking is essential: it saves time and prevents mistakes. But what exactly is it?

  • 5 Free Animation Online Classes to Learn After Effects From Scratch
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    5 Free Animation Online Classes to Learn After Effects From Scratch

    Discover this popular software’s advantages and animate your best ideas As a professional designer and illustrator, or if you wish to pursue a new career in animation, you’ll find a key ally in Adobe After Effects. This software is intuitive and perfect to create all kinds of animated projects, however big or small they might be. Now animation and motion graphics experts share some tips to start using this program from scratch. To watch each class, just click on its red title.

  • 9 Free Websites With Textures and Models for Your 3D Projects
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    9 Free Websites With Textures and Models for Your 3D Projects

    Discover where to find textures, models, and resources to give your 3D projects an edge When starting a 3D project or assembling a mood board for one, one of the most important steps is researching and gathering reference images. This stage will give you a more precise and more defined idea of what you will need to create the final project in terms of assets, models, textures, and other graphic elements. To help you find free textures and varied types of assets, Ali Sahba (@alisahba), a multidisciplinary designer and photographer, shares a list of the sites he uses in his projects and what you will find in each of them. When searching for textures Textures.com This site features numerous royalty-free textures but is mostly limited to 1k (1024 x 768 pixels) or 2k (2048 x 1080 pixels) resolutions. These images are not ideal for close-ups, but you will find varied textures—fabrics, ceilings, floors, metal, and many others—and you can use them to have a general idea of how your project will end up looking

  • Cinema 4D Tutorial: How to Create a Base Model
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    Cinema 4D Tutorial: How to Create a Base Model

    Learn these simple steps for creating a base model using splines and sweeps on Cinema 4D easily, with Ali Sahba A base model forms the foundation of almost any creation on Cinema 4D, knowing how to create one that looks good and works well will ensure all your projects stand the best possible chance of success. Ali Sahba is a multidisciplinary digital artist who tells stories using photography and computer-generated imagery. In this tutorial, they will explain a simple way to create a base model on Cinema 4D.

  • The 10 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2021
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    The 10 Most Anticipated Video Games of 2021

    These are the games that everybody will talk about this year The launch of a new generation of Playstation (PS5) and Xbox (Xbox Series X / S) gaming consoles and the release of Assassin's Creed: Ragnarok and Cyberpunk 2077, closed a somewhat eventful year for the video game industry. Although many production and release dates have been postponed due to the extreme circumstances caused by the virus and lockdowns, 2021 is set to be a more regular year, full of highly anticipated titles that gamers will love. Now that a new generation of consoles is finally here, the possibilities are endless, and a year full of epic and daring games awaits us. In this list, we give a quick view of some of the most anticipated titles of 2021, many of which already have a confirmed release date. God of War: Ragnarök (PS4, PS5) After the roaring success of God of War (2018), 2021 will bring the next installment of the Spartan demigod Kratos' adventures. He will face characters from Greek and Norse mythology, from fantastic creatures to titans and gods. Ragnarök, the end-of-the-world battle of Norse mythology, will be a new battleground for him and his son.

  • 7 Free Tutorials to Improve Your Animation Skills
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    7 Free Tutorials to Improve Your Animation Skills

    Learn practical tips to use different types of software, learn new tricks, and improve your animation style With the refinement and advances in animation technology, you have more software options at your disposal to create your own animation style, regardless of whether you want to do a modest but high-impact project for social media, or if you want to venture into something more complex. Here are 7 free animation tutorials to take your skills to the next level. Just click on each video, and if you want to read the full instructions, click on the red title of each tutorial. Enjoy!

  • Animation Tutorial: How to Capture and Render Your Project
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    Animation Tutorial: How to Capture and Render Your Project

    Professional Voxel artist and animator Zach Soares explains how to capture an animation for online distribution A digital portfolio, on social media or a personal website, is one of the best tools an animator has for finding work. Knowing how to share your animations online quickly and professionally can be the difference between your work being taken seriously or not. Zach Soares is the creative director of animation studio Bunnyhug s and a professional voxel artist and animator with almost a decade of experience. In this tutorial, he shares a simple way of capturing and rendering an animation project so that it can be published and shared online successfully.