Estimate to learn Animate and After Effects

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Nov 05, 2020 Nov 05, 2020

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Hi fellow friends!

 

I was asked to come up with an estimate for a client to help create short 1-2 minutes animated clips such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49tS4St70GY.

 

For someone new to video animation, what would you say it takes to learn the software needed to create something like this? I read that After Effects and Animate would be the most commonly used programs.

 

I use Indesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop consistently, so I am hoping that the learning curve won't be too hard to learn how to create animated clips using sister adobe products. This is a brand new project to me, so any advice is greatly appreciated.

 

Email: rlassen@nesafetycouncil.org

 

Thanks!

Rebekah Lassen

 

 

Recent animation project completed for my Honors American Literature class.

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Hi Rebekah,

 

Your knowledge of graphic design and image processing applications will help with some fundamental terminology and UI commonality, but that would be it.

 

The example provided is a competently executed short animation. Not great by any standards, but quite decent for what it is.

 

You will face two separate large sets of problems:

- Learning how to use new software

- Learning how to create animation

 

You can learn Animate to above intermediate level in a year, but start getting some results in a month or two.

 

Creating a polished, professional-looking animation product requires learning:

- Designing for animation: Layout, Character design

- Rigging

- Directing for animation: Storyboarding, Staging, Timing

- Animating

- Working with audio; Timing to audio

and more.

If you are starting from scratch and on your own, it will take at least 2-3 years to get to a level that may pass as professional.

And that is if you are fully committed.

 

If you are a professional Illustrator, character design for animation and layout will be much easier to master.

 

All said above is not meant to discourage you, but you should have realistic expectations.

Learning the software is the shortest and easiest part.

 

Good luck!

 

Nick – Character designer and animator, Flash user since 1998
Member of Flanimate Power Tools team – extensions for character animation – flash-powertools dot com

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Nov 23, 2020 Nov 23, 2020

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Hi Nick,

 

Thank you for the thorough response. This definitely helps me gain a better understanding for expectation. I appreciate it!

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Nov 24, 2020 Nov 24, 2020

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Animate is pretty user friendly and a great tool for vectors, drawing, characters, animating, creating web content (HTML5), exporting to video, and even making apps. After Effects is a much steeper learning curve but more powerful tool overall. Ideal for higher end complex animation, compositing or special effects work etc. Personally I love Animate and can't get my head around After Effects.

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