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Adding different mouth features to the Adobe AI Template?

Engaged ,
Oct 10, 2018 Oct 10, 2018

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I downloaded the Adobe template containing just the blank layer structure to use in Illustrator for creating puppets.

1. There were not angry or upset face options in the template that I downloaded. I can create new layers for this, though how do I get Character Animator to recognize them? How do you name them, etc.?

Thanks.

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LEGEND , Oct 11, 2018 Oct 11, 2018

There are many ways to achieve this - there is not a single way. It depends on your puppet. I mention how I normally do expressions for my puppet eyes in https://extra-ordinary.tv/2018/04/21/debugging-character-animator-eyess/​ but there is also the mouth structure.

For the mouth, I normally create a "Mouth Group" layer with children of "Mouth" (under which goes all the normal visemes), angry, grumpy, etc. I then create a swap set based on those layers. So using triggers I replace the default Lip

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Oct 11, 2018 Oct 11, 2018

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There are many ways to achieve this - there is not a single way. It depends on your puppet. I mention how I normally do expressions for my puppet eyes in https://extra-ordinary.tv/2018/04/21/debugging-character-animator-eyess/​ but there is also the mouth structure.

For the mouth, I normally create a "Mouth Group" layer with children of "Mouth" (under which goes all the normal visemes), angry, grumpy, etc. I then create a swap set based on those layers. So using triggers I replace the default LipSync controlled "Mouth" with a particular expression. I found things don't work well if you put the extra expressions inside "Mouth" - it gets confused.

But you could instead replace the whole head for example - have completely different sets of eyes, mouth, etc for different expressions. That would also work - its just a choice of what makes more sense for your artwork. I tend to follow the above pattern just because once I got it working I repeat it over and over again. But there are certainly other ways (like replacing the entire head).

It can be useful browsing the sample puppets as well. I am not sure which has good example to be honest, but I am sure there are some useful examples in there. I would look at the available triggers for the puppets to see if there are any "expression" triggers.

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New Here ,
Apr 13, 2021 Apr 13, 2021

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I see in the EYES you did all the emotional expression with the EYELID TOP/BOTTOM then EYEBALL TOP/BOTTOM

I just have mine as the whole eye with the expression. Can I do this also... keep it simple since I am working in Photoshop. I may try to recreate this is AI but I have already done some much of this in PS.

Please advise.

Then how do I make this work...I am reading your post right now.

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