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Parallax Effect for Scrolling 2D Backgrounds - After Effects Character Animation Part 8

In this part you learn how to create a parallax effect for the 2D scrolling background. Depending on the distance, the different parts of the background move with a different speed. With the iExpressions rig shown in this part, you only need to move one background layer manually and all other elements follow automatically with a speed that depends on their distance.
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Secondary Animations - After Effects Character Animation Part 7

In this part add more realism to our character with secondary animations. We add a little bit of random motion since in real life people never stand 100% still. Also, we animate her chest to simulate some breathing and make her hair swing a bit when she is walking.
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Baby Buggy Wiggle - After Effects Character Animation Part 6

In this part we extend the rig for our baby buggy such that the buggy wiggles automatically when it is moving.
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Zorro the Layer Tagger - After Effects Character Animation Part 4

In this part you learn all about Zorro, the layer tagger. This tool is very helpful, whenever you have an After Effects project with lots of layers.
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Tutorial Series: Character Animation with After Effects

Each Monday we release one new part of our Character Aninmation Tutorial Series. So far, the first three of the eight parts are online:

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Automated Walk Cycle - After Effects Character Animation Part 3

In this part we create an automated walk cycle with iExpressions. You just need to keyframe the position of the character and the iExpressions-based rig animates the legs and the body automatically such that the character is walking.
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Skinning with the Puppet Tool - After Effects Character Animation Part 2

In this part, we connect the skeleton to our character using the puppet tool. You learn the basics, but also some advanced tips for this workflow. For example, you learn how to achieve that puppet pins on the skirt of the character are influenced by the bones of both legs simultaneously.
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Automatic Walk Cycle for 2D Characters

In this tutorial you learn how to create an automatic walk cycle in After Effects using iExpressions. You just need to keyframe the position of the character and the iExpression automatically animates the feet, body and hands accordingly such that the character is walking.
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