Animating a Character with Bones in Anime Studio

In this Anime Studio tutorial I show you how to animate a character with a series of bones. This includes setting up the Bone layer, skeletal structure, creating links and binding layers.

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  1. Doyle says:

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  2. LaughingSkullGames says:

    uh huh…uh.. huh…you said bone the character. Then you zoom in on his crotch and say he has a fat bone. uh…huh…uh…huh

  3. Ani Georgieva says:

    Hello! I have a question about saving the animated character. Can I save it like this? https://40.media.tumblr.com/2cfe1a6c105337e45feee0e468f741db/tumblr_nopiyejnTf1rolgb0o1_1280.png With different sides.

  4. Tyler DaBoss says:

    bone

  5. Vejeta Blaze says:

    I am draw all bones but iam manipulate bones only bones moving not a character why can you help me and i am using anime studio pro 10

  6. Da Wizzard says:

    I’m using anime pro 7 debut and I don’t have the option to save an action loop such as walking for future projects and when I’m animating how can preview what I animated before I put it out and Is it possible to save animation or action loops to the content library

  7. Crystal Heart says:

    i do not have a add bone tool so how else do i add bones

  8. karla michelle says:

    does anybody here has team viewer or a similer program it just no matter how much i follow the instructions i always find the same problem with the bone tool and i dont know what else to do please if anybody can help me i would be very thankfull

  9. LightningVoltage says:

    bone the character :3*sexual comment inserted*

  10. Dustin Lee says:

    Thanks bro. Helped a lot.

  11. Samuel Silver says:

    ….Let’s resume boning our character…..

  12. The GamerzX Channel says:

    Hey there, realy great tutorial, I only have one question if you could please answer for me :) Im making a walking animation for my android game, but want to render the final animation to sprites (images) and not into a MOV or AVI file.Is that possible?

  13. Joseph Smith says:

    Thx for a easy to follow tutorial

  14. humanistheart says:

    I’m following this step by step but the red arrows don’t show all the way through…looks like the version I’m using may just indicate them with blue arrows

  15. lego smith sigh says:

    let’s bone these character

  16. William TheUnproPro says:

    I’ve only just now found your tutorials, so I’m sorry if I’m asking a question you’ve already answered, but is there a way to animate z-index based things? For example the characters thumb, if he places his hands on his hips, his thumb would go behind his hip.

  17. Chris Burrows says:

    Great tutorial, thanks! But how can I move a bone to a different location (not just rotate) for a keyframe? So that my character’s body can bob up and down as they walks…

  18. Shurn Screen says:

    Great Tutorial, and very helpful, Please have a look at the trailer to my own animated series on my channel!

  19. CMG Studio says:

    Now I know how to bone characters

  20. lego smith sigh says:

    ok lets resume boing our character

  21. sule pamss says:

    i like

  22. brandon williams says:

    and this helped but, I really need more help for cartoon characters animation backgrounds and morePlease Reply or contact mewith Skype or twitterSkype: MoogstirTwitter:Moogstir

  23. brandon williams says:

    I found the program by someone who helps us with the TLC show i’m on

  24. brandon williams says:

    If you could help I would really Appreciate itThanks :)

  25. brandon williams says:

    why is it so simple to draw a star with the shapes tool and make him move with bones but a Character like a human or something just moves weirdly?Please Reply I am trying to make a carton show on T.V

  26. Terra Incognita says:

    Lets resume boning ….

  27. Terra Incognita says:

    Bones balones!

  28. xMYsterYx23 says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! i have watched all your anime studio tutorials and you reaallllyy helped me ALOT!!!!

  29. Alexander Waddington says:
  30. Alexander Waddington says:

    once again solved my problem.

  31. inezeaton says:

    whatever is at the top of the layer list, is in front of the other layers on the page. so for those frames, re-arrange your list so that the arm is demoted on the list and torso is higher up

  32. inezeaton says:

    copy/paste

  33. foREVerA7X568 says:

    Thanks for the tutorials, this really helps me out :D

  34. George Ursachi says:

    Thank you! This helped a lot… I actualy created my own character.

  35. UHeardMe1stTime says:

    If you draw something on the wrong layer is there a way to move it to a different layer without redrawing it?

  36. DreableNeebal10 says:

    No duh Sherlock now SHUT UP!

  37. Russian Broski says:

    Gotta learn in making the arms and legs intact.

  38. GauravTV says:

    Thanks man for such wonderful videos, you are doing a noble job!

  39. MythicHunterz says:

    I’d just like to know how to make a layer appear as though it’s going behind another layer. For example, an arm starting out in front of the character (who’s facing the camera), then to the side, then behind their back. I’ve tried before with little success.

  40. Jarryd Mahabir says:

    great and helpful video

  41. ScribbleTheater says:

    Finally!!!!! Thank you for posting this!

  42. MrPopalosus says:

    Excellent Thank you !

  43. Andrew Ward says:

    i cant get all of those bone tools to come up allive got is manipulate bones and that dosent work because i cant get bones in my character

  44. TheCocoNuters says:

    is your name benik?

  45. Tres Dean says:

    u an idiot

  46. Ryan Seeton says:

    haha he said bone the character, its like he ment it like he wants to put his winky in the character. do you guys get it? heh bone the character, do you guys get it? heh you guyssss

  47. Bart Simpson says:

    Nice

  48. planetmason365 says:

    my skeleton still messes up

  49. Bart Simpson says:

    Awesome!

  50. KennyBrosAnimation says:

    03:51 I dont know why i laughed

  51. Archie Kennedy says:

    Thank you so much – I’ve had AS8 for about a year now and haven’t used it because I didn’t understand how to use it. This has helped massively!

  52. Asim Paudel says:

    This tutorial really gets into my bone. Thanks

  53. Trevor Gruber says:

    please check out my Anime Studio cartoon “Time Benders”

  54. MAGICatBEN says:

    1:00 he he, butt

  55. Devosimms says:

    theres nothing sexual about boning your guy. man some people, jeez

  56. Hawg750 says:

    Thanks, your tutorials are great man.I’ve learned almost everything so far from watching these.

  57. SuperAngellica says:

    *PLEASE ANSWER* Do you know if you can draw a character on paint and open it up to the software? And can you put bones in it to make it move?

  58. Chase Robinson says:

    Check out my first two animes guys I guarantee they make u laugh !

  59. Theo Rafael Gazda says:

    Thank You soo much for you’re tutorials,it helped me soo much:) i’m waiting for more:)

  60. DeLaPiss says:

    no it isn’t dick face shut your mouth this didnt work at all

  61. techgenius2000 says:

    that is not what he means -_-

  62. XSonicSHADOWXx says:

    bone him

  63. Drea Biondo says:

    Thank you so much I was looking for how to do this!! YEA!

  64. juliancro says:

    oooo yeeeeesssss “bind layer” button…thats what i need it ;DDD thank’s

  65. ermacmk16 says:

    thanks god i finally know how to create a skeleton to animate, now lets make some pony animations!!! YAY

  66. JokerfunQ88 says:

    THANK YOU! this is really helpful

  67. Nick Swiss says:

    Dude, for real, thank you. Best tutorial ever, i feel like I’m a pro at this program right now. Just watched your other one on making a character and now mines fully in motion.

  68. barronthemorron says:

    Thank you so much your a natural at this man

  69. gibbygibson3409 says:

    This is a top comment what is wrong with you people!?

  70. prittyisabela says:

    your tutorials are epic… u dont leave 1 thing out like other people… :D

  71. MsGingaLover says:

    04:07 a boneR not a bone.. a boneR gotta add the R

  72. conceptual0theorist says:

    pirate bay

  73. TheVideoGameguide11 says:

    :D

  74. shinyswordstorm says:

    that my friend requires money. something i dont have much of .-.

  75. TheVideoGameguide11 says:

    try flash for that

  76. shinyswordstorm says:

    I HATE bone tool to death !!! i just want to draw frames with some sort of program >_< anime studio was a complete waste of my money

  77. conceptual0theorist says:

    you will have to draw every single frame out. you must use the bone tool if you dont want to waste a massive amount of time.

  78. DorkWars108 says:

    SEXUAL COMMENTS SEXUAL COMMENTS SEXUAL COMMENTSHE SAID BONE THE CHARACTER SEXUAL COMMENTS

  79. BlackSpartan3 says:

    Dude, these are incredible tutorials. I am working with the trial and thinking about purchasing and I was getting frustrated because the tools and interface were not like Photoshop or Illustrator. These tutorials seriously helped me out. I can’t wait to view some more.

  80. jonny616 says:

    Having real trouble with this! I have a character and I want him to do an action from behind, but then turn and walk right. I’ve programmed the action, but I can’t turn him. If I go to side profile, then do a walking action, and then play the whole thing, he is just stood completely sideways for the whole thing doing nothing. How do I add a turn in without it doing this? Any help HUGELY appreciated.

  81. Ben Kraft says:

    hmmmm….. BOOBS!… ALSO? BUMS!!!

  82. michael nehmad says:

    hi were if you bring Photoshop drawings how do you animate them?

  83. shinyswordstorm says:

    plz answer how do i animate frame by frame no bone tool

  84. SaltyStar5 says:

    after tracing my tracing image is cover in red dot and charact is so burry? Why is that

  85. UnseenIvy253 says:

    Thank you so much this helped allot!

  86. Ethereal Darkling says:

    THANK YOU!!!

  87. TheGreenfield1000 says:

    Thank you once more for another amazing tutorial!

  88. MuckyDuckyMedia says:

    Well, the title is “Animating a Character with Bones in ANIME STUDIO”. The clue is in the title. ;)

  89. ConnorBallyuns says:

    i dont get it.it doesn’t work on mine.

  90. misa amane says:

    great job.

  91. misa amane says:

    [..YouTube..] great job.

  92. StephenNOTable says:

    pro

  93. Indianawill1 says:

    Anime Studio

  94. Indianawill1 says:

    [..YouTube..] Anime Studio

  95. blitz blotz says:

    is this debut or pro?

  96. blitz blotz says:

    [..YouTube..] is this debut or pro?

  97. Crash1Fan says:

    It looks like the character… *puts on sunglasses* has a bone-r. YYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAHHHHH

  98. Crash1Fan says:

    [..YouTube..] It looks like the character… *puts on sunglasses* has a bone-r. YYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAHHHHH

  99. nickcanon says:

    Sexual Comment

  100. nickcanon says:

    [..YouTube..] Sexual Comment

  101. OhhBiscuits says:

    The only problem I’m having that is kinda bothering me is that the shoulders look a little deformed when I move them. I think thats just the way I’ve drawn them though, any idea what I could do to at least make a little better? :)

  102. OhhBiscuits says:

    [..YouTube..] The only problem I’m having that is kinda bothering me is that the shoulders look a little deformed when I move them. I think thats just the way I’ve drawn them though, any idea what I could do to at least make a little better? :)

  103. SmileProductionsINC says:

    anime studio i have anime studio 8 pro

  104. [..YouTube..] anime studio i have anime studio 8 pro

  105. MegaShan3 says:

    What is that software?

  106. MegaShan3 says:

    [..YouTube..] What is that software?

  107. narutardro says:

    my bone thing doesnt have the bone layer thing. aka I CANT MAKE BONES USING THIS METHOD!!!!!

  108. narutardro says:

    [..YouTube..] my bone thing doesnt have the bone layer thing. aka I CANT MAKE BONES USING THIS METHOD!!!!!

  109. dragonshavebadbreath says:

    Do you have to layer the picture to put bones in?

  110. [..YouTube..] Do you have to layer the picture to put bones in?

  111. CoolproductionsXD says:

    IT DOESNT WORK!!!!

  112. [..YouTube..] IT DOESNT WORK!!!!

  113. CoolproductionsXD says:

    HELP! I did everything properly and it doesnt work my character like falls apart!

  114. [..YouTube..] HELP! I did everything properly and it doesnt work my character like falls apart!

  115. Lizzy Falcon says:

    Thank you for this (and all your other) AMAZING tutorials. I just purchased Anime Studio Pro and I am so happy to have found your website. Thanks a million. Hopefully I can upgrage from using Windows Movie Maker and start using my Anime Studio Pro.

  116. Lizzy Falcon says:

    [..YouTube..] Thank you for this (and all your other) AMAZING tutorials. I just purchased Anime Studio Pro and I am so happy to have found your website. Thanks a million. Hopefully I can upgrage from using Windows Movie Maker and start using my Anime Studio Pro.

  117. beybreaker says:

    Now I can make my own show! And if it gets really, really popular, I might make it to cartoon network, or nick, like annoying orange!

  118. beybreaker says:

    [..YouTube..] Now I can make my own show! And if it gets really, really popular, I might make it to cartoon network, or nick, like annoying orange!

  119. [..YouTube..] Thank for posting this! I wanted to make an animated cartoon but i didnt know how ^_^ again, thank you

  120. dyladino says:

    thanks!

  121. dyladino says:

    [..YouTube..] thanks!

  122. BassMagnetic says:

    The guy that’s there when you first start up Anime Studio? File>New

  123. BassMagnetic says:

    [..YouTube..] The guy that’s there when you first start up Anime Studio? File>New

  124. edifromvis says:

    I really have problem when i want to conect nouse,mouth..and these staff with this main bone,i do the same as you here,but when i move that bone mouth nouse and these other things doesnt move with it.I didn’t do something properly,but i don’t know what.

  125. edifromvis says:

    [..YouTube..] I really have problem when i want to conect nouse,mouth..and these staff with this main bone,i do the same as you here,but when i move that bone mouth nouse and these other things doesnt move with it.I didn’t do something properly,but i don’t know what.

  126. dyladino says:

    can someone tell me how to get rid of the default guy

  127. dyladino says:

    [..YouTube..] can someone tell me how to get rid of the default guy

  128. soldascinco says:

    Thanks so much for sharing it with us :) )

  129. soldascinco says:

    [..YouTube..] Thanks so much for sharing it with us :) )

  130. beybreaker says:

    he likes to make EVERYTHING a layer.

  131. beybreaker says:

    [..YouTube..] he likes to make EVERYTHING a layer.

  132. KEBA125 says:

    what does he have a butt layer im just being curious

  133. KEBA125 says:

    [..YouTube..] what does he have a butt layer im just being curious

  134. KEBA125 says:

    i have a problem i did everything you said i should do bug my character is doing some bitchy stuff with the layers i use anime studio pro 8 btw

  135. KEBA125 says:

    [..YouTube..] i have a problem i did everything you said i should do bug my character is doing some bitchy stuff with the layers i use anime studio pro 8 btw

  136. Airickk2021 says:

    T H A N K Y O U !I was just getting stupidly frustrated because my bones wouldn’t ATTACH to my freaking retarded character, i just wasn’t binding them. plus my whole character was a single layer. BAH!but i took some time to actually sit down and watch this WHOLE thing..HUZZAH!

  137. Airickk2021 says:

    [..YouTube..] T H A N K Y O U !I was just getting stupidly frustrated because my bones wouldn’t ATTACH to my freaking retarded character, i just wasn’t binding them. plus my whole character was a single layer. BAH!but i took some time to actually sit down and watch this WHOLE thing..HUZZAH!

  138. PiaruBellu says:

    Hi sometimes i want paste a color to a shape but i can’t click paste because is blank so the shape doesn’t get the color…why? (also if i press space, always with the “Create Shape (U)” tool or “Select Shape (Q)” or “Paint Bucket (P)” tools nothing happens)

  139. PiaruBellu says:

    [..YouTube..] Hi sometimes i want paste a color to a shape but i can’t click paste because is blank so the shape doesn’t get the color…why? (also if i press space, always with the “Create Shape (U)” tool or “Select Shape (Q)” or “Paint Bucket (P)” tools nothing happens)

  140. OhhBiscuits says:

    [..YouTube..] All of your tutorials are really helpful! I always find tutorials that are like 2 minutes long because they’ve missed out 40% of what you’re actually supposed to do… Thanks a lot :)

  141. OhhBiscuits says:

    [..YouTube..] ‘Anyway, lets resume boning our character’ Even funnier than the first joke X’D

  142. lolfunnynews says:

    haha

  143. lolfunnynews says:

    [..YouTube..] haha

  144. ForsakenStd says:

    [..YouTube..] Very good tutorials mate

  145. [..YouTube..] Does anybody know something about a problem, that drives me crazy: My bone settings only work right, if I don’t use any change-layers. So with (for example) one arm-type, it works fine. But if I create a change-layer with different arm-types and put it in the bone layer, I lost the correct moves – and I don’t know why. Does anybody know a teaching film about this problem? Or the reason, why the bones work correkt with a single layer, but not with a change-layer? Thx a lot for help and infos!!

  146. Tom Von Deck says:

    Thanks. I’ve been getting frustrated with most of the tutorials out there. There’s always something incredibly important step that’s either missing or not shown. Yours I always learn something from. A couple other good sources are out there, too, but they’re rare. Thanks again.

  147. Tom Von Deck says:

    [..YouTube..] Thanks. I’ve been getting frustrated with most of the tutorials out there. There’s always something incredibly important step that’s either missing or not shown. Yours I always learn something from. A couple other good sources are out there, too, but they’re rare. Thanks again.

  148. monkeywisdom says:

    [..YouTube..] Thanks. I’ve been getting frustrated with most of the tutorials out there. There’s always something incredibly important step that’s either missing or not shown. Yours I always learn something from. A couple other good sources are out there, too, but they’re rare. Thanks again.

  149. Gizmotrold says:

    [..YouTube..] mwwhahahahahha 05:49 boning my character !! bhaawahahahaa … haha..he.h….i need to grow up -.-

  150. Beserker333 says:

    [..YouTube..] how do you draw the picture first and bone the character

  151. BabyMungzBmx says:

    Well i have the same “bone” as him.. a LARGE one.

  152. BabyMungzBmx says:

    [..YouTube..] Well i have the same “bone” as him.. a LARGE one.

  153. Cronos Alcheim says:

    is there a way to have something in the bone layer but not be affected by the bone

  154. Cronos844 says:

    [..YouTube..] is there a way to have something in the bone layer but not be affected by the bone

  155. RammingFausnut says:

    How do you hide the parts that stick out when you animate with bones? like the elbow part etc..

  156. [..YouTube..] How do you hide the parts that stick out when you animate with bones? like the elbow part etc..

  157. CarterL0L says:

    [..YouTube..] Bone the character :) LOOL

  158. [..YouTube..] Yes, click the new layer button , sellect switch give it a name (e.g : EyeShapes) Add all the eye layers into the switch file , when you’re animating right click the switch layer and select wich layer you wanna show , i use it like that , I think he does to ;)

  159. [..YouTube..] @MrLolfreak21196 Yes, click the new layer button , sellect switch give it a name (e.g : EyeShapes) Add all the eye layers into the switch file , when you’re animating right click the switch layer and select wich layer you wanna show , i use it like that , I think he does to ;)

  160. [..YouTube..] A little question , i’m working on a short – animation project , i want to have a cat with a rigged tail , should i divide the tail into sepereta layers and than patch them to each other ? Or can i bind multiple bones to the tail layer ?

  161. [..YouTube..] Thanks you’re awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  162. [..YouTube..] How would I go about changing the character’s emotions? Like, is there a way to save certain facial expressions and use them to use while you animate your cartoon?

  163. fraeofficial says:

    [..YouTube..] THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS! :D

  164. Travis Joe says:

    *havent

  165. MrTravisJoe says:

    [..YouTube..] *havent

  166. MrTravisJoe says:

    [..YouTube..] Thank you so much! This helped a lot. Keep the tutorials coming please. I have looked at all of your videos but could you make a background tutorial? That would be very helpful.

  167. [..YouTube..] why do u need a butt layer?! u actually want to move that?! -.- >.<

  168. ACDSEVEN says:

    [..YouTube..] the best tutorial on the net about bone in anima studio , congratulation.

  169. ParodyN says:

    [..YouTube..] i was wondering how do u make a character walk in a cycle in anime studio, thanks

  170. BongoxFury says:

    [..YouTube..] Nice job! Very informative.

  171. Sparrow639 says:

    [..YouTube..] Where i can get Curve Line ?

  172. Shankidy says:

    lol theres a butt layer

  173. Shankidy says:

    [..YouTube..] lol theres a butt layer

  174. [..YouTube..] what are you gonna bone him with? a raging hard-on? HHHHAHAHAH!

  175. [..YouTube..] Did You have to bone the character to keep it from being a stiff?

  176. ecart723 says:

    [..YouTube..] We have a bone that is fat on the top and skinny at the bottom

  177. Iullian64 says:

    [..YouTube..] how come you don’t just freeze the bones feature on the menu bar?

  178. Macfullmetal36O says:

    Sir, we don’t say “bone the character,” it is called rigging. Know your terminology. ;)

  179. [..YouTube..] Sir, we don’t say “bone the character,” it is called rigging. Know your terminology. ;)

  180. qnaman says:

    [..YouTube..] – that’s absoluttely true. I cold say A cs 5 is just a plagiarism. But… The power of flash is inside code. You can do many things, which anime studio can’t do. I think about applications…Anime studio is better for animations. And flash cs 5 is better for flash games, and many, many other stuffs.

  181. qnaman says:

    [..YouTube..] @Dragon4zulStudios – that’s absoluttely true. I cold say A cs 5 is just a plagiarism. But… The power of flash is inside code. You can do many things, which anime studio can’t do. I think about applications…Anime studio is better for animations. And flash cs 5 is better for flash games, and many, many other stuffs.

  182. qnaman says:

    [..YouTube..] In fact It’s better to buy a 3d program. Because, you can make a many thing, which you can make in adobe flash. And more, more, more!!!!

  183. qnaman says:

    [..YouTube..] In fact It’s better to buy a 3d program. Because, you can make a many thing, which you can make in adobe flash. And more, more, more!!!!

  184. qnaman says:

    [..YouTube..] @tazatriste In fact It’s better to buy a 3d program. Because, you can make a many thing, which you can make in adobe flash. And more, more, more!!!!

  185. tazatriste says:

    [..YouTube..] Anime Studio is much more powerful and faster than flash.

  186. tazatriste says:

    [..YouTube..] @xXGamerxdudeXx Anime Studio is much more powerful and faster than flash.

  187. [..YouTube..] Hey, Bineck, you mad bro?

  188. [..YouTube..] fucking finally! thank you, this is what I have been waiting to see! YEA!….Boner……hehe.

  189. MrLolfreak21196 says:

    fucking finally! thank you, this is what I have been waiting to see! YEA!

  190. [..YouTube..] fucking finally! thank you, this is what I have been waiting to see! YEA!

  191. Ace0fArts says:

    [..YouTube..] can i bone a character ive made in ilustrator?

  192. bobredding says:

    [..YouTube..] I ALSO have a small bone on the pelvic region.

  193. ethosaur says:

    [..YouTube..] Now if only flash was that easy :S

  194. GNFart says:

    [..YouTube..] do you like anime studio more than flash ?

  195. goldmoney94 says:

    [..YouTube..] So hard not to giggle

  196. [..YouTube..] @xXGamerxdudeXx because the new tools of Flash CS5 are copies of this Software, is terrible but is true, so this software is better for make cartoons on this way (I’m not saying that FCS5 is bad)

  197. [..YouTube..] Chad… Always boning your characters.

  198. [..YouTube..] Why don’t you use flash cs5?

  199. [..YouTube..] Thanks for the video sir!

  200. Will Pritz says:

    boning the character is a natural thing

  201. BUTTERshin says:

    [..YouTube..] boning the character is a natural thing

  202. deadly1010P says:

    haha bone the character

  203. deadly1010P says:

    [..YouTube..] haha bone the character

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