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Animating a Detailed Head Turn in Anime Studio

In the last part of our head turning series, we utilize smart bones, point animation and other techniques to create a detailed head turn. This includes movement for hair, ears, eyes, nose, mouth and other facial details. Part 1: Rigging the Eyes for the Head Turn Part 2: Rigging a Mouth for the Head Turn […]

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Rigging a Mouth for a Detailed Head Turn in Anime Studio

In the second part of our advanced head turning tutorial series, we rig up a mouth capable of movements via a Smart Bone. Like the eyes in part 1, this will allow us to create a more polished head turn in our third part. Part 1: Rigging the Eyes for the Head Turn Part 3: […]

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Creating Realistic Torso Movements in Anime Studio

If you are looking to add some realism or polish to your animations, then you will want to check out this Anime Studio tutorial. Here we demonstrate how to draw a male torso and then create subtle movements with the chest in conjunction with an arm using Smart Bones. Software Required: Anime Studio Pro 9 […]

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Animating a Head Turn with Smart Bones in Anime Studio Pro 9

There are many different ways to create head turns in Anime Studio. In this video, Chad and Jim demonstrate how to create a smooth head turn from front to left and then to right by using a Smart Bone dial. Software Required: Anime Studio Pro 9 or Later Skill Level: Beginner Recorded By: Jim Mills […]

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Anime Studio 9 Tutorials Now Online!

Anime Studio 9 is now available! With this new release, I teamed up with Smith Micro to deliver the official tutorial series spanning over 50 different lessons. These lessons cover both Debut and Pro versions of the software and should be valuable to newcomers. You can find the tutorials in the Anime Studio section of […]

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Advanced Workspace Tools in Anime Studio Pro 9

The workspace tools in Anime Studio Pro allow you to move, zoom and rotate the canvas in a 3D space. This will not affect your animation and is meant for work purposes. Note: This tutorial was created for Smith Micro and is part of the official Anime Studio Pro 9 tutorial list.

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Vector Shape Selector in Anime Studio Pro 9

By default, you can only select an object if its current layer is selected. With the Vector Shape Selector, you can select any vector you see on the canvas and automatically select the layer it currently sits on. Note: This tutorial was created for Smith Micro and is part of the official Anime Studio Pro […]

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Introduction to Anime Studio Pro 9′s Timeline

The timeline allows us to map out every animation in the project file. The timeline contains three tabs: Channels, Sequencer and Graph Mode, which will all be discussed in this tutorial. Note: This tutorial was created for Smith Micro and is part of the official Anime Studio Pro 9 tutorial list.

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Color Effects and More with the Styles Palette in Anime Studio Pro 9

The Styles Palette allows us to not only choose different colors and adjust stroke widths, but create special gradient, shaded and texture effects. This tutorial will walk you through the basics. Note: This tutorial was created for Smith Micro and is part of the official Anime Studio Pro 9 tutorial list.

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New Smart Bones in Anime Studio Pro 9

Bones can be a great help in Anime Studio. Sometimes though they tend to glitch or bend in ways we don’t like. With the new Smart Bones system we can create pre-set actions to help fix the way bones move. On top of that, we can create a system of dials that control the movements […]

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Downloading and Using Scripts in Anime Studio Pro 9

One of the great benefits of Anime Studio Pro is being able to expend its tool and feature set with custom coded scripts. If you have the knowledge you can program these scripts yourself or download them from an external source. This tutorial shows you how to use, downloaded and install new scripts. Note: This […]

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Connecting Your Files in Anime Studio Pro 9

The Real Time Media Connection in Anime Studio Pro allows you to alter imported files outside of the software and then see the changes take place instantly. This is great if you quickly need to edit an imported image or audio file. Note: This tutorial was created for Smith Micro and is part of the […]

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Configuring Project Settings in Anime Studio Pro 9

Adjusting the resolution, frame rate and frame count are just some of the features you can tweak in Anime Studio Pro. The background color, depth of field and render settings can also be adjusted in this panel. Check out this video to see how to access all the features. Note: This tutorial was created for […]

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Importing 3D Poser Objects into Anime Studio Pro 9

With Anime Studio Pro, you not only have the ability to import 3D objects, but Poser project files as well. This makes working between the two Smith Micro projects seamless and easy. Note: This tutorial was created for Smith Micro and is part of the official Anime Studio Pro 9 tutorial list.

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Creating Physics with Anime Studio Pro 9

With Anime Studio Pro, you can create physics so that objects interact with each other when touched or dropped. This can be useful for creating realistic looking movements. Note: This tutorial was created for Smith Micro and is part of the official Anime Studio Pro 9 tutorial list.

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Hiding Seams with the Patch Layer in Anime Studio Pro 9

Introduced in Anime Studio Pro 8, the patch layer allows you to hide seams that may be appearing when animating a limb. This tutorial shows you how to implement a patch. Note: This tutorial was created for Smith Micro and is part of the official Anime Studio Pro 9 tutorial list.

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Improved Onionskinning in Anime Studio Pro 9

The new onionskin system in Anime Studio Pro 9 allows for better distinction between frames with color coded outlines. On top of that, frames that come before or after the selected frame will gradually fade out, giving you a better idea of distance between frames. Finally, you now have an option to turn on a […]

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Working with Layer Tools in Anime Studio Pro 9

With the Layer Tools you can adjust the position, size and rotation of a layer. Along with that you can set the origin, create a movement path and rotate the layers in 3D space. Note: This tutorial was created for Smith Micro and is part of the official Anime Studio Pro 9 tutorial list.

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Layer Types in Anime Studio Pro 9

There are many different layer types to choose from in Anime Studio Pro 9. Vectors, Images, Bones, Patches and Notes are just a few we will be covering in this tutorial. Note: This tutorial was created for Smith Micro and is part of the official Anime Studio Pro 9 tutorial list.

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Enhanced Keyframe Editing in Anime Studio Pro 9

With Anime Studio Pro 9, you have new options for altering your keyframes including being able to use your keyboard to copy, paste and delete, moving keyframes past one another on the timeline and mass moving keyframes while keeping an object’s motion path intact. This tutorial covers all of these new features. Note: This tutorial […]

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Importing Photoshop Files (PSD’s) into Anime Studio Pro 9

If you do a lot of work in Photoshop, then this feature will be of value to you. When importing Photoshop files, you have the option to import the document as one image or separate the layers out in Anime Studio. This tutorial demonstrates how to do it. Note: This tutorial was created for Smith […]