Working With Digital Puppets – Creating with Adobe Character Animator

When creating & working with digital puppets we use Adobe Character Animator, part of the Adobe Creative Suite.

Adobe Character Animator

One of the essential tools for creating our bedtime stories is adobe character animator. Here is Luke demonstrating the process on our client-facing digital services site

For our animation, we rely extensively on Adobe Creative Suite. The break down of the programs are as follows.


Unsung Hero Dave Werner, Okay Samurai

Dave Werner runs the Okay Samurai channel which showcases tutorials and creative projects. He live’s in the San Francisco Bay Area in California and works as the Senior Experience Designer Lead on Adobe Character Animator.

Dave is extremely enthusiastic and supportive of anyone who uses CA, he also engages with the community and seemingly answers or acknowledges all comments on his YT video comments section. When running tutorials he adopts a calm delivery approach, on each new tutorial you learn something new, no matter your level of experience. The video included above is a great starting point for learning what is possible with character animator.

The Okay Samurai channel can be here


These are the tools we use for creating visual content.

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Adobe Audition is a professional audio editing application that includes a non-destructive mixing and editing environment, as well as a destructive waveform editing mode. Adobe Audition can be used for: Recording and mixing sound projects. Creating original or remixed music.

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The Difference Between Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. … Photoshop is based on pixels while Illustrator works using vectors. Photoshop is raster-based and uses pixels to create images and is designed for editing and creating photos or raster-based art.

In simple terms, you can design graphics in both, however, because illustrator works in pixels, this means you can scale up a piece of artwork to a much greater size. Doing the same in PhotoShop will make the image look poor.

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Photoshop is considered one of the leaders in photo editing software. The software allows users to manipulate, crop, resize, and correct colour on digital photos. The software is particularly popular amongst professional photographers and graphic designers.

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Adobe developed InDesign for the desktop publishing market, and it’s primarily used to layout newspapers, magazines, books, posters and flyers. Pretty much anything with large amounts of text, that needs formatting should go straight into InDesign.

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Character Animator allows you to import artwork from Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, and breathe life into them. You do so by first capturing your performance using a camera, microphone, keyboard, mouse, or touch screen. While you are performing, Character Animator captures your facial expressions. (see above image of Luke recording a scene with Roger) .

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Adobe After Effects is a digital visual effect, motion graphics, and compositing application developed by Adobe Systems and used in the post-production process of film making and television production. Among other things, After Effects can be used for keying, tracking, compositing, and animation.

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Adobe Premiere is a video editing software package suitable for both amateur enthusiasts and professionals. We use Premier to edit all the elements created in the creative suite together.

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Media Encoder. Rock-solid rendering. Ingest, transcode, create proxies and output to almost any format you can imagine. This powerful tool allows you to work with media in a unified way across applications. Tight integration with Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects and other applications, provides a seamless workflow.