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How to Create a Walking Animation in Anime Studio

Updated on June 4, 2015

What's Anime Studio?

Anime Studio is an animation software that can be used to create and animate cartoon figures. Anime studio, like most animating applications, contains the tools needed to create outstanding animated figures.

To create a walking animation in Anime Studio, you make use of various techniques, such as frame by frame animation, animating an entire layer, using bones to animate parts of an object or simply animating points of an object. throughout this hub, I'm going to show you how to make a walking animation, combining various techniques with Anime Studio pro 6.

To begin creating a walking animation, you should have a character of your own already. Either created in anime or any other animation software. To make this animation more realistic, I created a background against which the walking animation will have a static reference background.

Background | Source

How to Create Frame by Frame Animation?

To start this animation, select the bone layer of your character on the layers palette to the right. Click on the translate layer tool, and then click and drag your character to left side of the working area. which is where the walking animation is going to start.

Now, click on frame 24 in the timeline, and then click on the manipulate bones tool. With the cursor of the mouse, click on your character's right foot and move the foot a little off the ground by about the same distance you move your foot when walking.

Click on frame 24 in the timeline. With the cursor of the mouse click and drag your character's left foot back, by about the distance the size of one shoe. Anime Studio creates the keyframes automatically. and also creates movement between those keyframes.

Frame by Frame Animation
Frame by Frame Animation | Source

To continue frame by frame animation. click on frame 48. Now, click and drag your character's right foot and bring it back to about the position where the left foot is. click and drag the left foot to bring it to the front of the character. This is how you create the walking movement in your character.

Click on frame 72 and move the left foot to a position behind the character and the right foot to the front of the character. From here, you're going to continue doing the same procedure. Select the next frame and click and drag your character's feet, each time, moving one foot opposite of the other.

Dragging the Feet
Dragging the Feet | Source

How to Copy and Paste Frames in Anime Studio?

Once you've reached frame 120, just copy the frames and paste them, beginning at frame 144. The walking should continue naturally. If not, erase one frame until the animation seems natural.

Copy and Paste
Copy and Paste | Source

How to Make Walking Animation More natural in Anime Studio?

To make walking animation more realistic, create animation in the arms and the head of your character using the same keyframes from the walking animation. Click on frame 24. Now, click and drag the right arm of your character by about two hands away from the pelvis. Do the same with the left hand in the opposite direction.

Continue doing this in every 24 frames. Each time, moving both arms in opposite directions to make the walking animation more natural. Do the same for the head at every 48 frames, clicking and dragging the head slightly to the front and back.

Animating the Arms and the Head
Animating the Arms and the Head | Source

How to Create Layer Animation in Anime Studio?

To make the character seem like it is walking, you can create layer animation. Select the bone layer of your character in the layers palette. click on frame 240 in the timeline. click on the translate layer tool and click and drag your character to the right side of the working area. Click on the play button in the timeline. You should see your character walking from left side to right side of the working area.

Translate Layer Tool
Translate Layer Tool | Source


Creating more realistic walking animations requires moving the legs in the same way that a human being does; the movement includes the hips, thighs, lower legs and feet. Before creating this animation, I had to look at myself walking against a mirror. With a little practice and patience, you'll be able to create a more realistic walking animation.


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    Jose Juan Gutierrez 4 years ago from Mexico City

    Thanks for reading and leaving your comment. Animation Studio is an effective application for creating this and other outstanding animated figures. You might find it very useful.

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    alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

    How fun. I wasn't aware of Animation Studio -- will have to check it out and see if it can be another outlet for creativity. Voting this Up and Useful.

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    Jose Juan Gutierrez 4 years ago from Mexico City

    Thanks for reading this hub. I've been creating animation starting last year, but I will continue learning and creating animation in the years to come.

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    Wilbart26 4 years ago

    Great tutorial, I am also doing some animation, but in on blender and sometimes in maya, I export them in my gaming engines after the animation, and then a game is born. Thanks for this hub.