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How to Create a Walking Animation in Anime Studio
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.