Troubleshooting & help

Download & install

Character Animator is installed via the Creative Cloud apps catalog or desktop app, and is available as part of an All Apps plan. You’ll need to sign in with your Adobe ID and password to complete the download. For more information, including how to install older versions or check for updates, see Download your creative cloud apps

If a Preview or Beta version of Character Animator is currently installed, Character Animator will not appear as an update, but instead as a separate app to install. If the Beta version is no longer needed, uninstall it from the Creative Cloud app. Earlier Preview versions of Character Animator are uninstalled when the corresponding version of After Effects that it came with is also uninstalled.

When Character Animator is installed, Adobe Media Encoder is also installed to easily render movies of your scenes. After Effects no longer automatically installs Character Animator, so install it separately if needed.
Even though Character Animator is only available via All Apps plan, Preview and Beta versions of Character Animator (including those available as part of a Single App plan of After Effects) can still be used.

Existing projects and puppet files created with the Beta version of Character Animator can be opened in Character Animator. These files are not removed when the Beta version of Character Animator is uninstalled.

For solutions to a "failed to install" error, see Error: "Failed to install" Creative Cloud desktop app. To resolve other download, installation, and update issues, see this download and install troubleshooting guide.

You can try Character Animator when you download a trial of After Effects or Creative Cloud from the Creative Cloud apps catalog. You'll need to sign in with an Adobe ID and password to download a trial. For detailed instructions, see Download and install a Creative Cloud trial.

Read these simple solutions to common Adobe ID and sign in issues to regain access to your account.

You can install Character Animator and other Creative Cloud apps on up to two computers. If you want to install it on a third computer, you need to deactivate it on one of your previous machines. Learn more about activating and deactivating Creative Cloud apps.

Account Management

Sign in to your Adobe accounts page with your current Adobe ID and password. From there, click the Security & Privacy tab, and then click Change under Password. For more information on changing your password and other account information, see Manage your Adobe ID account.

Switching Creative Cloud plans is easy. Follow these step-by-step instructions to upgrade or change your plan.

If you cancel your membership, you still have access to Creative Cloud member free benefits and any files you saved to your device. You won't have access to apps or most services and your cloud storage will be reduced to 2 GB. Learn how to Cancel your Creative Cloud membership and understand the Adobe subscription terms.


If you structure and name the layers of your Photoshop or Illustrator files correctly, Character Animator auto-assigns tags to each feature. It then auto-rigs your puppet for you. Learn how to properly structure and name your layers to use the auto-rigging feature.

You control a puppet through the behaviors that are applied to it. Face tracking is an example of a behavior, and so is the automatic wiggling of vectored artwork. A behavior can have parameters for tuning it to your needs. For more informatin, see Control puppets using behaviors.

You can directly export a scene from Character Animator to a movie format via Adobe Media Encoder. The default movie format is H.264. For more information, see Exporting your Character Animator projects.

You can import your Character Animator scene in to Premiere Pro and After Effects. For more information, see Import a scene in to other applications.

Common issues

For more information about Character Animator licensing errors and troubleshooting them, see Troubleshoot licensing errors.

If you assign several keyboard triggers, it can be difficult to remember which keys to use for various behaviors. To see assigned trigger keys, select the puppet and open the Triggers panel (choose Window > Triggers) if the puppet uses the Triggers behavior, or choose Puppet > Show Obsolete Trigger Keys if the puppet uses the obsolete Keyboard Triggers behavior. Learn more about using keyboard triggers with your puppet

There are few ways you can get started:

  • You can click the Start Here! link in the Welcome screen to open the Getting Started project, featuring professionally animated, interactive puppets.
  • You can download Character Animator example projects and artwork to use for your own project.


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