October 2017 release of Character Animator CC

Adobe Character Animator CC is a character animation application that allows you to bring expressive characters to life using your own artwork. Character Animator, now officially out of Beta, is a unique and powerful application for intuitive 2D character animation. Create characters in Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC and bring them to life by acting out your movements and recording your voice using your webcam or microphone. Character Animator tracks your facial expressions and motions in real time.

The latest update to Character Animator further simplifies the animation process while giving artists the flexibility to deliver expressive, high-quality animations.

For a summary of features introduced in earlier releases of Adobe Character Animator CC, see Feature summary | earlier releases.

Triggers Behavior & panel

New in the October 2017 release

This release of Character Animator introduces the Trigger panel and behavior. The Triggers behavior allows you to trigger artwork with the easier setup of custom-named triggers that can reference layers in different groups. The triggers are listed in the Triggers panel. You can assign a key to a trigger, view the list of layers controlled by a trigger, and even associate a MIDI note to trigger artwork using a connected MIDI device.

For more information, see Triggers and triggers panel.

Controls panel

New in the October 2017 release

Get a whole new animating experience using the Control panel. Expand beyond the limitation of the keyboard by assigning graphical buttons for triggers and sliders and knobs for numeric behavior parameters, and laying them out in a customizable, visual interface. You can also assign these controls to buttons, faders, and knobs on a MIDI device. You can also share visual trigger and parameter controls with other people.

For more information, see Controls panel.

New Behavior: Collision Physics, Layer Picker, and Fader

New in the October 2017 release

New in this release, the Layer Picker behavior triggers a specific layer in a puppet or group. Choose the layer by index number, percentage, microphone, keyboard, mouse, touch enabled display, or a combination of any of these. Each layer can have Cycle Layers applied for more complex triggering of layers.

The fader behavior allows you to show or hide a specific part of a puppet by fading the opacity of that part over time. The part fades in and out when triggered.

Collisions, as a part of the new Physics behavior, allows scene layers to bounce, collide, and interact with each other or with your puppet. For example, if a puppet is holding an open umbrella above its head, raindrops would fall along each side of the umbrella instead of getting your puppet wet.

For more information, see Physics: Simulate object movement and deformations.


Pose-to-pose animation

New in the October 2017 release

Use this new feature to automatically transition between key poses as you move your head and eyebrows while adjusting how long each frame pauses. You can also customize your motion to match your puppet’s design. Adjust the Pose-to-Pose Movement parameter to control how much to pause the head and face motion.

For more information, see Face: Pose-to-pose movement.

Rigging and user interface enhancements

New in the October 2017 release

Rigging a puppet with the independent part is now streamlined with the automatic attachment of these independent groups to their parents (example, arms, legs, or other parts that overlap the torso). For newly imported artwork, position the group's origin to where you expect it to attach. New visualization in the Puppet panel shows how independent groups attach to their parent group's mesh, which now includes a yellow outline to indicate the selected layer in the Puppet panel. Clipping masks let you use the content of a layer to mask the layers above it.

For more information, see Editing puppet structure.

Eye and Eyebrow movement

New in the October 2017 release

This release of Character Animator introduces nine common dart positions (up, down, left, right, four corners, and straight ahead) for the pupil of the puppet. You can control eye darting with the arrow keys, mouse, camera input, or by dragging on a touch-enabled display. Eyebrow movement has also enhanced. You can tilt the eyebrows as you raise or lower them for more expressiveness – such as tilting inward at the low point to accentuate a scowl, or tilting outward at the high point to enhance a surprised look.

For more information, see Control puppets using behaviors.


Audio waveform and audio track resizing

New in the October 2017 release

Get a visual representation of audio amplitude with a new audio waveform display. Waveforms now appear on audio tracks to help adjust the timing of a puppet's entrance on a scene, the takes, and the visemes. Edit your audio with the full power of Audition and immediately see the changes in Character Animator after saving.

For more information, see Audio waveform and audio track resizing.

Lip syncing improvements

New in the October 2017 release

A new lip-sync algorithm powered by Adobe Sensei accurately picks the right mouth shapes to correspond with spoken sounds. Automatic lip-sync data created in Character Animator can now be copied and pasted into After Effects and other applications as keyframes.

For more information, see Lip Sync: Control a puppet’s mouth with your voice.

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