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You can download your app from the Creative Cloud website. If prompted, sign in to your Adobe account, then click either Download or Install for your app. For more information, see Download your Creative Cloud apps.

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. To learn more, see Sign in to activate your Adobe apps.

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Sign in to your Adobe account. Under the Password section, select Change for Current Password, and then follow the onscreen instructions.

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

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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. There are many behaviors Character Animator has to to offer such as body (directly controlled), body (auto-animating), layer swapping, Physical simulations and Utility behaviors.  A behavior can have parameters for tuning it to your needs. For more information, 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.

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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