Adobe Character Animator 2020 MAC
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Category Graphics & Design
Vendor Adobe
Operating System MAC
Language English, Dutch... 

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Eye-opening animations. In eye-opening time.

Character Animator uses your expressions and movements to animate characters in real time. It’s so fast, you can livestream while you work to wow audiences every step of the way.

Put your best face forward.

Your performance can bring a character to life. Using your webcam and microphone, Character Animator matches your expressions — from syncing lips to tracking eyes — to animate in real time.


Create a character in seconds.

Turn any art into an animated character with your webcam, powered by Adobe Sensei AI. Import art from Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop or start with built-in character templates.


Adobe Character Animator overview

Summary of what this application is, how to download and install it, and getting started using Character Animator to animate your puppets.

Character Animator enables expressive, high-quality performance-based animation. It’s so fast, it can even be used live. 

Character Animator allows you to import artwork from Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, and breathe life into them. You do so by first capturing your performance using a camera, microphone, keyboard, mouse, or touch screen. While you are performing, Character Animator captures your facial expressions.


Who is Character Animator for?

Character Animator is for anyone who wants to create a character and make it come alive! It helps you to rig a character, create puppets by modifying built-in character templates, by importing your Photoshop and Illustrator characters, or by using new Sensei-powered Characterizer. Character Animator is for everyone from the aspiring to professional animator, video content creator, educators, gamers, graphic designers, or illustrators who work in the media and entertainment industry and require fast-turn animation as a part of their overall workflow. This tool also allows you to host live interaction between characters and fans. 


How do I use the application?

Create your Character Animator project

A Character Animator project is a collection of puppets, scenes, and supporting items (for example, artwork and audio files). You can create separate projects to organize related work, such as for an episode of a cartoon or for a specific client. Each project is stored on disk as a separate folder.

For more information, see Projects.

Create your first character

There are different ways in which you can create your first character. You can choose to use a template puppet, create a new character using Characterizer, or by creating your own puppet.

You can choose to use the templates available from the Character Animator Home screen. Choose a template puppet from the Home screen, and start animating it. To open the artwork automatically in Photoshop/Illustrator, use the Edit Original command on the puppet, or hold down Command (macOS) / Ctrl (Windows) while clicking the example puppet.

Home screen
Home screen

Use Characterizer to easily create a custom puppet based on your facial expressions and reference art. Click Open Characterizer in the Home screen to get started. For more information, see Create puppet using Characterizer.

Characterizer on the Ch Home screen
Characterizer on the Ch Home screen

You can also create a puppet with your own art by importing a multi-layered Photoshop or Illustrator file. Character Animator can import multi-layered Photoshop and Illustrator files representing the structural pieces (head, eyes, mouth shapes, and so forth) of a character. The selected file is imported and a puppet appears in the Rig panel. The structure in the Photoshop or Illustrator document determines the structure of the puppet. Note that it is very important that the puppet is made according to the standards required for rigging it. Watch this tutorial for more information.


Control the puppet using your webcam, microphone, and mouse

Place your face at a comfortable distance from the webcam. Make a neutral facial expression, then click Set Rest Pose. Red tracking dots appear on your face. Try moving and rotating your head from side to side, making different facial features, blinking, and talking. Use your mouse to drag near the character’s arms.


Adjust the behavior of your puppet

A puppet has behaviors, capabilities that let you control its movement, deformation, appearance, and other attributes. Behaviors allow you to add expressive control to your puppets. Some behaviors use external controls, such as the webcam or audio or mouse input.

Face tracking is an example of a behavior, and so is the walk. Adjust behavior parameters to modify and rehearse how the puppet moves, appears, and reacts. Most behaviors have parameters that let you customize the results.

Walk cycle

Export the recorded scene or integrate with other Adobe applications

After you have recorded the scene, using Dynamic Link, you can open a scene directly in After Effects or Premiere Pro and keep a live connection to the original scene in Character Animator. Changes to the scene in Character Animator are automatically reflected when switching back to After Effects or Premiere Pro.

You can export directly to  Adobe Media Encoder, or to a PNG sequence and WAV file. The exported movie file can be played back immediately.

For more information, see Export.

Stream a scene live

You can also broadcast a scene live to external devices or applications.

Minimum system requirements for Character Animator


  Minimum requirement

Multi-core Intel processor with 64-bit support

Operating system

Windows 10 (Version 1903 or later)

RAM 8 GB of RAM (16 GB or more recommended)
Hard-disk space

3 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)

Display 1280x1080 display (1920x1080 or larger recommended)
OpenGL Latest qualified graphics driver for your GPU, with at least OpenGL 3.2 support
Hardware requirement for recording
  • Webcam (for face tracking)
  • Microphone (for audio recording and lip sync)
  • Headphones (to prevent recorded audio takes from being re-recorded in subsequent takes)

Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.

  • Manufacturer: Adobe

Adobe Character Animator 2020 MAC

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