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Learn Procreate Animation: Create Engaging Animated Letters on the iPad

teacher avatar Esther Nariyoshi, Published Illustrator based in the US

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Class Introduction


    • 2.

      Technique 1 Glitch Effect


    • 3.

      Technique 2 Moving Paths Effect


    • 4.

      Technique 3 Liquid Wipe Effect


    • 5.

      Technique 4 Morphing Effect


    • 6.

      Technique 5 Shatter Effect


    • 7.

      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

This class covers 5 beginner-friendly animation techniques on the Procreate app on iPad. This class is great for illustrators and letterers who want to add life to their artwork. 

Through exercises and examples, you will learn how to animate:

  • Animation Technique 1: Glitch Effect
  • Animation Technique 2: Moving Paths Effect
  • Animation Technique 3: Liquid Wipe Effect
  • Animation Technique 4: Morphing Effect
  • Animation Technique 5: Shatter Effect


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1. Class Introduction: I love animated illustrations. The movements of the otherwise static elements tell much stronger stories to the viewers. The creative use of time and space invites viewers to engage and appreciate the visual impact in a deeper way. Hi everyone, welcome to the class. My name is Esther and every O'Shea, I am a US based illustrator and a top teacher here on Skillshare. My work is seen on variety of surfaces as well as magazines and popular design blogs. Today we will be creating snazzy animations on the iPad. I am fascinated by traditional frame-by-frame animation. And I am amazed by how much of the core results can be achieved by using just one single app on the iPad. This class is designed for beginners who have little to no experience drawing or animating. Although the skills you learn from the class can be applied to complex illustrations. We are going to tackle only letters in this class, which are made up of very basic geometric shapes. If you're older than five, chances are you are already overqualified for the class. By the end of the class, you will be able to animate one letter by using any or all of the techniques we cover in the class. You can upload it to the project gallery under this class, as well as posterior new creative chops on social media. Or if you're shy, you can just send it to your mom and make her proud. I'm excited to show you how we can turn our hand lettering into animated illustrations. I'll see you in class. 2. Technique 1 Glitch Effect: When you opened Procreate on iPad, your screen probably looks similar to this. You want to come over to the upper right-hand corner and click on the plus icon to create a canvas which is equivalent of a new document. You can choose different sizes if you have a particular dimension in mind. I am just going to choose my screen size, which is the top choice, the list. I can go ahead and just tap on the screen size. If you want to create a document of a specific size, you can go ahead and click on this icon right here. And then put in your size, the dimension of your Canvas from here. I am just going to cancel and tap on the screen size to create my canvas. By default, the canvas is white, so I am going to change it to a darker color. Just for the sake of recording, it's easier on my eyes. I am going to tap on the layer site Kong in a corner and tap on the background color. From there, you can select the background color. I am going to choose something like navy blue, ish color, maybe less saturated. Then we're going to create animation on top of this background layer. Like I said earlier in the introduction, we're not going to go through very specific illustration techniques because we want to keep our focus on the animation side of things. So we are going to use very simple geometric shapes. In this case, for our first technique, we're going to animate a letter 0. I am going to use a brush that is pretty clean on the edge. I have created this brush from scratch, which I will also make it available for you to download in the resources tab. Once I have my brush selected, I'm going to tap on my canvas to go back to the main drawing area to test your brush. You can always just scribble on your screen. For this particular brush I have created in such a way that will automatically smooth out your lines. So I am going to draw a letter 0. So go ahead and draw a circle on your screen, but delayed the lifting of your pen. In this way, you can get a much better circle or oval. With the tip of the pen is still touching the screen. I can change the size of my oval. And I'm just going to let go from here. For all the type designers out there, you're probably cringing right now. But for the simplicity of the class, we're going to draw an OH, this way. As you can see, there are still some things that needs to be cleaned up. I am going to use my eraser, maybe make it a little finer to smooth out the connection point. We're pretty zoomed in at this point. You can't use your two fingers. Quick pinch on the canvas to fit your canvas back to screen. This is our letter 0. I am going to at this point to turn on the animation assist, which is under this wrench icon on the upper left-hand corner. Click on it and click on Canvas and turn on this animation assist. Just toggle. Immediately you will see the animation assist panel appearing at the bottom of your screen. This will show you each frame of your animation. For the sake of simplicity, we're going to only make five different frames. So I'm just going to go ahead and click on the Layer icon on the upper right-hand corner and left swipe the layer to reveal some options. We're going to click on Duplicate, left, swipe, duplicate until we have five layers to work with. So I'm gonna go back to the first layer here. What I want to do is to add glitch effect. This letter 0, which is super simple to do. You want to click on the adjustment panel on the upper left-hand corner and down the list, click on the glitch. The percentage of the fact is zero. That's probably why nothing changes when you play with the sliders at the bottom. So what you wanna do is to take your pencil and slide on screen from left to right. In this way, you will see the glitch effect. 100% is the strongest. I usually stay maybe around 30 to 20% Also over here there are four subcategories of the glitch effect, and you can just tap on them to toggle. My favorite for this animation is to artefact. And by the way, don't worry too much about the colors. We can change the colors later altogether. So I'm going to just choose the first effect, which is called artifact, and then play with the sliders until I'm happy with the size and the severity of the effect. Maybe here is my happy place. Once you are happy with it, you can just tap on screen and apply the effect. You can also just directly tap on your layers panel and go to the next layer. In this case, when you click on the next layer, you can still see the shadow of the first layer is called the onion skin. This is super, super helpful because you can make mindful decisions based on previous animations. By default, Procreate will show you all the previous frames. I think that's a little too much. So I'm just going to tap on Settings and then change the onion skin frames to maybe one or two. In this case, since our animation is pretty simple, we're going to just keep the frames count to one. So we can only see previous one frame instead of all five frames. And then you can also change the opacity. I think 50% is pretty good. You can also change the colors because we have this navy blue. I'm going to change the colors to maybe a brighter yellow. So we have a bit of contrast. So now we will work on our second frame. The first frame is the most bottom frame and the second frame is the one above it. So just go ahead and click on the second frame. We're gonna do the same thing by click on the adjustment panel and go down the list and click on the glitch effect. Again, we're going to slide our glitch effect percentage to maybe somewhere 20-30. And then you can change the block size to something similar because we have the, let me just zoom in because we have the onion skin on. So you can see the difference between your current frame, which is in all full color, and the previous frame. So you can tell how much of the difference you are making. This looks fine to me. So I'm just going to tap on screen and click on Apply, and move on to the next layer. It's simple enough. Again, if the primary colors are driving you crazy, just hung in there. I promise we'll deal with that at the end. So the third frame, just tap on the frame and we're going to click on the adjustment and glitch. Again, we're going to slide our pencil from left to right. To change the severity of the glitch effect. You can tweak with any of the sliders at the bottom of your screen. And move on to the next one. When you click on the next frame, which is the layer above, it will turn the previous layer automatically into onion skin. So adjustment, glitch and a slide on screen to change the severity. Once you have done enough of this, all these will become muscle memory. One last frame. Now we have the glitch effect applied to all five frames. For the next step, we're going to change the colors. When you tap on the adjustments panel. There are four clusters of effects. So we're looking at the last one of the first cluster, which is called a gradient map. This is really brilliant for changing colors all at once. I'm going to just tap on the gradient map. When you select the gradient map, you can see a gradient library available to you. You can go ahead and toggle different options and it will automatically recolored everything. I noticed that when I toggle the gradient map color, the onion skin color is still visible to me. So I am going to tap on screen to hop off from the gradient map for a second, to turn off my onion skin. So just tap on screen and click on Cancel. And go back to my animation assist. I'm going to tap on Settings and slide the onion skin frames to zero. In this way we can only see the current frame. So let's go back to our gradient map. We can go through all the color options without interference. I'm really liking this color option, but I might want to make some adjustment to make the contrast a little bit better. So e.g. you can tap one of the colors. Then just play with the sliders to change the value. If you want certain color to be more prominent, you can also tap on the square and then just move it around to make certain color have more percentage or presence in your current frame of animation. Once you're happy with it, you can go to the corner and just click on Done, and it will automatically update and save your gradient. For the next tab, we can go through every frame. Just tap on layer and go to the next frame. Adjustments, gradient, map, and tap on whatever gradient you have chosen. And go ahead and recolor the rest of the frame. Adjustment, Gradient Map. Done. And do the same thing for the last frame. Now we have all the frames recolored. We're going to take a look at our animation and take a preview. So we're going to click on the Play button. It looks, it doesn't really look like a button, but it is clickable. So go ahead and tap on the Play. And it will show you the animation. You still have choice of tweaking your animation by coming to settings. And you can change how you want your animation to be played. It can loop from frame one through five and going back to one. Or you can also choose ping pong, which works like a ping-pong, or you can have it played only once. By default, the frame per second is 15, and you can change it to a slower number, which has kind of choppy look and feel. E.g. this is eight frames per second. Let me just go back and hit play. And I want to change my looping option to maybe ping pong. Let's see. Any click on play. This is eight frames per second, which is pretty cool. So that is our letter 0. Alright, this is our first animation. I hope you take some time to celebrate and do a little celebration dance. And we will move on to the next technique. I will see you in a few. 3. Technique 2 Moving Paths Effect: In the first lesson, we have learned how to use basic glitch effect to animate our letter 0. In this lesson, we're going to learn how to animate another letter, but using a slightly complicated animation technique, I'm going to click on the plus icon to create a new canvas that is the screen size. And then click on the Layers icon to change my background color to something slightly darker. Here you go. Maybe a little happier. This is a little too dark. So bring it back a little bit. This like cold gray, maybe warmer. Alright, I will, I will use this one. Alright, let's do this. So the first thing I'm gonna do is to write down my letter e. So I want to make sure I have the empty layer selected. And using the same pen. I am going to just write down the letter E. Nothing fancy. Just go ahead and write small e. So this is going to be the main animation object. So I am maybe I will erase the tail a little bit. This seems to be a little bit too tall. Alright, here is my letter E. By the way, anytime when you want to change the position of the content of the layer, you can just tap on this little cursor icon and then just move things. When you want to move things in a smaller increments, you can just tap on any side of the bounding box. And it will move maybe about a one pixel at a time. So there is that little trick. And I am going to use this as my base of the animation. As you can see, this is the preview of our letter E animation. Each frame has just a tiny bit of edge and it's moving along this letter frame-by-frame. So that's what we're gonna do, is you can see now it's moving inside. And along the inside counter. We're going to hop back over to our own file. To get started. We're going to make a copy first, left swipe on the letter E icon and click on Duplicate. And then we can just uncheck this little box to hide this layer. This layer is basically insurance in case that we lose the original copy. Whatever layer is hidden will not be shown in animation, so I don't even worry about it. We're going to make four copies of the first layer. Left swipe, duplicate. Do the same until we have five visible layers right here. To make things a little bit more interesting, I am going to make the older edge, the animation part of a different color. So say that I want to use this yellow, this bright yellow color as part of the animation. At this point, the layer structure looks very similar to the first one. But for this particular technique, we're going to create multiple layers in one frame. Again, we're going to work from the first layer, which is the second to last layer. Remember the bottom layer is dress insurance and they will not show because we have this checkbox unchecked. Maybe you can even lock it. You can do that by left swipe the bottom layer and lock. For the first step, we're going to create a brand new layer. For the sake of clarity, I'm going to change my brush to a different color, which is this bright yellow. I also want to make sure the onion skin is back to one. So click on settings and use the slider to change the onion skin count. So I can only see the previous frame. For the simplicity, I am going to just animate the outer edge because we only have five frames for this particular lesson. If you really want, you can create maybe 20 frames to make your animation more nuanced. Before. Now let me just demonstrate how the effect was made. As we said earlier, we have already created a new layer. We're going to hold this layer and drag it below the first layer. I'm going to draw a new stroke. This blank layer below the first letter E, with the same brush selected. I'm going to just draw under. At this point, each layer exists independently and procreate, sees each layer as one animation frame. So what we're gonna do next is to group our first letter E and our first yellow stroke together into one group. With the yellow stroke selected. I am going to write swipe on the first letter E and click on the corner to group it. In this way, procreate sees this entire group, however large it is as one single frame. So that it's really, really helpful. What I'm gonna do now is to create another layer and to add another yellow stroke on screen. And go back to my layer to group it with the second E. So select our new yellow stroke, right swipe and group it. That's basically the main technique. Again, I'm going to click on Plus to create a new layer under the third ie. And draw this yellow stroke a little bit further around the outer edge of the letter E. And group this stroke with the frame above. Same thing for the letter above. We're going to draw this yellow stroke. Make it even longer. We want to group this yellow stroke width letter you above. And this is our last one. And draw a stroke on this new layer and group this stroke width top, ie. Simple enough. Now we have an animation when you click on the Play button and the animation assist panel. And you can see how the animation is played. You can certainly make it slower by using Settings. And you can change the frames per second to something smaller. If you want to make it even more complicated, you can go into any of these groups and to add a secondary detail, e.g. if I want to add another stroke, and you can just click on the plus icon to create a new layer. Say I want to add maybe a pink stroke on top of the letter E. And you move this new layer on top of the letter E. And then just draw a simple stroke like that. As far as Procreate sees, this entire group counts as one layer. I really like it because it also gives you the flexibility to manipulate each layer independently. So you have the benefits of the layers without having to merge them into one single layer and then have to redraw it 1 million times when you make a tiny change. Long story short, that is our second technique. 4. Technique 3 Liquid Wipe Effect: In the previous lesson, we have learned how Procreate sees a group as one single frame in terms of animation. So that is really helpful. In this lesson, we're going to make a more liquidity and organic effect based on that understanding. So here is another new canvas. I'm going to tap on layer and change the background color. Sometimes when I do still illustrations, I can just create a layer and color drop it, e.g. like this, to use it as a background. But this technique doesn't work as well for animation because sometimes, depending on how you organize your layers, procreate can see this particular layer as one frame of the animation which can mess up the project. I'm just going to use the background color layer that's built-in in procreate for my background. Although I want to show you if certain element that stays still on your canvas. You can also set that secondary illustration as background. E.g. say, I want to add some textures for my background. I can use one of the texture brushes, e.g. this one. And just go ahead and pepper my canvas with this beautiful texture. Kinda feels like snow. But this texture will remain the same throughout my animation. So what I wanna do is to create a new layer and make sure I have more than just one layer. And come over to the wrench icon and click on the animation assist. By default, there are two layers. The first one has the snow all over in the second one is just empty layer. What I'm going to do is to tap on this snowy layer and toggle this option which says background. This will turn my peppered layer into background, which means that even if I add 100 layers after that, the background is still going to be present for every single one of them. Which is really nice. And I am going to click on Settings and make sure my onion frames go back to one. So it's not too cluttered. When you make some really quick animations, you might want to set your onion skin to more than one, but our animations in this class are pretty simple. So I'm going to stay with one. So I can go ahead and start animating from layer to this. No effect seems a little bit strong. So I'm going to go back to layer one and tap on the N on my layer to change the opacity. So let's go back to our layer one. If our actual animation, what I'm gonna do is to draw a liquid effect of the letter I, as I have showed you at the beginning of this lesson, I'm going to start with some really bright, energetic green, greenish, yellow. So I'm gonna go back to my normal drawing brush. You can use a brush that has more texture. That makes it more fun. But for now, I'm going to use this particular brush because it's pretty clear. This is my first frame. Again, I'm going to make it just a tiny, tiny beginning of the letter I. And it's going to, the liquid is going to drip down. Maybe one side is slightly heavier than the other side. And I'm going to create another layer and drag it under. This is going to be the blue color that is peeking under the green. These two layers are gonna be seen as one animation frame. So I'm going to write swipe to group them together, click on Group, and then work on the second layer. So I'm going to just have a, let me just zoom in. Just have like tiny, tiny showing of this blue layer underneath. So that's our very humble first frame of animation. So that's our group has the frame one, and I'm going to create two new layers for the next frame. And then group it together to tell procreate, this is one single frame. Again, we're going to have. The blue at the bottom. This time the blue is going to be a little bit bigger. Actually. I'm going to start with the green because that's the main driving color. Drips a little bit more. And I'm just going to drop the color here. And to switch between colors, you can just long press on the color icon to switch back to their previous color. I'm going to grow this color a little bit more and then drop it. So basically the green or yellow is going to drip mainly on the right and the blue is going to drip mainly on the left. So that's our second frame. And you can click on the first frame and the second frame to compare. Next step, we're going to tap on the plus icon to create two new layers. Again, we're going to write swipe to group them together. So this blue icon is going to be a little, this blue color is going to be a little longer. Let's look like a molar tooth. So I'm going to make it a little bit longer and just use the color drop. I realized that I have colored blue on the top layer. So I'm just going to select the bottom layer and drag it back to the top. And then create my yellow layer. If you want to be like super accurate about this animation, you can search for videos that has very, very slow motion of how the water moves. This will make your animation more more realistic. Before now we're going for organic and chunky. Maybe it's even dripping a little bit here. And we can hit the play to preview it super fast. It's too fast. So I'm going to change the frame per second to maybe five. Let's see. Okay, better. Again, go to the top group and create two new layers and group them together. And keep making our letter. I am going to make it stop maybe around here. So maybe this one was around here. Then color this one. Feel free to, you. Don't have to add just precisely two colors. You can. Who I lost my blue, but I know that's the previous color that I used. So I'm just going to long hold my color.it will switch back to the blue. You can add a third, fourth or however many colors that you want to add. You don't have to stick with two colors. I just want to show you how it works. But you can totally, totally go crazy. Color my blue. So I'm going to add my last frame. Hit Plus a couple of times. And group the top two layers together. This is my final frame. I'm going to just create this chunky I, the body of the chunky I. Actually this is the second to last frame, because for the last frame, the yellow will completely catch up. You won't be able to see the blue. Switch back to the yellow color. It just, it almost reached the very end except for a little bit. Any color it for the last frame. I'm just going to create one frame. And it's going to be this yellow covering everything. There you go. Let's hit Play and see how it's looking. Pretty cute. I like it feels like a popsicle more than the letter. I. I kinda wanna fix that. So I am going to move everything down a little bit and add a dot at the top. So it looks like a little letter I. So what I'm gonna do is to write swipe every layer. In this way we can move everybody down together by the same distance. And I'm going to open up every group individually to create this dot. So when you expand the first group, which is the bottom group, and hit Plus to create a new layer within that group. And maybe this pink color. And I'm just going to draw circle and color it. And open up another group and add another layer. And draw a similar dot, but is not identical. So just keep going until every frame has a dot. And you want to intentionally misplace the dot a little bit so you can see the shift of position to see motion. We have three more dots to go. Actually, they look super small. Anyways. I'm just going to leave it this way. And maybe it's growing a little bit. So it's getting bigger. And notice our last frame is just one single eye. We're going to create another layer and a group with this, I want this yellow line. So we have these two as one group. If you know a bit of animation principle, you can even add like the squash and the balance between each frames. But for now, I'm content with just slight different displacement. I'm going to go back to hit play. So, yeah, that is our third technique. And I will see you in the next lesson. 5. Technique 4 Morphing Effect: So previously we have learned how to animate by using one single effect. And we have also learned how to make each animation frame more engaging by using layers. In this lesson, we're going to continue to build on our previous knowledge and animate this letter M. I'm just going to play on screen for a little bit so you can get familiar with the look and feel of this animation. So I'm going to stop at a middle frame somewhere. In term of those structure, we have this mean reddish orange stroke going around. And if you look at the tip of the stroke, we have this little oval with these two wire looking thing coming out. The purpose of this is to indicate the direction of the next step. So you kind of build a bit of anticipation. So I'm just going to play this animation one more time. In this lesson, we're going to build something very similar. So instead of letter M, which is pretty complicated, we're going to build a small letter I. I'm gonna go to a new canvas and create a new background color. So that's our background color. I'm just going to use our first brush, the clean mono liner, to show you the main direction and the main size of our letter I. So basically it is going to be something like this, maybe with a dot. So we're going to grow our letter from the beginning all the way till the end. And for the actual letter, I'm going to make it a little bit thicker. And I will create this dot. And I will erase a bit of the tail as well as the head, just to make it a little cleaner. So this is our letter. I, maybe I'll make it a tiny Ted, smaller. And I'm going to create a copy again for insurance purpose, just to keep it safe. If we mess up, we can always just delete everything else and start over. So duplicate and hide the first layer, which is the bottom one. You can also lock in if you want. For this particular animation, I am going to a reversed order. So we're going to basically work backwards. We're going to have a full letter. And then you raise it little by little. For the last frame, we're going to have just the beginning of the letter. In this way, we don't have to match every frame to draw every frame to create this unwanted displacement. When we erase our letters from frame-by-frame, we can make sure whatever that is left perfectly overlaps with the previous frame and the frame after. If that confuses, you, just follow what I do and it will make sense as we work along the process. So I'm gonna go ahead and create for other copies. So I'm going to swipe to duplicate four times until we have five frames. Then we're going to go over to the wrench and open up our animation assist. Again, we're going to click on settings to turn our onion skin frames back to one. And then we're gonna go back to our layers. The first frame of our animation is the second to last frame, like previously. So we're going to leave the first frame intact and just erase a little bit of our second frame. So have your eraser selected. And just erase a bit of the tail of the second frame. And you raise even more for the third frame. And then you can keep going for the frame after. It looks like five frames may be too little. So I'm going to create maybe a couple of extra layers. So instead of five frames, we have seven frames. So that's the first 1 s third. Basically, each subsequent frame has shorter tail. And the very last frame probably only have the dot at the top. It looks like we need to create another frame. Oh, actually, this is perfect. This is our last frame and we're going to erase the body of the last frame and only have the dot to left. It looks like we have forgot a fragment of the letter I. So I'm gonna go back to, because the onion framings drawing, I'm gonna go back to the previous frame to fix that. When we hit play. At this moment, it will. Oh man, this is too fast. I'm going to lower the frame per second, maybe four frames per second. I'm just going to look at the rough timing of the letter I. And I will also change the looping option to ping pong. In this way, the eye, the body of the I will go back and forth. And once it fills all the way, it bounces back. And at this point I'm going to go through each frame to make sure I have erased all the parts that I intend to. Let's see. Okay, this is good enough. So now I'm going to add some secondary layers, the little around the little oval cap as well as diffuse. I'm going to find the first layer that has your raised portion. I'm going to create a new layer on top of this one. And just group this two new layers together. In this way, this whole group is going to be seen as one layer. This new layer I just created is going to be the cap off my letter I choose. Maybe a brighter yellow. You can see the yellow peeking behind. This is the onion skin. This shows us what previous layer it looks like. You can also dim it to maybe like 25%. So it's not interfering with the, with the new layer. I'm just going to select the blank layer we just created on top of this erased I. And I'm going to just draw oval cap around it. And if you want to be fancy, you can create another layer to make a fuse. Maybe the red fuse. This doesn't contrast are very well with the bottom. This peachy color. Technically you can combine all the content in one layer. But if you have taken any of my digital illustration classes, you know that I'm a big fan of layers because it will allow you to change the properties individually. It gives you a lot more flexibility when you have multiple layers. So I'm just going to close this group and go to the next one. And create two new layers on top. And right swipe to group these three layers into one frame. So for each frame, we have a cap and a fuse or a little tail, if you will. So I wanna go back to my yellow. I lost my yellow at this point. So I want to open this yellow and long press to sample the color again. And long press to sample the peachy color. In this way, I have the 22 colors as my most recent colors. So going back to my layer on top of the eye to draw the cap. Drag and drop to color it. So that's this group. So each group We have some form of letter I. We have the cap and the fuse or tail. And you can move on to the next letter. I. Create two new layers. And group these two new layers with portion of the eye at the bottom. And just draw the cap. And you can use two fingers to rotate the canvas. However, that makes it easier for you to draw and then jump to the top layer to draw the fuse. Want to change to a different color? Pretty much. That's how it goes. Two new layers. And group these three layers. This class focuses on the animation techniques. But if you are interested in learning more illustration like a traditional still illustration techniques, you can check out my other classes on Skillshare, where I teach a variety of different topics using mostly Procreate as well as Adobe Illustrator. You can preview the animation by hitting the play. As you can see, the, it's, it's doing pretty well. So we just go to each letter I to add the other two elements. The yellow cap and the tail groups. Double tap, double finger tap on screen to undo. I should have probably explained that earlier. And this is our last frame and we have just a letter I. It looks like there's a part that needs some erasing. You can click on each group to preview. E.g. this one seems like you need some erasing, so I'm just gonna go in and erase this pink part. By the way, when I tap on screen, it shows me the group. This is because I have the group selected on my layers panel instead of individually layers. Procreate is asking which layer of the group do you want to call upon? So I want to call this pink eye. There's a bit of smudge that I need to erase. This is another benefit of using different layers because all my elements are not along one single layer. I can be more generous when I erase. I know the pink is on PINKO and the peach tail is on the pH alone. So why don't you raise it? I don't have to dance around it to be super careful. I can just go boldly and only the pink will be erased. The rest of the frame seems great, so we can go ahead and hit play and see how you like it. Yeah, this is our fourth technique. Anytime you want to add any additional things, you can always just expand your group and add additional layers. E.g. if I want to add a highlight to my letter, I, I can just create a new layer. You expand the group, create a new layer on top, and pretend the light comes through the upper right-hand corner. You just add a tiny bit of highlight. And you can do the same thing at this highlight layer throughout this group, throughout each frame. And this will add more character to your animation. And you can purposefully not add the highlight at the exact same position. So when you preview the animation, There's a bit of shift to this one will probably not have highlight because it's so short. I'm just going to hit play. So this is pretty cute. That's our fourth technique. 6. Technique 5 Shatter Effect: Alright, this is the last in fact or technique of our animation class. If we look at this letter S, when I'm sliding the animation timeline, it's started out as a full letter S. And slowly it's breaking apart and it's being shattered and the pieces are flying off of the screen. So that's the fact that we're going to build in our last lesson. Again, we're going to create canvas. And we're going to give it a background color. I'm gonna do maybe you let her in the script font. I'm going to erase the beginning and the tail a little bit. Actually, I am going to change the color of the background because it's producing a bit of glare. Just for the sake of your eyes, I'm going to make it to a darker color again. I'm maybe this bluish green, this P Cauchy color like we did before. We're going to create a copy of our letter n just for safety. Duplicate and uncheck the visibility. Lock it. And we're going to make this animation and maybe five frames. It's going to shatter real quick in comparison to the example we have. So now we have five animation layers. We're also going to turn on the animation assist by clicking on the wrench icon, canvas and Animation Assist. And also we want to click on the settings to change the animation skin frames to maybe three. In this case, we can see two previous frames, so we can see how fast the pieces are traveling. Now let's go back to our first animation layer, which is the bottom layer. This technique uses the selection function alone pretty much. So. That is this little ribbon icon at the left-hand corner of the four sub category under selection tool, you'll want to make sure you have the free hand selected and you have to add highlighted, but the color fill is not selected. Otherwise, it will recolor your selection with the current color. We don't wanna do that. We just want to select r shattered pieces. So let's go back to our letter N. For the first frame, we're going to have the letter N as a whole letter. Nothing needs to be altered. When we move on to the layer above. For this frame, we want to use the selection tool and maybe just draw a triangle. Just freehand it. Once you have a closed shape and click on this little cursor icon to select it and just nudge it over a little bit. Any wanna do that for different parts of the letter? So I have the ribbon selected and draw another larger piece, and click on the cursor to move it further. And you can grab the green handle to rotate it as you need. I'm just going to go around and select my little shatter pieces. So this is the first movement. You don't want to be too severe. So it just moves a little bit. Maybe I'm going to select another one. At the top. There you go. And this is our second piece. When I first created our document, I've made a mistake of making too many duplicates of the perfect n. That's not what we want for this technique. What we want is to build one shatter piece and then build on top of this one from there instead of the perfect n. So I'm going to delete my top three perfect ends and make a copy of the layer that we just created, the one with tiny shatter pieces. Left swipe to duplicate. What we're gonna do now is to further move our pieces and create more shatter pieces. So use this selection tool, the ribbon. We want to select our existing shattered pieces and move it a little bit further. And maybe change the angle by using the green dot and free hand. To use the Lasso tool and a cursor icon to move it further. And we want every piece to have at least a little bit of movement. Otherwise, it will appear stagnant on animation. Once we have every piece moved further, we can create new shatter pieces. So we want to select it and move it further. Just go around our letter n. Maybe move it down like this. So we're going to move the pieces from center or pretend there is a center in the center of letter N. And all the pieces are moving away from it. And then we have our second layer. We want to create a copy of our second layer and keep going from there. Now it seems a little bit cluttered on, I'm going to click on the settings, on the animation assist to turn onion skin frames back to one and lasso, or use the selection tool to move things around. So the pieces that are further moves a little faster. So you can lasso to select a group of things and then individually move the altarpiece little bit further. Feels like the altarpiece goes a little faster. I'm going to move this up. Move this down. I'm going to have this one, move as one big chunk. That's our new layer. And we want to make a copy to keep further moving our pieces. So basically select and move. Like previously at this point for the pieces at the edge, it's okay to move it off of the frame. You don't have to keep them on there because they should be traveling further off the screen already. You can further break down pieces that looks too big. And then don't forget to use the rotation tool. So they look like they have been flying. On screen. There you go. Alright. We're going to create one more frame that has everything further moved away and pretty much everything almost off the edge except for a few. And our last frame is going to be just empty because everything has been flying off of the screen already. Okay. And for the one last frame, we're going to just create a blank frame. And now we can hit Play to see, actually, before I do that, I want to turn down the frames per second to maybe five or six and then hit play. Now you can see the shadow effect. This will be more fun if we turn the setting into ping-pong. Feels like the pieces we'll come back together to go ahead and hit play and see if we can go a little faster, maybe eight frames per second. There. That is our last effect. 7. Final Thoughts: Hey guys, congratulations, you made it. You have watched all the lessons of this class and maybe practiced a little along the way. I am super proud of you, if you like my teaching style. I have tons of other classes on Skillshare. Don't forget to follow me on Skillshare in this way, you will be notified the next time I publish a new class, until next time. Happy creating.