Puppet Tool Tips

In our recent blog show on volumetric light, I created a short animation with the puppet tool because I wondered what would the twitter logo be like if it was alive… In this short video I explain how I setup the project file to animate the logo.

Download the project file too! (CS6)

UPDATE: According to twitter guidelines it is not permitted to “add special effects” to the logo. Sorry.

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45 RESPONSES TO "PUPPET TOOL TIPS"
February 9th, 2014 @ 5:29 pm
WOW!!! awesome! great job Mr. Andrew... but hey look at the titles... the "I" in TIps are capitalized
alex
February 9th, 2014 @ 5:38 pm
looks fun, checking it out! greetings from HAITI
Sujith Sivan Dubai
February 9th, 2014 @ 5:39 pm
Super tutorial as usual.... :)
Carl L. Marxer
February 9th, 2014 @ 5:41 pm
Hello Andrew-
Fun animation, and good to find out ore about the puppet tool, but...
The Twitter logo guidelines are very specific about their logo:
https://about.twitter.com/press/brand-assets

Don’t:
Rotate or change the direction of the bird
Animate the bird
Flock the bird with other birds or other creatures
Change the color of the bird
Overprint or obstruct any part of the bird
Anthropomorphize the bird
Add special effects to the bird
Use speech bubbles or words around the bird

...just so everyone knows that you don't really want to make the bird's wings flap.
Thanks!
    February 9th, 2014 @ 4:45 pm
    I don't want to hurt their feeling but...
    Parody:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parody

    Fair Use:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parody
    Lee
    February 9th, 2014 @ 8:31 pm
    Hey Andrew don't forget to add that its ok to use for educational purpose's as well.. If they don't like it Ill send them a tissue
    al board
    February 10th, 2014 @ 12:38 am
    BTW, it doesn't say VISUAL effects. So, an explosion composited next to the bird should be ok. As long as it doesn't "obstruct any part of the bird". ^^
    Kay
    February 14th, 2014 @ 2:18 am
    Hahahhhh!!Intimidating Dooooog!! I'm going to turn upside down twitter ass logo,What!! i got Catapulte. Andrew,thanks Buddy for the amazing tut.
John
February 9th, 2014 @ 5:44 pm
Thank you so much :) ..always amazing tips Andrew...
JK
February 9th, 2014 @ 5:44 pm
Cute tutorial, thanks andrew
February 9th, 2014 @ 5:57 pm
Awesome as always! Thanks again Andrew!
February 9th, 2014 @ 5:10 pm
Really nice, any chance of a tutorial showing advanced use of the puppet tool?
February 9th, 2014 @ 7:51 pm
Thanks so much for this Andrew! It always surprises me that you can pack so much useful information into such a small amount of time!
Willmer
February 9th, 2014 @ 10:02 pm
Great show. I am jumping on this tomorrow evening with my son to recreate your magic.

Thanks again for being awesome!
February 9th, 2014 @ 11:25 pm
Sometimes while working with puppet tool was so confusing for that i have to make many layers and joints as well but this tutorial gave me Solution's to all my problem ....Great going VC..:D
ibrahim
February 9th, 2014 @ 11:59 pm
always amazing tips Andrew.. you awesome
February 10th, 2014 @ 1:56 am
oh my god ! you've read my thoughts !! i was wondering if we can get a tuto about that ! thanks a lot ANDREW :D
February 10th, 2014 @ 2:05 am
Wow andrew that was awesome tip , thank you
monproduction
February 10th, 2014 @ 3:18 am
your last tutorials is very boring Andrew..
    photobackflip
    February 10th, 2014 @ 7:13 pm
    It's free.

    If you think you can do better, go right ahead.
February 10th, 2014 @ 3:40 am
hahah Andrew can you post a 2560x1440 version of the suicide bird? I want a new wallpaper!
walid
February 10th, 2014 @ 3:45 am
thnx man. very helpful
Simon.D
February 10th, 2014 @ 4:09 am
If that's the case, the BBC are gonna be in trouble then:
http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/72479000/jpg/_72479102__68162161_twitter%281%29.jpg

hahahahaha.. The image you created was a suitable response to the corporate Hitlers, nice one !
Emmanuel
February 10th, 2014 @ 7:08 am
Always amazing... quite creative.... very impressive
February 10th, 2014 @ 7:18 am
Nice Andrew! Recently I made this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q89rCVFxc3g Plugns - Element 3D (but not real shadows :(), trapcode particular 2, Action Essentials 2, and Optical flares. Please comments! :)
    JMS
    February 10th, 2014 @ 6:39 pm
    That is seriously impressive stuff...one of the best yet. Great work
February 10th, 2014 @ 8:01 am
At first, I found the puppet tool to be a little confusing - mostly because I often was not able to revert wrong actions. But this post helped a little bit :-)
February 10th, 2014 @ 8:30 am
Very Good Andrew kramer
Jake Jabbs
February 10th, 2014 @ 10:07 am
Thank you for everything you do, Andrew. Your videos are always very useful and interesting.
Hassan dar
February 10th, 2014 @ 10:38 am
Very nice Andrew.Every one Plz Watch and advise on my short film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXedDG0RKz8
Tom Dooley
February 10th, 2014 @ 10:47 am
Are we going on with this lame shows now, like birds, cutting out paper or lame logo animations, or are we going to see this promised behind the scenes tutorials with challenging after effects VFX combined with other chalenging programms????????
    Tob
    February 10th, 2014 @ 11:02 am
    Whats the problem? short, informative and fun Turorials. Good for Beginners, funny for advance users. And think about the upcoming hologramm Table experiment.
    photobackflip
    February 10th, 2014 @ 7:15 pm
    It's free.

    If you think you can do better, go right ahead.
Christiaan
February 10th, 2014 @ 11:30 am
Do I see E3D v2 in action in the SORRY sign.
Shadow from the gun?
Deformed object of the bird?
I sure hope so!
    Christiaan
    February 10th, 2014 @ 10:34 am
    OOOHHH YESS I DO!!
February 10th, 2014 @ 1:30 pm
Nice! This was very useful to me actually :)
Ken
February 10th, 2014 @ 1:35 pm
Here's a amazing animation that my co-worker, Steve Smith made last year.

https://vimeo.com/53901807
Wieslaw
February 10th, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Only Puppet Tool,Png photographs,and Humour and of course Element 3D
See please until the end.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CRtkBpMF3o
February 10th, 2014 @ 3:46 pm
this is simple, but genious!

i'm working on a short thriller. please LIKE our fb page to get more insights!

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February 10th, 2014 @ 7:44 pm
You are awesome, Dude :)
Stephen Kennedy
February 11th, 2014 @ 12:06 am
Just a quick tip. For REAL-TIME animation of the puppet tool, hold down Ctl and drag your animation point(s)!

This starts recording your manual animation in real-time starting from your current frame in the timeline. It is a great way to start your basic animating, and then fine-tune afterwards the more traditional way.
February 11th, 2014 @ 6:31 pm
This is an awesome effect for video intros! Thanks Andrew. :)
February 14th, 2014 @ 9:32 pm
as always, you are the best, thanks for the tips
Matt
April 7th, 2014 @ 2:25 pm
A few questions... If I through a light on something with the puppet tool. Will the shadows follow the animation? (I tested this quickly and they don't seem to follow the mesh)

Also is there a way to use this puppet tool with an extruded shape layer while using Raytracing? (I tested this too but couldn't get it working).

Just wondering if anyone has any tricks or work arounds to achieve these things?

Thanks
Maximilian
April 26th, 2014 @ 3:29 pm
Many thanks for the lesson. The result was a logo here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x8IxGH86mI&feature=youtu.be
P.s Hello from Ukrain(Kiev)=)
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