Editing your pixilation animation – cartoon effect in AE easy

Turning your animation into a cartoon animation is quite simple, but you have to be willing to take some time to experiment with the After Effects tools.

Here are the steps to follow:

  • Open AE and import your image sequence -File>Import File. Make Jpeg Sequence is selected.
Editing your pixilation animation - cartoon effect in AE easy
Editing your pixilation animation – cartoon effect in AE easy
  • Drag your imported sequence into the composition icon, at the bottom of the project panel, it will appear in the timeline panel.

  • Right click on the footage layer in your timeline and select Effects>Stylize>Cartoon

Interesting combinations

For this combination the layer bellow effect is Cartoon, and the layer above is CC Treshold (with opacity down). To change the layer opacity you need to hit T on the KB.

Editing your pixilation animation - cartoon effect in AE easy
Editing your pixilation animation – cartoon effect in AE easy

Editing your pixilation animation - cartoon effect in AE easy

The technique bellow; right click on the clip on the timeline and Render>Edges.

For the example below the background was deleted using the Rotoscoping Effect and the adding the Colour effect with render edges

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