CrazyTalk Animator 3 is a 2D animation package, compatible with Photoshop CC, that enables you to animate your characters
CrazyTalk Animator 3 (CTA) is a great piece of software that makes it possible for an artist to quickly and easily bring life to their characters, backgrounds or props.
For a beginner just getting started, CTA provides many default layouts and templates to take your art and start animating it straight away. For example, using the G3 Character human template, which is a free download from the website, you can quickly set up a joint layout on your character in your Photoshop file. The artist only needs to separate their character into layers, eg torso, left arm, head, etc. When you are happy with everything, you can simply load the PSD file into CTA 3 and the software uses your layout to build a skeleton structure, ready for you to start animating with.
Reallusion also provides many useful tutorials, ranging from basic introductions to more advanced topics. CTA 3 comes with a range of resources as standard to get users animating quickly and easily. It also has a store if you want to purchase more characters or other assets.
Moving on from using default templates, artists can create assets in Photoshop to be imported into CTA and use the project manager to build up and organise a library of assets for larger projects. If an asset needs to be edited, you simply open it back into Photoshop to make any changes and reimport it back into CTA.
The custom set-up tools are great for artists who haven’t done any computer rigging before. By translating or rotating the bones, the user can get both Inverse Kinematic (IK) and Forward Kinematic (FK) functionality. However, there isn’t a way to edit how much the image is affected by the bone. Instead, the user needs to separate their character into different layers to be able to specify what parts of the body are affected. This is a very small issue, though, because the software is geared toward artists who want to easily start animation without having to learn complicated rigging techniques.
Overall, CrazyTalk Animator 3 is a very good tool to create nice, smooth two-dimensional animations. The tool provides a handy platform for artists with no previous rigging or animation experience to take the step from illustrations to animated cartoons and graphics.
8/10 – CrazyTalk Animator 3 is an enjoyable and reliable tool. However, there seems to be limited customisation for creating bone structures.