HD Video

CartoonSmart was the first training website to offer HD video. Seriously. Before YouTube was even founded, we realized screencasts needed to be way bigger than what others were offering. Nothing will replace books in the training spectrum, but sometimes you just want to put your feet up and watch someone else work. Since 2004, our customers haven't had to squint.

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Software

Toon Boom Animate is a unique all-in-one vector-based professional animation software that includes content creation, basic effects and delivery to audiences no matter what the media. Ideal for the professional Flash animator, Toon Boom Animate is the most complete Flash-style animation software for paperless creation.

Your Instructor

Justin Cook is a professional animator and illustrator, specializing in Toon Boom Animate, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Flash. Justin has taught over 30 hours of tutorials for Cartoon Smart. For freelance inquiries, he can be reached at SeenCreative.co.uk.




Lip Syncing Techniques


90 minutes. Split over two parts, this lesson covers a handful of techniques for 'cut out animation' style lip syncing.

If you've never explored how lip syncing is done in Animate, this is an essential lesson. Animate has some amazing audio features! Check out this video of some completed examples from the lesson. The tutorial discusses the difference between using drawing substitutions and symbols in regards to lip syncing, and teaches how to sync up a character during a turn around pose. In this package you also get a fully rigged character, setup up for talking, and 4 more Animate example files used in the tutorial

As always, any source files are included. Sold separately, this course is $10. For more details, visit the dedicated sales page for the Toon Boom Animate: Lip Syncing course.



Walk and Run Cycles.


90 minutes. This lesson teaches various techniques for animating walk or run cycles in Toon Boom Animate.

These videos assume you already know the basics of character rigging, but if not the source files provided include 3 pre-rigged characters to begin animating with. Which means you'll get an unanimated and completed character file for the Side View Walk Cycle, Front 3/4 View Walk Cycle, and Side View Run Cycle (6 files total). These source files alone are a valuable resource as the character art can be modified without affecting the completed cycles.

Sold separately, this course is $10. For more details, visit the dedicated sales page for the Toon Boom Animate: Walk and Run Cycles course.



Four Leg Cycles.


One hour. The tutorial demonstrates how to animate a quadroped walk cycle.

You'll get a fully rigged elephant character as part of the finished animated example file. For those students just getting started with their careers, animating quadropeds is a great show-piece in your portfolio, as it's considered an essential example of your skills.

Sold separately, this course is $15. For more details, visit the dedicated sales page for the Toon Boom Animate: Four Leg Walk Cycles course.



Animation Exercises.


Four hours. This three-part series was designed to setup a challenge animation exercise, then demonstrate how to solve it.

Like a problem-and-answer course, this is a great test for new students to animation. The three exercises involve a walk-then-talk situation, long jump, and combat moves sequence. You'll get a fully rigged character from part of our Zombie Bods Character Pack as part of the finished example files.

Sold separately, this course is $15. For more details, visit the dedicated sales page for the Toon Boom Animate: Animation Exercises tutorial.



Character Rigging.


Two hours. Split over three parts, this lesson teaches how quickly draw a character, setup a hierarchical rig for animation, then animate a walk cycle.

This tutorial is taught by Justin Dike, owner of CartoonSmart.com. Topics include:

  • Creating symbols from artwork (and some tips of how best to do this).
  • Multiple ways of adjusting the Z-depth of a body part during the animation.
  • Why some symbols are color coded depending on what mode you are in.
  • Animating with drawing substitutions.
  • Animating with inverse or forward kinematics of chained objects.
  • Adjusting pivot points.
  • Animating the entire walk cycle along a master peg.
  • Incorporating blurs or other effects.


As always, source files are included. Sold separately, this course is $5. For more details, visit the dedicated sales page for the Toon Boom Animate: Character Rigging tutorial.



Stick Man Animations.


Four hours. This style of animation has gotten quite popular with YouTube videos, and while it might seem amateurish, stick figure animation provides a great exercise in character animation.

With simple stick figures, you can work quicker than if you were animating a more realistic figure, but you can still get a great sense for timing and human dynamics. This course is broken down into separate parts for...

  • Designing and rigging the basic stick man.
  • Walking and running your stick man
  • Inverse Kinematics
  • Animating a stick men fight scene - part 1
  • Animating a stick men fight scene - part 2
  • Adding Sounds


As always, source files are included. Sold separately, this course is $15. For more details, visit the dedicated sales page for the Toon Boom Animate: Stick Men tutorial.



Bonus Add-on.
Free character from our Zombies Bods Collection


He's fully rigged with forward and inverse kinematics bone setup & ready to be animated with alternate heads, hands and lip sync phenomes.

The project files have drawing substitutions for both zombie and normal appearances, so you can mix and match between the two looks to animate the character in mid-transformation. Best of all, this character is royalty free artwork. You can use him in any of your commercial productions: animations, Flash games, iPhone or Android apps, banner ads, or whatever.

Sold separately, this artwork is $10. For more details, visit the dedicated sales page for the Zombie Bods: Chinnery Character Art.

Example Videos

Below you can watch 42 minutes from our lip-syncing course. After your purchase, you can download every video to your computer to watch anytime.


13 Hours Total. Six unqiue Toon Boom Animate courses for one low price.


Only $40. Download these videos directly to your computer. Includes source files and free updates. You'll be notified by email whenever there's an update to either the course or collection of source projects. Redownload access is always granted for our products.




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