Learn how to Animate Characters into Real-World Scenes, from “Cake Studios” Art Director

Art director Thiago Maia demonstrates how to integrate your animated characters into a real-world scenario in a great tutorial published on Computer Arts magazine at this link.

Using After Effects and some composite tricks – such as “blending modes, alpha mattes and simple expression techniques,” Maia promises that after you master the techniques, “you’ll be able to apply the same processes to your own character animations and to more complex projects.” (See screenshots below featuring Maia’s graffiti stop motion animation that he uses to demonstrate the process).

computer arts magazine tutorial

computer arts tutorial

I did some additional research into Maia’s background, and discovered the online portfolio for his London-based creative animation, design and live-action studio, Cake. The beautifully designed Website offers plenty of visual eye candy for your motion graphics, animation, editing and graphic design inspiration. Check out some examples below and more on Cake’s Website here.

Cake creative animation, design and live-action studio


animation, design and live-action studio

cake reel 2

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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