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Wolves - After Effects (Create a Custom Wolf Animation)
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What is it?

The Wolves template allows you to create custom wolf animations in Adobe After Effects. Included are three wolves with black, white, and brown coat colors. You can animate one wolf, or create an entire pack, and insert it into your motion graphics or 3D scenes.

With the easy-to-use controls, you can tell your wolves to do almost anything (keeping a profile-view). Make them howl with a single slider control. Assign any combination of the nine “primary actions”, such as walk, run, or jump, and smoothly transition from action to action. Use the “secondary action” controls to animate the head, paws, mouth, tail, ears, eyes, breathing and more.

Create custom wolf animations in After Effects!

Two wolves hunting in the forest, made with the "Wolves" template in Adobe After Effects

How It Works

Wolves uses the Advanced Puppet Pin tool in After Effects on high-resolution profile images of wolves to create complex and realistic movements. Using the preset movements built into each wolf, the amount of animating work required by you is minimal!

The nine preset movements, called “Primary Actions”, range from walking to jumping to lying down. You can assign any combination of primary actions to a wolf with a few clicks of a mouse, while maintaining control over the timing and duration of actions, and smoothly transitioning from action to action. Each wolf is on a single layer, so once you have chosen your primary actions, all you need to do is animate your wolf layer’s position to move across the frame.

Secondary Actions” offer even more control, allowing you to make custom movements of the paws, head, tail, mouth, and more. Secondary actions have easy-to-use controls, so you can keyframe the different properties. Howl, snarl, twitch the ears, blink the eyes, sniff the nose... even adjust the intensity and speed of the breathing. For animators who need even more control, the pins on the wolf can always be adjusted. 

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Learn how to make custom wolf animations, like these wolves howling at the moon, in this "Wolves" tutorial for After Effects

This in-depth tutorial explains how the effect works, and shows how to animate and customize your wolves in Adobe After Effects.

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Need to Know

  • This template uses After Effects’ new Advanced Puppet Pin tool, and is only compatible with Adobe After Effects version 16.0 (CC 2019) and up. Works on both Mac or PC. No plugins required.

  • This template includes three wolves, with black, white, and brown coat colors. Also included are the wolf skeleton, wolf tattoo, and glowing wolf effects, as seen in the demo video (backgrounds and 3D scenes are not included).

  • Each wolf has 9 primary actions: Stand, Walk, Trot, Run, Jump, Sit Down, Lie Down, Sit Up, and Stand Up.

  • The wolves are created from 2D images. You can place the wolves in your 3D scenes, but the wolves are 2D (flat) and can only be seen from a profile (side view).

  • At 100% scale, wolves are 2000 x 1135 pixels when standing.

  • You can edit the original images to change the look of a wolf, as long as your edits stay within the edges of the original wolf shape. For example, you could overlay a texture on a wolf, but you could not add a saddle to a wolf, since the saddle would be higher than the wolf’s back, extending beyond the boundaries of the original shape. (However, something like a saddle could be composited onto the final moving wolf effect).

  • This template only includes the wolves... Music and 3D scenes from the demo video are not included.

  • This template has been "universalized", so it will work in After Effects running in any language.

A growling wolf animation. Make you own custom animated wolves in After Effects with the "Wolves" template

The Wolves template is not a plugin, so there is nothing to install. Rather, it's an Adobe After Effects project file, commonly known as a "template" because most of the work is already done and the user needs only to make their own customizations. This template is compatible with version CC 2019 (16.0) as well as all later versions of After Effects.

Wolves contains copyrighted intellectual property. The animations you create with this product are 100% yours and can be used for commercial purposes, but the sharing or online posting of project files with or for anyone other than a client is prohibited. See the Terms and Conditions for more details.

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