Reallusion Cartoon Animator 4.02.0627.1 Pipeline

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Cartoon Animator 4 (formerly known as CrazyTalk Animator) is a 2D animation software designed for both abilities of entry and productivity. You can turn images to animated characters, control characters with your expressions, generate lipsync animation from audio, accomplish 3d parallax scenes, produce 2D visual effects, access content resources, and wield a comprehensive photoshop pipeline to rapidly customize characters and create content. You may also like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic

All New in Cartoon Animator 4:


This WIP 1 demonstrates how Reallusion made 2D Character Animation more precise, powerful, yet more intuitive. Say goodbye to foot sliding, sinking or floating problems, the new Smart IK/FK system not only switches automatically, but it also makes creating amazing cartoon animation so much easier. Posing with locking end effectors gives you the power to precisely animate characters with scene interaction. In addition, you can perfectly adapt motion files with different body shapes from our motion library, even fine-tune the character’s stride or alter its motion genre.

Smart IK (Inverse Kinematic)

Simple and functional design sets Cartoon Animator apart from other 2D Animation tools. The intuitive 2D in IK / FK system auto-switches invisibly so character posing for animation is a fluid and logical process. Just lock the character feet to have perfect non-sliding foot contact, and lock the character’s hand to get a precise interaction with props or scene.

Easy IK Editing

  • Stretches, squatting, and hip rotation made simple by moving the hip bone.
  • Easy locking feet and hands for unlimited motion possibilities.
  • Position character end effectors for precise IK interaction.
  • Keep or Flip Joint Bend Direction during animation editing.

Intuitive Auto IK/FK Switch

  • Drag and move end effectors for IK editing, directly rotate joins for FK editing.
  • Intuitive pose to pose editing without switching IK and FK modes.
  • One transform timeline track can keep End Effector Constraints and it’s Effective Range.
  • Set keys only to Selected Body Parts, or to Full Body motion layers.

Stretch Animation

  • Freely extend any character’s end segments head, hands, and feet.
  • Rubberband stretch midpoint segments like elbow, waist, knee.
  • After releasing stretching, the segment can resume to its original length.
  • Stretch neck and torso parts by locking hands and feet.
  • Smoothly interpolate stretch animation, and add Motion Curve for timing control.

Precise Scene and Prop Interaction

  • Lock hands and feet to precisely interact with scene objects.
  • IK Constraints use “Keep End Effort Rotation” to tiptoe or bend the wrist or use “Keep End Effector Angle” to sustain feet angle on the skateboard or bicycle pedal.
  • Use “Keep Bend Direction” to ensure the character’s elbow or knee always bend in the right direction.
  • Lock hand and feet to make a stable spiderlike crawling movement.

Works with All Kinds of Cartoon Characters

  • Correct backward knee bend animation for quadruped animals.
  • Use Shift-drag to alter the bone length between two bone segments producing a uniform transform effect such as the gorilla arm movement.
  • The same effect can apply to breathe or neck-stretching animation.
  • Use End Effector Rotation to easily let the dog naturally sit down.

Smart Motion Retargeting

Unique animation feature translates motions automatically to various character styles with different body scale. Smart Motion Retargeting correctly applies the collected motion files to different body shapes, automatically aligns characters to the motion’s pose regardless it’s initial pose settings, innovatively creates different motion performance styles.

Adapt Motions to any Character Scale

  • No more Foot Sliding, Sinking, or Floating problems caused by characters’ bone scale difference.
  • Library Animation applied perfectly to all types of template characters.
  • Works with all Template-based Motion human biped, quadruped, wings, spine bone.

Creative IK Motion Varieties

  • Autoalign character bones to the Motion Data pose, regardless of the character’s initial pose setting.
  • Recalculate character’s Initial Pose Offset for accurate animation editing.
  • Change characters’ foot stride, or arms reach distance by altering the overall Motion Data Scale.
  • Adjust individual End Effector bone ratio for the precise character to object interaction.

Create IK Rig

Generate IK-ready 2D animated characters, CTA4 provides standardized IK Controls for template-based characters. We’ve also added the Auto IK Rig for Photoshop Imported characters. For custom created free-bone characters, now users may create a custom GUI from the Custom Rig GUI.

Auto IK Rig

  • Auto IK Rig for Imported Photoshop Template Characters (PSD).
  • Works for All Character Templates Human, Quadruped, Wings, Spine.
  • Default Human End Effector Presets Toe, Ankle, Finger, and Wrist
  • Free to add IK lock to selected bone segments
  • Auto-assign End Effectors to Free Bone Characters, allowing custom IK definition

Custom GUI

  • Snapshot a Character with a Custom Pose to create a Character Rig GUI.
  • Import an image file as a custom rig image.
  • Move and place End Effector Locks for the ideal layout.
  • Specify Bone Size, Segment On/Off in the UI display.

360 Head Creation

This WIP 2 shows how Reallusion breaks through the limitations of 2D Art and delivers a practical way for 2D animators to create characters with advanced animation along with vivid expressions. The 360 evolution streamlines the workflow for Head Creation, Expression Setup, and directly to the animation core with face key editing, puppeteering, and the timeline system. Apart from introducing a set of 360 assets and new professional animation library, users also have the path to convert existing content into 360 heads with a full range of motion.

Quickly Transform a 2D Face into a 3D Head

3D Head Creator transforms 2D art into 3D styled characters with up to 360 degrees of motion for deeply rich performances. Photoshop round trip integration for editing a multi-angle character in and out of 3D Head Creator.

Anchor Nine Head Turn Directions

  • Inherit basic angle settings from Quick Setup
  • Transform and deform head sprites for perfect 3D turn
  • Optional FFD resolution from 2×2 (perspective correction) to 5×5 (precise shape definition)
  • Mask out features outside the face to create the 3D illusion

Smart Designs to Speedup Multi-angle Settings

  • Copy and paste the angle definition
  • Mirror setup from one side to another, flip or replace sprites to match angle requirements
  • Onion Skin proper sprite placement with neighboring setup reference
  • Average the angle setting value from two selected points

Add Additional Decorative Items

  • Apart from main facial features, users can freely add other decorative elements
  • The cat has whiskers and the nose stripe seamlessly blended with the parent turning head base
  • The same techniques can be used to emphasize a 3D effect with highlight and shadow layers

Free Angle Definition – Up to 360°

  • More than creating a turning head, you can give a full spin to a simple shaped creature, even a moody bird
  • Freely add angle points to set up the character look as the head turns
  • Each angle point contains data for sprites transformation, deformation, and sprite change
  • A total of 25 optional angle points are provided and a perfect 360° character can be achieved by properly adding angle definition for horizontal and vertical turn

Designing 360 Heads with Photoshop Layers

  • Complete PSD to CTA roundtrip workflow for 360 Head Creation
  • The PSD character template is extended with angle layers for sprite change
  • Use several image layers to accentuate depth such as a dog’s nose
  • Build the layer hierarchy using a simple naming rule, eg. Parent > Child
  • The 360 Head Creator can generate and send angle definitions back to Photoshop, new PSD layers are generated for the 360 angle adjustments

3D Expression Setup

  • The Cartoon Animator Expression Setup is enhanced for new 360 Performance
  • Transform and deform facial sprites to setup 3Dlike Expressions
  • Turn on Smooth Mode to achieve extremely smooth facial blendshape animation
  • Easily Guide the Head Movement using Head Turn Gizmo
  • Combine with the Face Key Editor for amazing results!

New Generation of 360 Creative Assets

  • Mix and match facial features to create new 360 characters
  • Dynamic hairstyles and accessories can also include multiple view angles
  • Combine 360 Head with selected Body style for perfect Smart IK Animation

360 Animation Controls and Timeline Editing

  • Head Turn Gizmo Easily guide the head direction using the mouse cursor, a quick way to layout the animation tempo
  • Face Key Editor layers up precise facial expressions, detailed adjustment can be achieved by selecting facial features, choosing from an expression list, and customizing with muscle morph sliders
  • Face Puppet is enhanced for generating expressions with dynamic head turns
  • Use Transform and deform to exaggerate the cartoon performance

What’s New

Version 4.02.0627.1:

Recommended System Requirements:
• MacOS 10.11.5 or later
• 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5 CPU or higher
• 8 GB RAM or higher recommended
• 10 GB free hard disk space or higher recommended
• Display Resolution: 1440 x 900 or higher
• Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 or higher /ATI Radeon HD 5770 or higher
• Video Memory: 2 GB RAM or higher recommended


OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit processor


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