Adobe After Effects vs Adobe Edge Animate for animating illustrations?Question

over 3 years ago from

Hey design folks who work with animating illustrations, wondering what you guys use to animate your vector characters. I am looking to get into learning AE but wonder if Adobe Animate is the better tool for animating vector illustrations.


*Edit://Many kind folks have suggested After Effects, if anyone could provide some insight into comparing AE to QuartzCode, that'd be splendid.


  • Eric Johnson, over 3 years ago

    I would definitely recommend After Effects.

    I have not used Edge Animate much, but from what I understand it's an HTML5 animation tool. So it outputs your animation as html/css/js files. It's mostly used to build animated web banners or complex UI animations for a website.

    After Effects will output your animation as a video file, or series of still image files. It's pretty much the industry standard for 2d animation.

    So unless you are looking to build an animation specifically to play in a web browser, After Effects is the way to go. Hope that helps.

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    • Helen . Helen . , over 3 years ago

      Thanks for your thoughts Eric! Most of what I am hearing from others is to go for After Effects even if the learning curve is steep.

      Good to know what Edge Animate is really used for. Have you heard about QuartzCode? How does that compare in regards to using AfterEffects?

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  • Marc Olivier LapierreMarc Olivier Lapierre, over 3 years ago

    If you want to animate characters in AE, take a look a the RubberHose 2 plugin. I personally haven't tried it yet (still on my to-do list) but it seems to make the process of rigging and animating characters a lot easier and faster.

    If you want to export animations to HTML, the bodymovin plugin is great (and free). Here's an example they provide, looks pretty good!

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