wow this is cool did you drawed each layer or just replaced the bodyparts to make the animation ? also how come you dont have any lost in quality xD i have to save it as a gif to be able to upload it here what makes me love quality again you sure did both amazing on this
Meago drew a still picture, I made it move using the Puppet tool in After Effects (which basically just 'bends' areas that you choose). Quality is good because it's a Flash file, not a 256-color GIF. Thank you very much!
Also thanks to everyone who's commented, I read them all and appreciate every one!
I think both Meago and I are self-taught (this was actually my first half-way serious animation in After Effects), so you certainly can learn all of this on your own. Thanks very much and thanks to everyone for all the nice comments so far!
What you guys can do on your own is simply amazing. I guess I'm just frustrated that with paying tuition I'm not even learning half of what I can learn on my own. And here I've even been using the wrong program!
You are studying graphics at a university? Their job is really just to teach you how programs work, putting it to good and creative use is usually something you have to learn yourself anyway. What program do you mean is "the wrong one"?
But they're not even teaching me how to use it; they're giving me projects and expecting me to know how to use it, which I do to some extent because took a college course in high school. And we only covered photoshop when we were supposed to cover photoshop, flash, and Illustrator. And I use photoshop, but they seem to be doing so much better with AfterEffects
Everything I learned about After Effects (which was certainly enough to make that Meago animation), I learned from Creative Cow ([link]) in about a week and a half. For Photoshop, I read the manual and experimented a lot (which is always important to do in any type of creative software). Watching video tutorials on Youtube and elsewhere can be very helpful too - you may just learn more from looking around the internet than you would from some classes.