Traditional Animation: How to Animate Fire with Johannes Fast — SkillShare — Free download

Join animator Johannes Fast for his second instalment in his cel FX series, this time on how to animate 2D fire effects digitally using “cel” animation in Adobe Animate.


Ever wanted to add that extra “flare” to your animations, but don’t know how to animate fire in 2D? In this class you’ll learn the theory of how and why fire moves like it does, and how to apply this to your own animations, in the end of this class you will have the skills needed to create a believable fire effect.

What you can expect to learn:

  • The theory of how fire moves
  • How to animate a candle flame
  • How to animate a fire
  • How to animate a fireball

Who is this class for?

The class is aimed towards beginner or intermediate animators with some prior experience animating traditionally. It’s a great class for new animators wanting to learn their first animated effects, or for more experienced animators looking to spice up their work or learn a new skill they haven’t had time to learn yet. Even film editors and content creators can use these techniques to add cool effects to their live action work.

By the end of this course, you’ll know the basics on how to animate 2D fire traditionally on a professional level.


A digital animation program is required for the class, preferably Adobe Animate. You’ll also need a form of digital drawing tablet. A mouse will work but it will make the process a lot harder. An iPad with an animation app also works great.

Recommended apps and software:

  • Adobe Animate
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Rough animator (iPad)
  • Calipeg (iPad)
  • Flipaclip (Apple/Android)

Instagram Feature:

Every two weeks a pick a few of my favourite student projects across my classes to be featured on my instagram. If you wan’t a chance to get featured, post your work in the student community and tag your instagram. And if you share your work on instagram or twitter, tag @johanimation so I can see it!

Want to learn more?


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