Vida Vega is a 2D animation director at Tandem Films. A graduate of the animation course at UCA Farnham, she’s also an accomplished character designer and illustrator. Her graduation film, A Dog for Every Balcony was nominated for a British Animation Award, as was her first commissioned short film, mi’au, myau. Her commercial for Tempo won a British Animation Award for Best 2D Animation, as well as a Kinsale Shark, London International Award and a Young Director nomination at Cannes.

It’s easy to be distracted by flashy digital effects, but sometimes keeping it simple can be just as effective.

Keeping in mind how people used to do compositing before computers arrived on the scene, it is possible to use After Effects and Photoshop to create contemporary animation in a traditional way.

Here, animator Vida Vega shows you how she uses blending modes and digital painting to composite and tint a piece of hand-drawn animation in a subtle way that lets the original artwork take centre stage.

She also reveals some great ways to speed up your workflow and alleviate much of the monotony of creating mattes of individual frames.

Time to complete

3 hours


After Effects, Adobe Photoshop

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