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Step by Step Guide to Creating and Animating a Cartoon Character using AI

Have you ever wanted to create your own cartoon character using artificial intelligence (AI) technology? In this tutorial, we will show you how to generate a cartoon character with AI, animate it using a different platform, and finally remove the background. The best part is that the entire process is completely free!

AI Cartoon Character

Part 1: Generating the Cartoon Character

To begin, we will use the website Canva.com to generate our cartoon character. Here's how:

  1. Open Canva.com and navigate to the Social Media category.
  2. Create a new Instagram story document. The specific document type doesn't matter as long as it allows for a standing character.
  3. Click on "Create Blank" to open the editor.
  4. Scroll down to the "Apps" section and find the "Text to Image" app under the Popular category. If you can't find it, use the search bar to locate it.
  5. Click on the "Text to Image" app. It will open in a separate window.
  6. In the app, describe the character you want the AI to generate, e.g., a bear.
  7. Add the extra prompt: "We want our character with defined legs, arms, and hopefully a neck."
  8. Choose a style from the available options. For example, select the "Color Pencil" option.
  9. Set the aspect ratio to portrait.
  10. Click on "Create Your Image" and wait for the AI to generate four different bear options.
  11. Select the bear with a full body and non-overlapping arms and legs. If none of the generated options are suitable, click on "Create" again to generate more options until you find a character you like.
  12. Download the chosen character by clicking on "Share" and selecting the download option. Choose either PNG or JPEG format and select only the page with the desired character.

Part 2: Animating the Cartoon Character

In this step, we will use a different platform to animate the character. Follow these steps:

  1. Visit the website Animation Generator and click on "Get Started."
  2. Upload the cartoon character you generated in Canva by clicking on the button and selecting the file.
  3. Ensure that the character's arms and legs do not overlap the body based on the examples provided.
  4. Click "Next" and review and accept the terms and conditions (if applicable).
  5. Check that the entire body of your character is highlighted. Use the pen brush to highlight any missing parts or the eraser to remove any unwanted sections.
  6. Click "Next" and review the points on the joints of your character. Adjust them if needed for better movement.
  7. Click "Next" to see the animated character. If you're not satisfied, click on "Fix" to make further adjustments.
  8. Explore different animations available, such as dancing, funny movements, jumping, and walking, by clicking on them.
  9. Once you're happy with the animation, click "Share" and download it by clicking on the appropriate button.
  10. You can continue downloading different variations of the character's animations if desired.

Part 3: Removing the Background

To remove the white background from the animated character, follow these steps:

  1. Open the website Unscreen.com and upload your animation.
  2. The AI on the platform will automatically remove the background, leaving you with a transparent animation.
  3. Download the animation by clicking on the download button.

Using the Animated Cartoon Character

Now that you have an animated character with a transparent background, you can use it in various materials, videos, presentations, and more. Here are a few examples:

  • Add the character to your Canva projects by uploading the animated gif and placing it wherever needed.
  • Incorporate the animation into any video editing software to create engaging videos.
  • Use the character in presentations to bring your content to life.


Creating and animating cartoon characters using AI has never been easier. By following this step-by-step tutorial, you can generate unique characters, animate them, and remove the background. The possibilities for using these animated characters are endless, and with the continual advancements in AI technology, we can expect even more creative possibilities in the future.

Let us know if you found this tutorial helpful and if you would like to see more tutorials on utilizing AI platforms for creative projects. Feel free to share any other AI platforms for creating animations in the comments.

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