Friday, 23 February 2018

Introducing The Eleven Rig

Meet the Eleven Rig, available for free download at the Resources page of the Eleven Second Club.  Eleven is one of the most popular rigs used by our students, and can be used to create some great character animation.

Eleven is also very good for lipsync, body poses, and facial expressions, and is also relatively easy to learn.

Eleven does, however, have a few quirks. So, what are they and how can we navigate around them?
What is the license for this rig?
Eleven is an open source rig, so you are "allowed to do everything you want with it, which includes any change to the rig, or its appearance, porting it to other software packs, and using it for commercial work".

Credit where it's due
However you must credit the creators of Eleven. They also ask that you don't use it for anything pornographic or offensive - which is just common sense after all.

Eleven's eye looks weird - how can I fix it?
On the right is a quick Photoshop solution for a common problem with the eleven rig eye.
1) select the eye geometry
2) select normals in the toolbar
3) Select 'reverse normals'.
The eye should look fine now.

How do you fix the "black eye problem"?
Sometimes Eleven appears to have one black eye. To fix this:
Toggle "Lighting>Two-sided Lighting"

Eye Controller Settings
The Eye Direction Control (named "Eye All Control") works best when you change the Aim slider (in the Channel Box) from Head to World. This way the eyes will still follow the Eye All Control even when you rotate the head - which is generally what you want.

Is there a video on how to use Eleven?
There is. To watch a video on how to use Eleven, see below:

More information
For more information on the Eleven Rig, check out the Eleven Rig Blog, which answers plenty of questions about this excellent rig.

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