Design, build and rig for animation using CelAction

Do you want to work on a CelAction project as a designer, rigger or layout artist? Whether you are an experienced CelAction animator or if you are just starting out in the industry, this intensive 3-day course is here to give you a solid foundation in designing, building and rigging assets for animation using CelAction. When you have completed the course you will have a valuable set of skills that you can build upon in your pursuit of a career in a busy and growing animation industry.

CelAction is industry-leading 2D animation software used for films, TV series and commercials. TV series including Peppa Pig, Mr Bean, Simon’s Cat and Sarah & Duck are all created using CelAction.

You will learn how to

  • Design asset workflows and use best practices
  • Import assets into CelAction’s Assemble Mode
  • Build and rig character actors for animation
  • Build and rig prop and background actors for animation
  • Create shortcut keys and macros for faster workflow
  • Understand the use of dummies and parenting
  • Create and manage elements for shape switching
  • Create limber elements and limber controllers
  • Make vector path elements
  • Understand and set up display orders 
  • Create and manage powerful element special effects
  • Use shape links and group links for synchronising shape switching
  • Set up actions for storing animation poses
  • Prepare Actors and assets for distribution to animators
  • Update and edit existing actors
  • Set up and manage CelAction’s render tools

For the duration of the 3-day course you will be provided with USB dongle and a full version of CelAction Studio Edition (the dongle will be returned at the end of the course). Once you have completed the course you will be eligible for a 50% discount on the cost of a CelAction Professional Edition license.

About your tutor

This course is offered by Tim Frost, a UK animator and animation designer with over 15 years CelAction experience whose TV credits include Peppa PigHey Duggee! and Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom.

About the venue

The Phoenix Gallery is an art gallery and event space in the heart of Brighton. Tim has hired one of their spacious workshop rooms to run the course. More information about the Phoenix Gallery can be found on their website.


What do I need to bring with me to the course?

You MUST bring a working PC or laptop that has a minimum of 4GB of RAM, at least 2 USB ports and running Windows 7, 8 or 10 in order to run the CelAction Studio software. If you require details on the system requirements, they can be found on CelAction’s website. For Mac OS users, it is possible to run Windows and Celaction via software like Parrallels. If you have any questions contact Tim and he’ll email or call you.

All artwork assets and design files will be provided. However, if you would like to bring your own assets, please contact Tim before the course starts to discuss what you have in mind.  For the duration of the 3-day course you will be given the use of a USB dongle allowing the installation and running of CelAction Studio Edition. This dongle MUST be returned to Tim at the end of the event. Failure to do so will result in a dongle replacement charge of £150 (so, don’t lose the dongle while on the course and don’t forget to return it!). If possible, Tim will arrange for CelAction to be installed on your PC before attending the course (details to follow).

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is heavily restricted around the Phoenix Gallery, and although you may be lucky to find a free space nearby it is recommended that you use public transport. The venue is a 10 minute stroll from Brighton’s mainline railway station and there are plenty of buses available. If you require further information, please contact Tim before you travel.

What are my options for accommodation?

Brighton has numerous of B&Bs, Airbnbs and budget hotels to offer. Take a look at Visit Brighton to give you an idea on what’s available.

What about refreshments?

Tim will supply tea, coffee and biscuits (let Tim know of any allergies you have) and you can bring your own snacks and refreshments if you choose. There is a popular cafe at the venue, and Brighton has a diverse range of affordable places to grab lunch and dinner. 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please feel free to contact Tim via this page with any questions. Tim is happy to email or call you back. 


What’s the refund policy?

Due to the costs involved in setting up a course Tim is unable to offer refunds. If however you have purchased a ticket to the course and find you are unable to attend then please contact Tim to discuss the matter.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. But you must bring your PC or laptop (see above),

Is there any printed material that comes with the workshop?

Yes. You will be given a set of printed course notes to keep.


Can I update my registration information?



Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?



Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

That should be fine.

Do I get a prize for reading all the FAQs?

No, but they do say “virtue is its own reward”.