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Lip Syncing Mouths in Anime Studio

Lip Syncing Mouths in Anime Studio

Drawing and setting up mouths for lip syncing in Anime Studio

 

Create a Switch Layer

To set up a mouth that can lip sync, you will need to create a switch layer containing at least 10 sub-layers with different mouth shapes. The sub-layers listed in this article follow the Presten Blair mouth shapes. You can find out more about these expressions at the following link:

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There are 9 different shapes of a speaking mouth in this set. There is also one more mouth shape to create a mouth at "rest" or, in other words, a resting, non-speaking mouth, usually displayed as a closed mouth. For the lip syncing to be properly identified, these layers will have to be labeled in the following manner with these corresponding mouth shapes shown below.

 

Rest

This is the mouth at rest, usually when it is closed.

 

Etc

This is the shape for the sound "etc," but it is also used for most consonants: C, D, G, K, N, R, S, TH, Y, and Z.

 

FV

This is the shape for the consonants: F and V.

 

L

This is the shape for the consonant L, but it is also sometimes used for the sounds D or TH.

 

MBP

This is the shape for the consonants: M, B, and P.

 

WQ

This is the shape for the consonants: W and Q.

 

O

This is the shape for the vowel: O.

 

E

This is the shape for the vowel: E.

 

AI

This is the shape for the vowels: A and I.

 

U

This is the shape for the vowel: U.

 

Extra Mouth Shapes

You can also create your own mouth shapes to display emotion and add them to your switch layer, such as: Smile, Frown, Anger, etc. Just remember, when you add your own extra shapes, these will not be recognized by the lip sync process.

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