Nice review of all the top rigging tools for After Effects including LimberPuppetToolsCharacter Tool by Keyframe Academy

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There are so many tools for character rigging in Adobe After Effects. With so many tools to pick from, we'll help you know which one is best for you and your situation. 

Character animation for Motion graphics is becoming more and more popular. If you've ever try to delve into character animation in Adobe After Effects, you've probably heard of Duik Bassel. Duik Bassel is the de facto character rigging tool for Adobe After Effects used by people all over the world. But did you know that there is a plethora of different character rigging add-ons available for After Effects? Each tool has it's own unique approach to character rigging in After Effects.

An alternative to Duik Bassel is Rubberhose 2 from BattleAxe. Rubberhose 2 simplifies character rigging and allows you to create a fully working IK limb, from just one click of a button. Rubberhose 2 make the process of making a Character animation incredibly simple! It's definitely checking out.

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Another character rigging tool that I really love, but not as many people know about is Limber, from Steve Kirby. Limber allows you to create a working limb just like Rubberhose 2, but gives you additional control over the size and shape of that limb. You can create tapered limbs with Limber and will as do intricate animations with foreshortening, something you can't do with any other character animation tool.

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Similar to Rubberhose 2, there is another option: Character tool. Character tool makes character animation for motion design very simple. Character tool is great for simple 2d animation characters that need simple visual customization. 

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Last but not least is perhaps the most straight forward tool, the puppet tool. Not to be confused with puppet pins. However the puppet tool can be used in tandem with the puppet pin tool in Adobe After Effects for proper character rigs. 

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