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Battle Axe Timelord
Battle Axe Timelord

Animating the hard way, but way easier

Transfer Photoshop and Animate layers directly into an After Effects comp and simplify frame-based animation, with Timelord.


Animating the hard way, but way easier.
Use it as a full frame-by-frame pipeline, or the easiest way to add drawn elements to After Effects, or like Overlord for Photoshop.

Director ∷ Reece Parker

Music ∷ Runes

Sound design ∷ Ambrose Yu

Render sorcery

Based on layer transfer systems made popular in Overlord and AEUX, it is now possible to render timeline layers to disk and automatically import into Ae.

Ps/An timeline → Ae

Selected layers as PNG sequences and SWFs.

Ae comp → Ps/An

MP4 reference renders.

Ps layers → Ae

Yep, it’s like Overlord.


Whether you call it cel, frame-by-frame, or drawn animation, it takes a lot of work. Spend more time drawing and worry less about how to manage frames.

Take control of groups of frames across multiple layers with matching toolbars in Photoshop and Animate.


timelord durationGonna go back in time

Drawn animation is about timing, and timing is all about the length of frames. Increase and decrease frame duration or roll the edit point between frames while maintaining layer length –like video editing.

Become the master of time, or some sort of time-lord.


timelord frametoolsConsistency upgraded

Create timelines to match Ae comps –or the other way around. Add new layers ready to draw, and duplicate blank layers with timing for cleanup. Add, remove, duplicate, split and clear frames with the same behaviors in Ps and An.

Working between apps has never been more intuitive.


timelord tools that growTools that grow

New to drawn animation? The default layout has everything you need to get started.

Are you a pro with a well established pipeline? Toolbars are customizable with additional functionality for more niche workflows.

Enjoy the journey.



Use Timelord without ever reading a manual. But if understanding how stuff works is your thing, then dive deep into the hidden mysteries.




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