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Rob Grauert
floral animations
on Mar 2, 2010 at 7:02:47 pm

Hi,

I've been trying to figure this out all morning. I'm trying to do those floral animations that draw onto the screen over time. Like this:







I saw an After Effects tutorial on how to do it. The guy broke up the image into layers in PS, then in motion he drew a mask and applied a write on effect to the mask. I thought I could adapt this to Motion, but it does seem to work...or I'm doing it wrong.

Any suggestions? I was surprised not to see anything on the COW already though....

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Stephen Smith
Re: floral animations
on Mar 2, 2010 at 7:45:31 pm

I thoroughly cover this in my Motion Training DVD called Moving with Motion, I think it will be of great help. Of course I'm biased.

Zak has a tutorial that I think you will find to be of great help: http://embryo.me.uk/wp/2008/03/02/growing-lines-tutorial-coming-soon/

Also, take a look at the pre-built floral content that comes with Motion, Go to the Library tab, Content, Drawings. Lots of great stuff.

Hope this helps and best of luck.




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zak peric
Re: floral animations
on Mar 2, 2010 at 7:50:24 pm

This was done by Andrew Kramer, see http://www.videocopilot.net, or search andrew kramer. Also he has a product called Evolution that has all those lovely flourishes rendered as movies. Good product that you can use in apple motion and after effects. if you want to make something like this I have a tutorial see this link: http://embryo.me.uk/wp/2008/03/17/video-tutorial-embryo-lines_part-2/ watch it around 28 min and forward.


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Rob Grauert
Re: floral animations
on Mar 2, 2010 at 8:30:47 pm

Thanks Guys,

I have already checked out the built in flora options in Motion, but I don't really like them.

I will check out the tutorials you linked to. If I have to I'll buy the Evolution product to save time.

Thanks guy

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Rob Grauert
Re: floral animations
on Mar 2, 2010 at 8:42:42 pm

ahh, i actually already discovered that technique that he describes in that tutorial. I just wasn't feeling it because doesn't allows for a crisp edge. Using the airbrush mode creates a soft edge.

Thanks though!

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Stephen Smith
Re: floral animations
on Mar 2, 2010 at 8:46:06 pm

To give the Airbrush a hard edge change the Spacing to 1%.




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Rob Grauert
Re: floral animations
on Mar 2, 2010 at 9:20:49 pm

Yup I have changed it to 1. It's not quite as sharp as using an image from Photoshop still, but it has actually grown on me. I like it a bit soft. It goes with the wispy feel of it.

Another thing I didn't like about this method (that I forgot to mention) is that it was hard to get the line to come to a nice point. The dabs would break apart at the end if you tried to make the width of the stroke too thin. But i figured out a nice solution to that...if you're interested.

Instead of using the Write On behavior or animating the "Last Point Offset" value from 0 to 100, I animated the Last Point Offset from 0 to 86. It makes a nice pointy tip since it cuts off the garbage at the end.

Thanks guys

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Stephen Smith
Re: floral animations
on Mar 2, 2010 at 10:38:34 pm

[Rob] Yup I have changed it to 1. It's not quite as sharp as using an image from Photoshop still, but it has actually grown on me. I like it a bit soft. It goes with the wispy feel of it.

If you want it super sharp, set the Spacing to 1% and then click on the Brush Profile discloser triangle. You have a gradient from white to black. Move the White box over the the right so it is close to the black box and you are in super sharp business.

[Rob]
Another thing I didn't like about this method (that I forgot to mention) is that it was hard to get the line to come to a nice point. The dabs would break apart at the end if you tried to make the width of the stroke too thin. But i figured out a nice solution to that...if you're interested.

I recommend you work with a broadcast monitor. In the Width Over Stroke section (In the "Stroke" Section) where you can adjust the width of the stroke to varying degrees you mentioned that it starts to break up. On my computer monitor the line stays in tacked until I dip below 3% for the Width Over the Stroke. However, it is really not broken up if you are looking at the stroke on a broadcast monitor. It is a nice super thin line. Beside, I would never recommend going below 3% anyways, that will cause interlacing problems that you don't want anyways. Best of luck and I'm happy you have created a project you like.




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