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Abbey Benowitz
traveling glow on thin line
on Oct 5, 2010 at 9:30:42 pm

Does any one know how to make a traveling glow on thin line? I was thinking it might be accomplished by making a duplicate behind the original line and applying the glow to that with a keyframed traveling gradient mask, but I thought there might be an easier way.


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Stephen Smith
Re: traveling glow on thin line
on Oct 5, 2010 at 10:56:16 pm

Do you want the thin line to animate or just the glow....or both?

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Abbey Benowitz
Re: traveling glow on thin line
on Oct 6, 2010 at 1:04:36 pm

Hi Stephen,

I'd like the glow to animate or travel down the line in a smooth way. The line itself can stay still. I know I've seen this effect many times, and am hoping to be able to do it in Motion. Thanks for any suggestions.


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Stephen Smith
Re: traveling glow on thin line
on Oct 6, 2010 at 4:49:29 pm

In this case I think the easiest thing to do is to create a bezier line below the other line. Or if your current line is already a bezier or b-spline line or something duplicate it. Change its color to a yellowish color. Make sure you are working with the shapes outline and not the fill in the Shape tab. Add a Write On behavior. That will animate the line so it writes onto the screen. You can add a Gaussian blur to the line to blur it or set the Brush Type to Airbrush to give it a glowy feel. That is one option. Hope I made sense and best of luck.

Stephen Smith
Utah Video Productions

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