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Dan Gifford
distorting the location line of a gradient
on Nov 28, 2017 at 5:59:40 pm

Hello.
I have a gradient, applied as an image mask, that I'm using to change the opacity of ONE side of a shape over time.
It works - but as the bezier is a curve, I wanted to distort the 'location' (the name Motion uses to describe of the central point of the gradient) to fit the shape much better.

I wandered if anyone could help me do this, or think of another way to achieve the effect?
Thanks Dan

Mac pro, motion 5, Elcaptian.


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Simon Ubsdell
Re: distorting the location line of a gradient
on Nov 29, 2017 at 10:36:47 am

You could try using a Bulge to add some curvature the the gradient. Alternatively you could use a radial gradient but it would be less successful for what I think you want.

Simon Ubsdell
tokyo productions
hawaiki


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Simon Ubsdell
Re: distorting the location line of a gradient
on Dec 4, 2017 at 9:08:52 pm

Here's a much better idea:

Create two color solids one for each side of your gradient.

Create a curved mask for the upper layer.

Add a directional blur to the mask along the axis of the gradient and increase as required.

Very controllable.

Simon Ubsdell
tokyo productions
hawaiki


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Dan Gifford
Re: distorting the location line of a gradient
on Dec 22, 2017 at 7:49:24 am

Thank you! I just tried it now, at the very end of the project and it worked really well. :o)
Took me a while to work out exactly whet you meant, but I got it.😊


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