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Lucien De Vivo
Particular sprite follow orientation of animation path
on Dec 9, 2016 at 1:26:32 pm

Hi guys,

This forum has been so useful to me over the years, so thank you!

This is my first post ever (It's hard to find unanswered questions these days), if I am in the wrong place let me know. The problem I've come across is something I can't find the answer to anywhere!

This is the visual I'm animating, nothing crazy but its used throughout the entire animation.



Now you say simple enough, just use trim path or a stroke.. they are both very valid ways to do it, but I would really love a tapered end... had it not been a split tone line it would have been simple! Plus the added work of animating a mask isn't worth it at this stage as I'm still waiting on finished VO's/music... standard.

Anyway I have tried a null with an animated motion path - oriented to motion path, it has two lights parented and then using two particular layers using said lights, which as you can see looks fine, just not perfect:



However because its two particular layers and not one I can't taper it in the middle (is there anyway to offset the center point of a sphere). Is there any work around? I think maybe a 1px x 15px sprite with two tones would work, but I cannot get it to orient to the motion path!

Any help would be amazing, I can probably make do with out the taper, but it would look so much better with it... and the animation would really benefit from that polish!

Lucien


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Lucien De Vivo
Re: Particular sprite follow orientation of animation path
on Dec 9, 2016 at 5:06:01 pm

I figured it out for anyone wondering....

All I did was add 1 more light in the middle of the other two.. image below


Then added a further particular layer with the taper, I then used that as a alpha matte. It is such a taxing way of doing it though! Shame particular can't do it with just one light!


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Roei Tzoref
Re: Particular sprite follow orientation of animation path
on Dec 9, 2016 at 5:55:59 pm

Variable width strokes and tapering already has some feature requests. join us and add another ☺ http://www.adobe.com/products/wishform.html

Roei Tzoref
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Lucien De Vivo
Re: Particular sprite follow orientation of animation path
on Dec 9, 2016 at 7:17:58 pm

Done and Done, fingers crossed its there in the future.


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