how would one go about shearing an invigorator object? squash and stretch is fine, but to create anticipatory movement, ie, individual letters about to zoom off screen... they'd lean back, then lean forward when zooming off.
is this possible?
The only animatable deformation in Invigorator is adjusting Z scale. You can accomplish shearing by doing one of the following:
1) Apply a deformation effect to the Invigorator layer or a pre-rendered movie. This option may not work depending on what you have the 3D sets doing.
2) Use layer cycling to deform the objects over time. This is a very powerful option. Essentially you use Illustrator's sheer and tweening tools to create a multilayered Illustrator doc, with each layer being a frame of animation or state of deformation of the object.
well, it answers my question and I see that it is possible, but at this stage not worth the effort. I wanted to be able to shear individual invigorator objects at specific times, meaning i'd have to have each object on it's own layer with the invigorator plugin applied. or layer cycling seems like it would be difficult to control timings. so thanks, but i'll leave it for this project.