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Nathan Halder
Animating geometric swirling lines
on Oct 11, 2012 at 1:29:04 am

I'm having trouble trying to describe, and therefore search the internet and forum for creating and animating lines like this:



I have the Trapcode Suite, so I was playing around with Stroke. I also tried to make a grid and keyframe Bezier warp but I'm not really getting what I want.

What I would like to create are these types of lines that are animated with a gentle wave type motion.

Any suggestions?


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Vishesh Arora
Re: Animating geometric swirling lines
on Oct 11, 2012 at 6:11:23 am

Nathan

Have a look at this tutorial:

http://ae.tutsplus.com/tutorials/motion-graphics/how-to-create-glowing-eleg...


This is not the one you want but may help you to get the result you want.

Vishesh Arora
VFX and Motion Graphics Artist
Films Rajendra

Blog:
http://digieffects.wordpress.com

Demo Reel(3D):







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Vishesh Arora
Re: Animating geometric swirling lines
on Oct 11, 2012 at 6:37:48 am

Nathan

Try this:

1. Apply 3D stroke to a solid.
2. Make a path using pen tool(Try to use 3 or 4 four vertices) .
3. Go to Repeater, Enable it and then change settings as Required.
4. Animate the mask Path and all stroke will follow the same movement.

Vishesh Arora
VFX and Motion Graphics Artist
Films Rajendra

Blog:
http://digieffects.wordpress.com

Demo Reel(3D):







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John Cuevas
Re: Animating geometric swirling lines
on Oct 11, 2012 at 12:21:57 pm

Trapcode Stroke is the right path. Create a solid and make a smooth curvy mask. Apply stroke. In my example project I made the thickness 1.8, Feather 100, Enabled "Taper" and under the "Advanced" tab turned down the internal opacity to 40%.

The real magic occurs in the repeater tab. I turned up my instances to 8, play with the X & Y rotation and Z displacement for the initial look. Then start playing "Scale" and "Factor" and you should have something very similar.

Here's the project I created: 4782_wavystrokelines.aep.zip

Hope that gets you on the right path(no pun intended)

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

"I have not failed 700 times. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work."
---THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.


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Nathan Halder
Re: Animating geometric swirling lines
on Oct 11, 2012 at 10:31:20 pm

Thank you Vishesh and John.

John, your comp was more what I was looking for. Thanks for the starting point - It looks really good. It's always cool to look at other people's work!


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John Cuevas
Re: Animating geometric swirling lines
on Nov 11, 2012 at 3:43:55 am

Glad I could help.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

"I have not failed 700 times. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work."
---THOMAS EDISON on inventing the light bulb.


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