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Jonathan Lester
Drifting/Falling Feather Effects (2D)
on Apr 18, 2014 at 4:57:06 pm

Hi there,
So I've been digging around the forums and various sites trying to find a tutorial pertaining to a falling feather or leaf. I know that phrase sounds vague, so here's what I'm trying to do:
I have a two vector images - a lock and a feather. My client wants the lock to float downward ON the feather and to gently land at the base of the frame. I positioned the two images how I want them, then nested them so they can animate as one element. This is a 2D effect. I'm not overly familiar with expressions, so I've been fooling around with the position and rotation keyframe with various interpolation. I got pretty close to what I needed, but the nested comp seems to "hold" at the extreme points of the motion path.
A video link is attached showing what I've done so far. This is a very simple effect that I'm trying to either smooth out what I have, or start over using a expressions or another method.
Thanks!
-Jon

http://reels.creativecow.net/film/floating-feather


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John Cuevas
Re: Drifting/Falling Feather Effects (2D)
on Apr 18, 2014 at 5:46:19 pm

I would select your keyframes---say position, open the graph editor and manually adjust the incoming and outgoing velocity to smooth out the animation. The graph editor can be accessed by by pushing the last symbol above your layer names in the timeline panel. Then do the same for rotation.

You could also play with the Ease and Wizz script. That uses expressions to smooth out keyframe movement.

Johnny Cuevas, Editor
Thinkck.com

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John Cuevas
Re: Drifting/Falling Feather Effects (2D)
on Apr 18, 2014 at 6:08:00 pm
Last Edited By John Cuevas on Apr 18, 2014 at 6:16:04 pm

Here's another thread where we were discussing falling objects, in the last post I uploaded a project that uses some expression to add some random, fluttering, falling to an object, you might want to check that out.

http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/202/899616#899627

I made some adjustments to the original project, that more mimic what you were trying to do.
7380_fallingfinal.aep.zip


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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