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Paul DoughertyAnimating chevron arrows
by on Aug 30, 2014 at 12:21:25 am
Last Edited By Paul Dougherty on Aug 30, 2014 at 1:28:48 pm

I have to create a chart with arrows that animate in a cycling way. I could take a regular arrow and apply motion tile so it keeps repeating itself going in a certain direction then applying a soft mask to bracket it.

However I'm thinking it might look better to use chevron arrows. (sample attached) I did some masks on that to bracket it's length but it looks pretty fake. It's hard to describe what I'm looking for… maybe as one chevron reaches the end of its area that leading chevron (object) fades and the once behind it follow suit as they reach the end of the line. I imagine there is a font character that looks like this and I could better achieve this with text animation, best route.? I'm just starting, ideas welcome.

Thanks for any help in advance,

Paul

p.s. somehow I associate cycling chevron arrows with weather maps, it's not what I'm doing but the reference might help picture this

7926_chevronarrowstk2.jpg.zip


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: Animating chevron arrows
by on Aug 30, 2014 at 7:14:29 pm

Hi Paul -

I would definitely explore the animated text solution using an Arrow typeface. There are plenty of free ones out there:

https://www.google.com/search?q=arrow+typeface+free&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=u...

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Brian CharlesRe: Animating chevron arrows
by on Aug 31, 2014 at 1:56:58 am

What about using Shapes and repeaters?

7930_chevronshape.aep.zip



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Paul DoughertyRe: Animating chevron arrows
by on Aug 31, 2014 at 2:39:10 pm

Thanks Joe & Brian, things are looking promising. Brian I get the idea of what you suggest and thanks for creating the proj file but I only have AE CS 5.5

Paul


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Brian CharlesRe: Animating chevron arrows
by on Aug 31, 2014 at 3:15:38 pm

Here's a CS 5.5 version.

7931_chevronshapecs5.5.aep.zip



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Paul DoughertyRe: Animating chevron arrows
by on Aug 31, 2014 at 10:59:23 pm

Thanks Brian!


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Liran TabibRe: Animating chevron arrows
by on Dec 18, 2015 at 9:23:21 am

maybe this arrow preset will help, combined with repeater of course:
http://www.vdodna.com/products/arrow-preset/


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