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Paul CampbellRotating a baseball on x or y axis
by on Jan 11, 2010 at 2:12:36 pm

Finding a 2-D image of a baseball and making it roll on the z axis is easy enough, but I'm trying to make the ball spin on either the x or y axis for the true 3-D effect. I've used the CCSphere effect before to make 3-D planets, etc from fractal noise patterns, but the threads on a baseball (or the lines on a basketball) aren't random, so trying to create a baseball that I can spin is proving tricky. Can someone help? Thanks.


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henk loorbachRe: Rotating a baseball on x or y axis
by on Jan 11, 2010 at 2:51:28 pm

i think you should try to find a spherical map of a baseball on a 3d website and then use the cc spherzize filter, or try fiddling with a square photoshop file untill you find the right way to put the lines on a square


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Michael SzalapskiRe: Rotating a baseball on x or y axis
by on Jan 11, 2010 at 3:24:07 pm

A quick Google search turns up what you need.

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Serge HamadRe: Rotating a baseball on x or y axis
by on Jan 11, 2010 at 5:28:48 pm

Hi Paul,

I would advise you to google for spherical mapping. Mainly your map should always have a 2:1 aspect ratio. To avoid the north & south pinch you need to use the Polar coordinates distortion effect when creating your map. Creating geometrically complex spherical maps is not an easy task, it takes time and patience;-)

You can visit my site and check the InvigoMany-Sport for some examples.
E-Mail me if you like the Baseball object and I will send it to you for free.
The project was meant for Invigorator but you could also use CC-Sphere if you like. Opening the texture, transparency & bump-mapping compositions will show you exactly how these maps were created right inside of After effects.

Salut.
Serge

New! InvigoMany-Media volume I & II available here:
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henk loorbachRe: Rotating a baseball on x or y axis
by on Jan 11, 2010 at 5:37:06 pm

speaking of that:
texture, transparency & bump-mapping compositions will show you exactly how these maps were created right inside of After effects.

is there a good tutorial for this?

Henk


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Serge HamadRe: Rotating a baseball on x or y axis
by on Jan 11, 2010 at 6:30:11 pm

Hi Henk,

The Creative Cow series "Zaxwerks-Invigorator-Training" does that in detail.

There is also a lot of info at the Zaxwerks forum on how to create many different things. Just make a search.

Salut.
Serge

New! InvigoMany-Media volume I & II available here:
http://www.nyc-visual.com

Invigorator/Proanimator Training: http://library.creativecow.net/articles/hamad_serge/invig_training.php


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Paul CampbellRe: Rotating a baseball on x or y axis
by on Jan 11, 2010 at 8:48:06 pm

Guys, thanks so much for all of the tips! This is exactly what I needed.

Regards,

Paul


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Craig AndersonRe: Rotating a baseball on x or y axis
by on Mar 23, 2014 at 10:54:14 pm

I am very interested in buying your invigorator project, but the web address shows under construction. Do you have a new one?


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