Simple Animated Shapes - Using Animated Path Stroke Script
Posted 19 February 2010 - 07:33 PM
No, just one path. I suspect it's all in where the center of the path lies, the path shape, and the angle of rotation that gives each version its own look. You did really well with it!!
I wonder if I should add a script to copy a path a certain number of times and rotate it the desired angles. That would speed up the process. Then you could just click on each path and run the script the appropriate number of times.
Posted 19 February 2010 - 08:08 PM
Ah! Figured it out. Have to set the gradient length. Got it!
Posted 19 February 2010 - 08:46 PM
That's what I did wrong. This path was in the center of my image and crossed both axes.
Posted 19 February 2010 - 09:06 PM
I don't understand about setting the bottom layer. I don't see a bottom layer, In the path there is only one and in the layers there is only one layer until I run the script the first time. You then say high-lite the bottom layer, then run the script. (What bottom layer?) :cry: :cry: :cry:
Posted 19 February 2010 - 09:22 PM
Back to the Layers. Select the bottom image layer (Not the white background layer), select the Rotation tool, click the path choice in the dialog, rotate 15°.
Back to the Paths. Run the script.
Back to the Layers, again select the bottom layer of the image (not the bg).
Click the image window, the rotation tool comes up, 15°. Back to the paths.
Keep doing that until you have made the complete 360 degrees. You can see the image grow as you stroke it with the Animation script in the Paths.
This was corrected to say 15° instead of 30 degrees.
Posted 19 February 2010 - 09:40 PM
You can use any amount of degrees you want but I was tired of rotating the path. 15 degrees looks better.
I will fix it to say 15°.
Here's one at 15° and now my brain and mouse hand are fried. :mrgreen:
Posted 20 February 2010 - 01:15 AM
Additionally, you could create paths from fonts and do it that way as well, but there are some nuances using fonts. I'll prepare a tutorial on using fonts when I get the chance.
After doing this over 4 times and getting the exact same results 4 times I just don't know why mine ends up like this. I followed the tute word for word.
Posted 20 February 2010 - 03:22 AM
Posted 20 February 2010 - 04:06 AM
Molly I can see you are rotating your path just fine. It's perfect.
What I am wondering is if after you click the bottom image layer, rotate the path, do you return to the Path and run the script each time you rotate the path?
Posted 20 February 2010 - 09:13 AM
"FP," I will do that
Anyway, I am not sure but I will try it again two more times......I printed it and followed it word for word, so I thought......... :x
Edit: Okay I did it over and over and over again and it is still exactly the same. One thing I see that is happening is it keeps adding copies of #1. I started at #1 for every petal BUT there is also copies of #1... :? :? :? :?
Posted 20 February 2010 - 04:10 PM
Here's a modified screenshot from the tutorial what needs to be selected to accomplish rotation of the path.
You have to pick the paths button in the rotate tool. The default is to rotate the layer. If you don't change it, only layers will be rotated. Once you've rotated the path, make sure you select the correct layer to begin drawing on, which is the second one from the bottom.
Also, don't worry about all the copies of the layers that are being made. That's the way the script works. I intentionally wrote the script to do that and didn't want it to change any of the names. That way, if the user has a specific name given to a layer, it remains that way after the script is run.
Lastly, for some reason, your animation has a jpg extension on the end of it. It still plays as an animation, but it's really a gif. Don't know why that is, but I thought I would point it out to you.
Hope this helps. Let me know if you need additional clarification.
Posted 20 February 2010 - 04:14 PM