• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint

Tutorial

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to create a spinning top using some of the shapes and textures that ship with LiveMotion. You will use the Top Object is Mask command, which clips the underlying objects into the contour of the topmost shape. This command can be used to clip a gradient or texture into any shape. In an animation, it can be used to move objects inside another shape. In these instructions, it will be used to clip textures inside a spinning top shape. The Paste Object Animation command will also be used to copy and paste Transform keyframes from one object to another.

To create a spinning top using a mask:

CREATE THE OBJECT

1.
Choose File menu >New, enter a Width of 450 and a Height of 230, Set the Frame Rate to 15, choose Export: Entire Composition, check the Make HTML box, then click OK.

2.
Display the Timeline editor.

3.
Choose the Rectangle tool (M). Draw a rectangle with a width of 426 and a height of 86 (use the Transform palette). Click on the Timeline editor. Press Return/Enter and rename the object "rectangle bottom."

4.
Duplicate the rectangle (Command-D/Ctrl-D), move the duplicate, click on the Timeline editor. Press Return/Enter and rename the object "rectangle top."

5.
Choose the Polygon tool (N). On the Properties palette, set the Sides to 4.

6.
Drag a diamond shape with a width of 91 and a height of 127. Move the diamond to the left of the center of the composition (Fig. 1).


Figure .


7.
Select the rectangle bottom. Display the Color palette, then choose a light color.

8.
Show the Gradient palette. Choose Linear from the drop-down menu and set the Angle to 270°.

9.
Show the Adjust palette. Set Posterize to 12 (Fig. 2).


Figure .


10.
Select the top rectangle. Show the Textures palette. Choose the "Badreception" texture, then click the Apply Texture button.

11.
Show the Opacity palette. To soften the transition between the top and bottom shapes, choose Burst from the drop-down menu and set the Angle to 90° (Fig. 1).


Figure .


12.
Position the bottom rectangle so its left edge is just visible to the left of the diamond object and its top edge rests just above the middle of the diamond.

13.
Position the top rectangle so its right edge is just visible to the right of the diamond and its bottom edge is just below the middle of the diamond. The two rectangles will now overlap slightly (Fig. 2).


Figure .


14.
Select all the objects.

15.
Choose Object menu > Group (Command-G/Ctrl-G).

16.
Choose Object menu > Top Object Is Mask. The textures in the rectangles will now be visible only through the diamond (Fig. 3). Save your document.


Figure .



PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint