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Lesson 6. Working with Particles > Finishing the Project

Finishing the Project

All we need to do now to finish the project is to add a little color and variety to the leaves and add the behaviors to make the leaves fall. Let's add the behaviors first; then we'll modify the color of the leaf particles.

1.
On the Layers tab, select the Maple Leaf Yellow cell.

2.
On the toolbar, click the Add Behavior pop-up menu and choose Simulations > Random Motion.

The Random Motion behavior appears on the Behaviors tab in the Inspector, below the particle cell on the Layers tab, and as a purple region in the mini-Timeline.

Notice that the purple Random Motion region in the mini-Timeline begins at the start of the project. Let's change the In point of the region so that the behavior starts at the playhead position (7 seconds).

3.
Press I to change the In point of the region in the mini-Timeline to the playhead position.

Let's do the same thing with a Gravity behavior.

4.
On the toolbar, click the Add Behavior pop-up menu and choose Simulations > Gravity.

5.
Press I to change the Gravity behavior In point to the playhead position.

6.
Press the spacebar to play the project in the Canvas.

It's working. However, the Gravity behavior isn't quite strong enough to pull the leaves all the way out of the frame. Let's increase the intensity of the Gravity behavior.

7.
Press D to open the Gravity Dashboard.

8.
In the Gravity Dashboard, drag the Acceleration slider all the way to the right to increase the gravity to the maximum value in the Dashboard (100).

Now the force of gravity pulls the leaves all the way out of the frame.


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