Department of Creative Arts
St. Pius X High School

Tutorial 2 - Vector Effects

 

Animate Vector Effects


 

 

 

Change the Movie Background

 

1.            Click File menu New.

 

 

2.            Click Movie menu Movie setup.

 

 

3.            In the list of categories in the Options dialog box, click Background (under Movie setup).

 

4.            Open the Solid color picker, and click the black color swatch.

 

 

5.            Click OK.

 

 

Create a Star

 

1.            Open the Object flyout , and click the Polygon tool .

 

 

2.            Draw a polygon in the center of the stage.

 

 

3.            Pull one of the midpoint nodes toward the center of the polygon to turn it into a star.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.            On the color palette, click the yellow color swatch to make the star yellow.

 

 

5.            Open the Outline flyout , and click the No outline button  to remove the star's outline.

 

 

 

 

 

Distortion Effects

 

Next, you'll apply vector effects to the star over time. To begin, you'll increase the life span of the star and apply a zipper distortion effect, so that the star changes shape over time. You'll preview the animated distortion effect and then undo the effect.

Zipper Distortion Effect

1.            In the Timeline Docker window, click the star's timeline (the black dot) and drag it to frame 30.

 

2.            Click frame 15 in the star's timeline.

 

If the star gets deselected, click the object name Polygon to select it.

 

3.            Click the Insert keyframe button .

 

A keyframe is added to the star's timeline at frame 15. Also, keyframes are added to the start and end frames of the star.

 

 

4.            Open the Interactive tools flyout , and click the

 

Interactive distortion tool .

 

 

5.            From the Presets list box on the property bar, choose Zipper 2.

 

6.            Click the the Play button to preview the animated zipper effect.

 

7.            To stop the preview, click the Stop button  

 

 

8.            Click Edit menu  Undo distortion.

 

 

 

You are now ready to experiment with other distortion effects.

 

Push Pull Effect

 

Click the keyframe at frame 15 in the star's timeline.

 

2.            Open the Interactive tools flyout , and click the

 

Interactive distortion tool .

 

 

3.            From the Preset list box, choose Push-pull 1.

 

 

4.            Click the Play button to preview the animated effect.

 

5.            Click the Stop button.

 

 

6.            Click the keyframe at frame 15 in the star's timeline.

 

7.            On the property bar, click the Clear distortion  button to remove the push and pull distortion.

 

8.            From the Preset list box, choose Twister 2.

 

 

9.            Click the Play button to preview the animated effect.

 

 

Push and Pull

Twister

 

Envelope Effect

 

 

In this procedure, you'll change the star's shape over time using an envelope.

Click the keyframe at frame 15 in the star's timeline.

 

2.            Open the Interactive tools flyout , and click the

 

Interactive envelope tool .

 

 

3.            Move the envelope's nodes to shape the star any way you like.

 

4.            Click the Play button to preview the animation.

 

 

5.            Click the Stop button to stop the preview.

 

 

6.            Click the keyframe at frame 15 in the star's timeline.

 

7.            On the property bar, click the Clear envelope button to remove the envelope effect.

 

You are likely to notice that the star's position on the stage has changed.

 

 

8.            Double-click the keyframe at frame 15 to delete it. This ensures that the star remains in the same position on the stage during the movie.

 

Transparency

 

1.            In the Timeline Docker window, click the keyframe at frame 30 in the star's timeline and drag it to frame 10.

 

 

2.            Click frame 5 in the star's timeline, and click the Insert keyframe button to add a keyframe.

 

 

3.            Open the Interactive tools flyout , and click the Interactive transparency tool .

 

4.            From the Transparency type list box on the property bar, choose Radial.

 

 

5.            From the color palette, drag white to the start vector handle as shown below, and when the white square changes to a cursor, release the mouse button.

 

6.            From the color palette, drag black to the outward vector handle as shown below, and when the black square changes to a cursor, release the mouse button.

7. Click the Play button  to preview the animation. The star appears to fade in and out.

 

8.            Click the Stop button  to stop the preview.

 

Blends

 

Delete keyframes and change an object's life span


 

1.            In the Timeline Docker window, click the keyframe at frame 10, and then click the Delete keyframe button to delete the keyframe.

 

2.            Repeat the previous step to delete the keyframe at frame 5 in the star's timeline.

 

3.            Drag the black dot at frame 5 to frame 1 to decrease the life span of the star to one frame.

 

 

 

 

Moving Blend

 

 

 

1.            Using the Pick tool , drag the star to the top-left corner of the stage.

 

 

2.            Hold down CTRL and, using the Rectangle tool , drag to draw a square in the bottom-right corner of the stage.

 

3.            On the color palette, click the yellow color swatch to fill the square with yellow.

 

 

4.            Double-click the Pick tool to select all the objects on the stage.

 

 

5.            Open the Interactive tools flyout , and click the Interactive blend  tool.

 

6.            From the Preset list box on the property bar, choose Straight 20 step.

 

 

7.            Click Movie menu Create sequence from blend.

 

Note that in the Timeline Docker window, Corel R.A.V.E. automatically creates a timeline with two keyframes for the new animated blend.

 

 

8.            Play the movie to preview the effect.

 

The star gradually changes into a square, while moving from the top-left to the bottom-right corner of the stage.

 

9.            Click the Stop button  .

 

 

Create an Animated Stationary blend

 

 

In this procedure, you'll make the star change into a square as it remains in the same position on the stage. You'll begin by undoing the animated blend you created in the previous procedure. Next, you'll reposition the square and the star, and you'll blend the two objects. Last, you'll animate the blend you created and preview the effect.


 

1.            On the toolbar, click the arrow on the Undo button , and choose Blend. This will undo your last two actions--animating and creating the blend.

 

2.            In the Timeline Docker window, drag the playhead to frame 1.

 

 

3.            Using the Pick tool , drag the star to the center of the stage.

 

 

4.            Drag the square to the center of the stage, and position it on top of the star.

 

 

5.            Double-click the Pick tool to select both objects.

 

 

6.            Open the Interactive tools flyout , and click the Interactive blend tool.

 

7.            From the Preset list box on the property bar, choose Straight 20 step.

 

 

8.            Click Movie menu Create sequence from blend.

 

9.          Play the movie to preview the effect. The star gradually turns into a square.

 

 

 

10.          Click the Stop button .