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Quizzler challenges

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One of the most valuable skills you can learn as a motion graphic artist is the ability to watch somebody else's animation and figure out how it was done. Figure out how you would re- create it in After Effects. In that vein, we have three movies we'd like you to look at and try to figure out and recreate yourself. If you have the project files that came with this lesson, you've got access to these inside the Quizzler Movies folder. First, I am going to open up Quizzler Bounce+Squish. It is very similar to the bouncing ball you saw earlier in the Separate Dimensions movie, but you'll notice at the bottom of the bounces something different is going on.

Quizzler challenges

One of the most valuable skills you can learn as a motion graphic artist is the ability to watch somebody else's animation and figure out how it was done. Figure out how you would re- create it in After Effects. In that vein, we have three movies we'd like you to look at and try to figure out and recreate yourself. If you have the project files that came with this lesson, you've got access to these inside the Quizzler Movies folder. First, I am going to open up Quizzler Bounce+Squish. It is very similar to the bouncing ball you saw earlier in the Separate Dimensions movie, but you'll notice at the bottom of the bounces something different is going on.

The ball is actually compressing or squishing as it hits. Squishing, by the way, is a really important skill for all sorts of character style or just even cartoon style animations. Let's scrub though this and see what's going on. As we come close here, we're actually compressing the ball and then going back to the normal dimension during the bounce and then when we hit again, compressing the ball again, and then returning back to our normal size. How would you do that? Think about that for a moment. Let's go look at the second movie, Quizzler Butterfly Orbit.

You learned a lot about Motion Path in both the Basic Animation lesson and in this Advanced Animation lesson. Well, watch this butterfly as it goes in a perfectly round-circular-orbital motion path. How would you create a perfect circle for a motion path? It's another one to think on for a moment. Okay. And third Quizzler Overshoot. We played earlier with this flower illustration and making it grow, but how would you create this animation, where it grows and rotates but overshoots the mark and then snaps back into final resting position? What's the minimum number of keyframes you could use to recreate this animation? It's another good challenge for you.

The answers to all of these Quizzler challenges are based on extending techniques you've learned already in this lesson. So with that in mind, try to solve these and when you're done, come back and look at these solutions to see if you got it right.

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