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Adding shadows

From: Flash CS4 Professional Tools for Character Animation

Video: Adding shadows

Now we are going to look at adding shadows to an animation. Here we have our ball monster and it's moving down, that created a shadow animation. You will notice that the easing is off and the shadow animation is on a separate layer. Now what to point out is that whenever you are creating animations using really customized easing, it may be easier like in this situation to turn off all easing first. So I just have the monster at the top and at the bottom. So here my shadow is a movie clip that's pretty simple. I have an Alpha property animating and then I have a Blur filter that's animating as well and I am also animating its scale.

Adding shadows

Now we are going to look at adding shadows to an animation. Here we have our ball monster and it's moving down, that created a shadow animation. You will notice that the easing is off and the shadow animation is on a separate layer. Now what to point out is that whenever you are creating animations using really customized easing, it may be easier like in this situation to turn off all easing first. So I just have the monster at the top and at the bottom. So here my shadow is a movie clip that's pretty simple. I have an Alpha property animating and then I have a Blur filter that's animating as well and I am also animating its scale.

So it scale out a little bit, the Alpha increases and the Blur lowers. I can easily define how we want the animation to be at the beginning or when the monsters is up, I can easily define how I want it to be when the monster is down. So I have my animation created and now all I have to do is apply my Custom easing. So in this file, I actually have the Custom easing created, so I'll select the animation frames, to the Motion Editor and then apply Custom easing for basic motion and that's 2-Custom and for transformation I am going to apply 3-Custom. Then I'll go back to the Timeline, select the animation on the shadow layer, go to the Motion Editor and I am going to apply some Custom easing that I created which is a really sharp bell curve to the Filters properties that's 2-Custom, Alpha property and the Transformation properties.

Now it has got the playhead and with the easing applied the monster moves down and jumps back up, and notice that the shadow looks correct when the monster is down. I'll test the movie to see everything in action. So now there is the shadow applied as the monster jumps. So if you ever want to add shadows or other effects to an animation, you might want to turn off any easing that's applied to the animation and then you can modify the animation based on the start and end properties.

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Flash CS4 Professional Tools for Character Animation

38 video lessons · 24568 viewers

Todd Perkins
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  1. 2m 44s
    1. Welcome
      42s
    2. Using the example files
      46s
    3. Getting into this course
      1m 16s
  2. 39m 5s
    1. Reviewing motion tweens
      2m 32s
    2. Adjusting motion tweens in the Property Inspector
      3m 55s
    3. Working property keyframes
      5m 18s
    4. Controlling easing in the Motion Editor
      3m 28s
    5. Creating custom easing in the Motion Editor
      4m 36s
    6. Squashing and stretching with custom easing
      5m 33s
    7. Adding shadows
      2m 6s
    8. Encapsulating animations
      2m 39s
    9. Randomizing animations with graphic symbols
      2m 16s
    10. Stretching animations
      1m 31s
    11. Saving for previous versions of Flash
      1m 50s
    12. Converting animations to ActionScript code
      3m 21s
  3. 19m 43s
    1. Adding a perspective shadow
      3m 40s
    2. Nesting animations
      4m 26s
    3. Syncing audio
      4m 8s
    4. Adding 3D rotation
      5m 38s
    5. Using 3D layers
      1m 51s
  4. 17m 9s
    1. Animating a bone system
      3m 22s
    2. Adding easing to an armature animation
      1m 39s
    3. Creating complex armature animations
      2m 25s
    4. Creating bounce
      2m 53s
    5. Adding bones to shapes
      3m 19s
    6. Adding 3D animation to a spider
      2m 19s
    7. Creating interactive bones
      1m 12s
  5. 19m 2s
    1. Animating masks
      4m 3s
    2. Animating masked content
      5m 7s
    3. Creating shadows with masks
      4m 29s
    4. Creating an iris effect using masks
      5m 23s
  6. 7m 30s
    1. Saving motion presets
      1m 43s
    2. Exporting and importing motion presets
      3m 19s
    3. Applying and adjusting motion presets
      2m 28s
  7. 11m 40s
    1. Understanding walk cycles
      2m 45s
    2. Creating a walk cycle
      5m 16s
    3. Adding body movement
      3m 39s
  8. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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