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Theater curtain: Animating a rising curtain


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In the last two weeks, we created the curtain So let's turn these guys back on and there they are.
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Theater curtain: Animating a rising curtain

In the last two weeks, we created the curtain that you see in front of you right now. We created the braids, the tassels on the first week, and on the second week we created the final curtain. What we're going to do this week is we're going to finalize our presentation by animating the rising of this curtain. As a few steps that are going to go into this. So, keep in mind that a little modification here and there and these steps could be applied to anything you might be faced with in your current work situation or your daily art whatever. So, what we are going to do here is we are going to animate the rising of this curtain.

Now, first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to go in here, and I've added a layer. Now this is going to be the little presentation. Doesn't matter. Right now, the Opacity is set to 0 on that layer, so it doesn't matter and it's in the back. What I'm going to do, is I'm going to take these three layers, let's turn these off for now, and I'm going to take the curtain and I'm going to say Merge Visible into a single layer. Merge Visible. There's our curtain, all right. And what those three layers were, were the shadows and the highlights that we created last week. All right, so there's our curtain. So let's turn these guys back on and there they are.

So now we're going to create a layer on top of this. Layer right on top of this, and we are going to call this the spotlight. There we go. And I'm going to get away from my foreground color and I'm going to create a nice big circle right here in the center. Select a circle right there like that, and I'm going to go ahead and fill it with that foreground color, which is the white. Set this up, Foreground Color, 100%, click OK. And let's deselect it, and I'm going to blur it. Let's give it a nice little Gaussian Blur just to make it nice and soft like a spotlight.

About like, that's good, that looks pretty good right there like that. Click OK. And I'm going to set that up to Screen. So, go in here, and we set it up to Screen. And there it is. And, I'm going to lighten it up a little bit. Just like that. See, there we go. That's the way it's going to be, but right now, we're going to bring it all the way down to 0. Bring it down to 0. So, there we go. We have a spotlight, a curtain, and our little sign if I recall this sign. There we go. I'm going to bring up a whole new panel here, which is the Timeline panel.

Here it is. I'm going to say, create a video timeline. You have two choices here, frame animation or video timeline. I'll say, create a video timeline and there it is. Let's close this off and let's pull back a little bit, so we can see the curtain in the background. And bring out Timeline and open it up a little bit, just to give ourselves a little more room to work with. And there we can see that we have this whole little animation right here, that's going to give us our view. Let's shrink it down, there we go. So, just so we see the whole thing. And there we can see that we have the three layers.

So I'm going to go in here and open up the spotlight. Right there. So what's going to happen is, right now the spotlight is, everything is in place, it just moves. I'm going to move in, just a little bit, I'm going to move it forward just a little bit into the animation. About to there. Right? Maybe, in fact, we'll bring it over to 15 frames into this animation. And what's going to happen is, a little less. What's going to happen here is I'm going to lock the Opacity for it, because remember it's set to 0. And then I'm going to move it forward just a little bit right here, right about there.

And what's going to happen now is that I'm going to go to here and bring the Opacity up. So I start to see my spotlight right there like that. There we go, looking good. Now I'm going to give that layer a mask. So I'm going to go in and select my curtain, there is the curtain that's selected. And in that spot I'm going to say, give it a mask. Now we see it because the mask represents what's there. All right. So now, I'm now going to move the timeline forward a little bit.

You'll notice I had created a, a little guy right there for the opacity. There it is. So I'm going to move this forward a little bit. I'm going to forward a little bit more, right here. And right here, I'm going to go to the curtain. Let's close the spotlight down and I'm going to go to the curtain, right there, and I'm going to lock the position for it. Right there. I lock the position for the curtain. Let's go back to the spotlight and the layer mask position. I'm going to lock that. There we go. So now we have in those two layers right now their positions are being locked.

The mask for the spotlight and the position for the curtain itself. For now I'll move forward a few. We'll move over forward to about, let's say about, let's go almost to the end, right about here. Okay? So what's going to happen now is I'm going to take my curtain. I take my curtain and I'm going to take my Move tool and I'm going to move it straight up all the way up to the top. Right about there like that. See it. Now, I'm going to take the layer mask.

This guy. The layer mask position. Make sure I'm in the mask, and I'm going to unlink it. Because I want to move the mask, but not the spotlight. Okay? So what's going to happen is, I'm going to take that mask, and I'm going to move it up. And you can see that it is moving, and I'm going to move it up until it matches right up there with a curtain. It made it look like it disappeared because it's going into nothing. Right there. So now, let's close these down and let's close that. And then we have our sign, right there.

So I'm going to open that up. And what I, is going to happen here is, right here I'm going to go forward a little bit. Little bit more and I'm going to lock its opacity right there. Go forward a little bit, about to here and I'm going to bring the Opacity for that little sign, up to 100%. And that's it. We now have our little animation. So what I'm going to do, is let's close this all down. Close these down. Let's close the whole panel down, as far as we can right here.

And let's make this a little bit bigger, just so we can see what's going to happen next. And here we have our little presentation, so let's rewind it to the beginning, and hit Play. And there you see that we have our little presentation. The little curtain rises and as it rises, you could see that the spotlight starts to disappear behind it. And our presentation appears. Now a presentation could be anything, it could be a video, it could be a sign like I have here. Whatever it is that you want it to be. We've created a whole intro, where we're setting a grand stage, with a fantastic curtain, that opens up, and exposes our presentation.

Remember, a little change here and there and you can totally change the whole look and feel of this thing. Your curtain can have additional textures, or, or it can have a picture on it, or it could be anything. It could be a, iron gate or something that's opening. It's just all the steps are what's important. The actual elements that's up to you. Have fun and play.

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