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In Motion 4 Essential Training, Ian Robinson shows how to start building outstanding motion graphics and animations for video production. He demonstrates how to build custom text animations with the new Adjust Glyph tool and explores Motion’s amazing real-time 3D tools. Ian highlights working in the 3D space, creating depth with lights and shadows, and using reflections to add realism. He gives practical advice on how to integrate Motion into a professional video workflow, round-tripping with Final Cut Pro and sending a final project to Compressor. Exercise files accompany this course.
I know this doesn't look too interesting, but when you apply a sequence paint behavior to a paint stroke, things can just take on a whole different life. Let me show you what I mean. We are going to take this ordinary paint stroke, and if I press Play, through sequence paint stroke we can literally have it look like it's burning off sort of like a fuse. So, let's get started. I'm just going to stop playback and close this project and we'll start at the beginning. Here we just have a normal paint stroke, if we press F5, you notice it's selected.
This is one of the presets out of the Paint Stroke Library. I'm just going to press Shift+Z to rescale the canvas. So with the Paint Stroke selected, go up to Add Behavior, go to Shape and choose Sequence Paint. Now, let's look at the behavior in the Inspector. And since we don't need it anymore, let's close the Project pane. Even though, we have applied the behavior, if you click Play notice nothing happens until you actually go up to the Add Parameter and choose something to add. I would like to choose Scale, so we can have the scale up over the sequence of the paint stroke.
The behavior gets the name Sequence because this stroke is actually made up of a bunch of little tiny paint dots. So, let's go to Scale and crank that up to around 200%. Let's move our playhead back to the beginning and press Play. Notice its happening but it's taking way too long. That's because the Spread is too wide. It's spreading this transition over the length of the entire stroke. So, if we drag that down to around 3%, you'll notice now it's a much more drastic transition.
Let's go back to the beginning and press Play. That's starting to look a little bit more like it. Let's stop playback for a second and add the color change. Let's go back up to the same Add option and choose Color. These same sequencing options will be applied to all the different parameters you add through this contextual menu. So let's choose a Red, Ctrl-click in the Color well and just choose a nice deep dark red. Now, let's begin playback again, and you can see its scaling and applying the color change.
Let's accentuate the rotation that's happening in the paint stroke, by adding a rotation to this sequence. Let's stop playback for a second, go up to Add and choose Rotation. I don't want it to be too crazy, but I would like to accentuate it. So let's go and drag it out to around 70. Let's go back to the beginning and check it out. So you notice now it's rotating and changing color and scale. This is pretty cool, but we need to have it scale back down.
If you go back up to the Parameter Add and trying to Scale again, notice it won't let you out the same parameter twice. So what we need to do is add a second sequence paint behavior. Go up to Add Behavior > Shape and choose Sequence Paint. This time let's just add a Scale and take it scale down to 0. Now, since the spread is still so wide, it's not achieving the desired effect. So let's drag the Spread down to the left. Let's press Play and check out what we have got.
This is starting to look pretty good, but I would like to tweak that expansion a little bit. Instead of having this initial sequence paint go to these settings. I would like you to go through these settings, where it will apply the settings and then take the settings off. So if we click through you will notice we'll get the wideness back on the end of the sequence. So if we click here, you notice it's going through and it's just giving us that little extra bit of realism.
So, we'll stop playback and add one last thing. Go up to the second Sequence Paint behavior and let's add a Color change, Ctrl-click in the well and let's make it kind of a burnt orange color. And now you notice that adds a nice effect to the end of our paint stroke. Let's go to the start of the project and press Play again. And now, you notice we have pretty much achieved the effect. If you want the tail to be a little bit longer, all you have to do is drag the Spread of the second behavior a little bit.
So, as you can see Sequence Paint is a great place to go, if you want to add some effects and realism to your paint strokes.
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