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By Kristin Ellison | Friday, June 06, 2014

Creating an Animated Theater Curtain (Part 3)

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Last week Bert showed us how to create an animated theater curtain. This week we’ll learn how to add a spotlight to the scene and animate the rising of the curtain to reveal a presentation behind it.

He begins by adding a spotlight layer on top of the curtain layer, and draws a circle filled with white. By adding a gaussian blur to the circle, he softens the edges. Next, he brings up the timeline panel and selects “create a video timeline.”  In the timeline panel, he opens the spotlight layer, goes forward on the timeline about 13 frames, and locks the opacity for the spotlight. A little further along he increases the opacity and gives the spotlight a mask. Moving even further on the timeline, he locks the position for the curtain and then locks the layer mask for the spotlight. Near the end of the timeline he moves the curtain to the top of the screen and unlinks the layer mask so it, too, can be moved up to match the curtain’s position. Finally he opens the presentation layer and locks its opacity. A few frames later, he brings up the opacity to 100 percent so the presentation appears to be coming on.

Watch this week’s video to get started on your design, and be sure to check back next week for our next installment of Pixel Playground, when Bert will show us how to create a chalkboard.

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