Thursday, February 8, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

screen layer nudge

My art director made these cool sparkles for our character, and when I was playing around with them, I realized I could use a silly technique to make cool color streaks.

Copy the sparkles
Paste into new layer
Make sure layer is above
Set layer to screen
Use nudge tool with "Sample All Layers"
Drag over sparkles to create tail and brightening effect

Pretty cool for effects or forms for paintings.

Monday, December 4, 2017

a flower effect test using panning uvs

I had another epiphany about this sort of animation.

In order to get assets to appear to be offset, you have to duplicate them on the texture and stretch them into an offset, as well as update the UV's.

The result is that you get one leaf showing up before the other, and moving twice as slow.

So in essence, you get different timing for each leaf using a single material and animation curve.

Did this with my vines to get this result as well.

Kinda neat!

The trick is to make sure you start the UV's all in the same place. I usually go to the last frame to set up the alignment.

The last thing you can do is non-uniformly modify the length of the mesh itself to get slightly offset timing. So scaling along the axis the texture is moving gives  a slightly offset effect.

It helps if you're looking for that invisible variety that you get from editing something with your hands and not just letting the computer do everything for you.