30(ish) Clicks — No. 2
Layer distort effects to create a synergistic, striped animation with just 30(ish) clicks.
Start with the Pen tool and freely create your own shape, which will act as the outline of your animation.
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Welcome back Fablers. This is Fable Academy's 30(ish) Clicks video series. This is yet another chapter where we show you how to make as much cool stuff inside of Fable, in as few clicks as possible. Let's dive right in.
In this chapter, we're going to animate these fun animated stripes inside of an abstract shape.
Start off project as usual. Let's set our canvas at 1920 by 1080. We're going to set the background to #F2F2F0 as our color. We're going to set it at 30 frames per second, and duration is going to be five seconds.
To start, let's grab our pen tool here on the left. You can go ahead and freehand any sort of shape that you would like. Curves are fun. It's more about creating a mask that we will use later on in the project.
Once we've drawn our shape, let's align it vertically and horizontally.
Our next step is going to be to create these stripes. We're going to grab our rectangle shape tool from the left bar here and just click and drag anywhere on the canvas and make it your first vertical stripe
Once you select that, let's change our color to #0D0D0D . It's a bit of a dark color here. It's almost black.
Select our stripe. Control D duplicate. And now you shift and the right arrow to push our shape to the right. Go ahead and select both of our stripes, control D again, followed by shift arrow once more. And that will select all four of them, and duplicate again. You have a total of eight stripes. And once again, shift right arrow to get them into position.
Once we have our eight stripes, let's go ahead and select all of them.
We're going to hit control G to create our Stripe group. As always, let's name our layer. We're going to call this one stripes and we're going to call the shape that we drew mask.
Let's place our stripe layer below our mask layer.
Then using the mask icon, click and drag to link it to our stripe shape below. As you can see, this will create our mask cutout. Let's position our stripes where we want them to sit inside of our shape.
Now let's get into the fun part, which is our effects stacking.
So with our stripe group selected, let's go ahead, and the very first thing that we're going to choose will be the ripple effect. Drag that on top of our stripe layer.
First thing we're going to do, let's set our radius to 4,000. And set our center X position to 100.
Let's go back to our effects panel and let's find the strip effect. Apply that as well.
The next effect we'll be stacking is our wave warp effect. From our effects library, let's go ahead and choose the wave warp, and drag it once again to the bottom. Now, this is starting to look pretty cool.
Drag our width, 434.9 on the wave warp. You can choose to play with this number as you see fit.
And now let's drop a couple keyframes into our timeline. On the ripple effect, you're going to go to zero seconds and we're going to keyframe with zero as our value.
Once we've set our first keyframe, let's move our time slider to right around two seconds and 15 frames. And here we're going to set a value of pen on that same ripple effect in the time category.
Lastly, let's move our time indicator all the way to the right here. To four seconds and 29 frames and set our value back to zero
Now let's adjust a few parameters. We're going to drag our ripple phase to minus 264.5. Our ripple center X at 62.6.
And then in our strip effect, the center X to 101. One last change to our ripple center Y is zero.
With that, we go ahead and hit play to preview our animation. And there we have our shape-shifting vertical lines inside of our mat. Can't wait to see you in the next one.
Create complex motion design in 30(ish) clicks or less