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glowing ember

Posted on 2006-11-21
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I'd like to create the effect of an ember glowing, as if someone blew on it. I can create the end image with a radial gradient of orange and red, and I can make the beginning image black, but I'm having trouble tweening between the two.  The tween complains: Motion tweening will not occur on layers with ungrouped shapes or on layers with more than one group or symbol."    If I use a solid color as the beginning and end points the tween works ok.  I can also tween the alpha of a gradient, but the effect isn't really what I'm looking for.  Is there an easy way to create this "glowing ember" effect.

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steva
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by:Ben McNelly
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If you upload a sample or screen shot so we can see what look you are going for that would help.
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by:steva
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Ok, take a look at this: http://www.4shared.com/file/6956993/c5a65a05/glowingEmber.html

I'd like a 10 second clip where an "ember" starts out as black - on the left in the link above - takes 5 seconds to "morph"  to the "glowing" figure on the right, above, and then 5 seconds to morph back to black.

steva
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SamuelRostol earned 500 total points
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1. Create the black box.
2. Add a keyframe on the same layer, so that you have two black boxes.
3. Modify the last box so that it has the "ember glow effect".
4. Apply a Shape Tween between the two keyframes.
5. Copy the first frame to behind the last frame (so that it fades to black again)
6. Apply a new Shape Tween between the two last keyframes :)

:)

Good luck
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by:steva
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Yep, that works.  I don't know why I was stuck on doing a motion tween.

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steva
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