Flash - Best way to animate growing vine

Posted on 2007-08-06
Last Modified: 2013-11-05
Please could someone advise me as the best way to go about making the following image look like its growing? I've split each colour into layers and was planning to use the brush in Flash to hide a little bit of each vine so when it animates it looks likes it's growing but I'm not sure if this is best way. thanks
Question by:signpost2
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    It is difficult to give advice on what looks good, but personally I like the way its done on
    "The Unseen Video"

    Perhaps this could be an inspiration on how to do it.

    ~ Jakob E
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    The method you've suggested yourself sounds highly reasonable, and is a technique i've done myself. One thing to think about is how quickly you want the vine to grow. If you're doing it by hand with a brush you need to be careful not to make the vine look like it's growing in sporadic jumps.

    A way around this would be to separate it even more into not just your four colours but also into the shoots.
    1. use a mask to animate the main trunk of the tree - and program the mask by using an object on the timeline which is moved by a motion tween.
    2. seperately do the twirly shoots - these would look really nice if they sprouted a little after the main trunk so that they burst out in a "plant like way".

    I bet it'll look really good.

    Author Comment

    Jakob - The flash on that site is great, don't think mine will turn out like that!!!

    najh - I can see how your way would work and look good, you're right about it not looking sparadic when it moves. Will take your thoughts on board.

    Thanks both.

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