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potatobag

Author        = Hildi
Skill level    = Intermediate
You need    = PIx3 or a lower version - Gif Animator
Knowledge of how to use PI
Material        = here
Terms of use = Please read

 


This little Animation will show you how to use the path-edit and warp tool to make things bounce.
Any similarity to other tutorials is unintentional.

Let's start with opening a new canvas.

Step 1
Open - New - 400 x400 - transparent.
Click on the path drawing tool  path tool  - custom - shape B27  shape  3D round.

3d round

Click on the 'Adjust material option' icon than click on Material gallery to open the EP.
Select 'Realistic' from the drop down list than T30 color - click OK.

color

Go to Bevel Settings and tick the 'smooth spine'.

Step 2
Draw the shape about 100px heigh.
With the transform tool, flip it upside down.

flip  bag

Move to the bottom.
Duplicate once..

Step 3
Open the eye and activate the first shape in the layer Manager.
Click on the path drawing tool again and than on the path-edit tool.

path-edit

Add a few nodes by clicking on the plus sign.
Distort the shape that it looks like a potato bag.
Click out of the path-edit by clicking on the pick tool.

Step 4
Open the eye and activate the second shape.
Close the eye of the first shape in the Layer Manager.
Click on the path tool again and than on the path-edit tool.
Distort this shape also, but a litte different.
Click out of the path-edit.
My shapes look like this.

path edit

Step 5
Now we are adding a top piece and a rope to the bag like this.

sack top

I used shape S51  S51  for the top.
The line & arrow tool for the rope. line and arrow

Use freehand, size 2, line and the color the same as the bag.

freehand size line

Duplicate both once.

Step 6
Highlight the first bag (just the bag).
R/click on the bag - convert from path to image.
With the warp tool  warp tool   - size 40 warp size
Push the bumps out like this.

1.bump

Deselect.

Step 7
Highlight the second bag.
R/click - convert from path to image.
Use the warp tool again to puch the bumps out.
Deselect.

Step 8
I have distorted the top parts and the rope also.
Activate the second top.
Click on the path drawing tool and than on the path-edit tool.

top pathedit

Move the bottom out a little and the right top corner a bit down and out.
Click out of the path-edit by clicking on the pick tool.
Deselect.
Repeat with the rope.

string path

Deselect.

Step 9
In the layer manager, activate the first bag, top and rope by holding down the Ctrl key.
R/click - merge as single object.
Repeat with the second bag,top and rope.

Step 10
Open the mouse I have provided or use your own image.
With the transform tool reduce the size that it fits behind the bag like this.

1.mouse

Duplicate the mouse three times.
Your Layer Manager should look like this.

layer manager

Step 11
Have the first mouse activated.

layerM1

Open the eyes of the first bag.
Close the eyes of the second bag and the three mice.
With the eraser tool  eraser tool  erase everything what is sticking out of the bag.
Open the eye of the second mouse and activate.
Open the eye of the second bag.
Closing the eye of the first mouse and bag.

2.layer manager

Move the mouse up a little.

2.mouse

Erase what is sticking out.
Repeat with the third and fourth mouse, alternating the bag.
When you are satisfied with what you have done,
Click on the bag - r/c select all.

Step 12
Go to Edit - resize - object & image - type in 150 heigh, the width will adjust itself.
You may have to sharpen - photo - sharpen and click on the one in the right upper corner.
Click OK. You have to do this with each piece.
If there is still a lot of empty space around the graphic,
Crop the image with the crop tool.
Save as ufo.

Step 13
Open the Gif Animator.
Open an existing file.

start

Step 14

1.frame

Close the eyes of all the mice and the second bag.
Duplicate frame.
Open the eye of the second bag.
Close the eye of the first bag.
Duplicate frame.

Step 15

3.frame

Open the eye of the first bag and first mouse.
Close the eyes of the second bag.
Duplicate frame.

Step 16
Open the the eye of the second mouse and second bag.
Close the eye of the first bag and first mouse.
Duplicate frame.
Open the eye of the third mouse - first bag.
Close the eye of the second mouse - second bag.
Duplicate frame.
Repeat with the fourth mouse and the second bag.
Closing the eyes of the third mouse and first bag. You should have six frames.

Step 17

storyline

In the storyline, click on the first frame.
R/click - animation properties and put in 45.
Click on the second frame - r/c animation properties - 35.
Repeat with the third, fouth and fifth frame - 20.
Repeat with the last frame - 50.
Preview the animation and if you like what you have done,
Optimize it with 128 line and matte none.

 

Hope you could follow my tut easily.

Hildi

 

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