PixelPerfect #106: Celebrate Fall with Illustrator Animation

Posted in Graphics, Podcasts on December 19, 2008

Bert celebrates the fall season by creating a falling leaf animation on Illustrator

To make the animation, Bert first creates three leaves in different forms of descent by using the guide and shaping with the pen tool. Bert uses the reflect tool to create symmetry. To add animation,

Blend Option> Specified Step (10 steps) and creates from the tip of the first leaf downward,. Then taking the middle leaf, and shift click to the bottom leaf, using Object> Blend> Make to create the path.

With the pen tool, Bert adds curves within the straight line of the path, repositioning to how he'd like the animation to go.

In the layers pallet, under the pulldown layer, selecting the different layers, Bert selects the Release to Layers (Sequence) option. Then, Bert saves the file under "Save for Web & Devices," picking a SWF format (for flash) with Layers to SWF frames.

Animation is a go!

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Tags: Design, animation, Illustrator, Revision3, PixelPerfect