Light rays

 

The purpose is to create a lightray effect on a text. To make simpler, we 'll take the 'i' character which produces an outstanding effect due to the dot.
The effects used are Shape, color gradients ( linear and radial ), Move, Fade In and Out.
The different stages gonna be described now.
( For convenience, think about hiding object with a click on the eye icon in the 'Outline' tree)

Remark: To minimize the filesize of images, the color gradients you'll see in this page are not the true ones.

⇒ see animation ⇐

Creating a text and a mask

1 - Set up width, height, background color for the movie.

dimensions

couleur de fond

2 - Click Insert Text. Enter 'i'.
Select a font so that the dot above 'i' is round. ( Century Gothic for instance ).
Size 72 , italic , bold ( buttons I et B ). Take White for the color.

lettre i

Eventually, move the handles to enlarge. At this stage, the tab Shape has not yet replaced the tab Text.

onglet Transform

3 - Click in the Menus bar Modify / Grouping / Group as Shape. In tab Shape, replace Merged Shape with 'i'. Enter the data as mentioned underneath.

Shape

4 - Right now we 'll create a mask over the dot to get a spot effect. Click button Ellipse
Draw a circle over the dot of 'i' in the graphic zone. Enter the data as mentioned underneath. (same color as background)

Shape

5 - Click button Send to Back from the buttons bar. The mask stays at the bottom of the 'Outline' tree. In 'Timeline', click Frame 0 from row idot_mask, then 'AddEffect', then 'Place'. Keep the default values.

Creating a light effect at the right side of the dot

The process is as following :
     - first we draw a rectangle on the right side of the dot. (tool Rectangle)
     - then we convert it in a trapeze. ( tool Reshape )
     - We set up a linear gradient color.
     - In 'Timeline', we add a Fade Out effect.

1 - Click Rectangle. Draw a rectangle at the right side of 'i'.

2 - Click Reshape. Move some handles to get the trapeze ABCD.

3 - Click button Send to Back

TopRight

A this stage, there is no gradient effect, the limits are those of the trapeze

4 - In tab 'Transform', select 'Center' X,Y coordinates are related to the center.

Transform

5 - In tab 'Shape'   Name : i_rayTRight   Line : None.   Fill : Linear gradient   Colors unchanged.

Shape

6 - In 'Timeline', click Frame 5 in row i_rayTRight, then 'AddEffect', then 'Fade Out' with 5 'Frames'. Change the tab 'Motion' as shown.

Motion

At last, test the effect by clicking FX or frame by frame by clicking 5 in the graduated rule in 'Timeline', then button Avance, puis l'onglet 'Start at'.

Start at

You must note that the trapeze starts to 10% of its initial color, then fades out as it moves.

3 - Creating a light effect at the right side of the 'i' bar

Do the same as I just have explained. The following images 'll show you how to.

iraybright    shape    transform

In 'Timeline', click Frame 5 in row i_rayBRight, then 'AddEffect', then 'Fade Out' with 5 'Frames'. Keep the default values.

Creating a light effect at the left side of the dot

Do the same as I just have explained. The following images 'll show you how to.

iraytleft

shape    transform

In Fade Out properties, keep the other default values.

motion

Creating a light effect at the left side of the 'i' bar

Do the same as previously mentioned. The following images 'll show you how to.

iraybleft

shape    transform

In 'Timeline', click Frame 5 in row i_rayBLeft, then 'AddEffect', then 'Fade Out' with 'Frames' = 5. Keep the default values.

6 - Creating a big spot in the middle of 'i'

1 - First we draw a circle. Click button Ellipse
Draw a circle as shown in image, then set up a radial gradient color.

Spot sur i    Shape    Transform

2 - In 'Timeline', click Frame 5 in row Ellipse, then 'AddEffect', then 'Fade Out' with 'Frames' = 5. Keep the default values.

7 - Creating a light centered on the dot

1 - We draw a circle to set up a light. Click button Ellipse
Draw a circle with diameter 2.5 times bigger, then set up a radial gradient color. Select the same color for 'Line' as the gradient one

Line Color

Lumière sur point i    Shape    Transform

2 - In 'Timeline', click Frame 5 in row Light, then 'AddEffect', then 'Place'. Keep the default values.

3 - Click Frame 6, then 'AddEffect', then 'Move'. Enter the values mentioned then test.
Light gonna get transparent (Alpha 0%) White color (Color 100%)

Transform

8 - Creating a brilliant cross in the middle of the 'i'

The process is as following :
     - first we create a flat horizontal ellipse centered on the dot. ( tool Ellipse )
     - then we set up a radial gradient color.
     - We make a copy of the ellipse.
     - We rotate it by 90°.
     - We group the 2 objects.
     - In 'Timeline', we add an effect to the group.
Result

Croix

1 - Click button Ellipse. Draw a flat horizontal ellipse, then set up a radial gradient color.

Ellipse horizontale

Shape      Transform

2 - Copy and paste the ellipse hitting CTRL C, then CTRL V. Click button Rotate. Move the mouse cursor on the right handle of the ellipse.
(The cursor changes in an inclined arrow and a circular arrow)
Maintaining in down state the left mouse button, rotate by 90° the second ellipse so it stands vertical.

3 - In 'Outline', Maintaining in down state the left mouse button, select the 2 ellipses ( names are now highlighted ).
Hit CTRL G or menu Modify / Grouping / Group. In tab Group in the right zone, name that group 'Star'.

Group

4 - In 'Timeline', click Frame 5 in row Star, then 'AddEffect', then 'Place' (Frame 1).
This group is about 50% of its initial size, transparent ( Alpha 0%) and 100% of the mentioned color.

Place(1)

5 - In 'Timeline', click Frame 6 in row Star, then 'AddEffect', then 'Move' (Frames=3).
Enter the values mentioned, in tab Motion. The group gonna recover its initial size, opacity ( Alpha 100%) and 100% of the mentioned color. Besides, it turns by 90° from its initial place.

6 - To finish, click Frame 10 in row Star, then 'AddEffect', then 'Remove'.

Move(3)

Conclusion.

If all has been well done, you should have in 'Outline' and 'Timeline'.

I Outline      I Timeline

Now you can test the movie : menu File/Test/ in Player, then export in an HTML file hitting CTRL P. Don't forget to save your work hitting CTRL S..

 


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