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  • Jon Okerstrom

    April 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Hi Josh,

    the simplest way is tofind the Adobe Illustrator format document called edge profiles. It should be in a folder called custom edges. Open that doc, create a new layer and label it. Restart the app, then it should show up in your custom edges list.

    Does this help?

    Jon

  • Jon Okerstrom

    March 2, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Another good clue, Alain.

    Try assigning the elements to separate pivot points, offset slightly. That’s how a real book would work – each page has its own natural location on the binding. They all pivot on slightly different hinges.

    Jon

  • Jon Okerstrom

    March 2, 2009 at 2:46 am

    Hi Alain,

    Your last post may hold the key to the problem… and the solution. When objects collide in Invigorator, they don’t deflect, they occupy the same space and essentially overlap.

    Without having CS4 (yet), it would seem that you need to do some work with the pivot points of your sets to minimize the unintended consequences of having pages intersect when they move. The simplest way is to assign a small cube to an empty set. This cube becomes the pivot point for the set. Now, add the page to the set and position it so the cube is essentially the point where the page attaches to the binding. At this point, you can turn off visibility of the cube or remove it. The pivot point is set. Doing this for each of your pages gives you very precise control over how they move.

    Does this help?

    Jon

  • Jon Okerstrom

    February 28, 2009 at 4:02 am

    Great. You can actually go beyond the sliders in some other ways too… really getting extremely smooth surfaces, for example, by typing in a very small number on that slider.

    Jon

  • Jon Okerstrom

    February 27, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Sure.

    Send it to jokerstrom1 (at) mac.com

    Jon

  • Jon Okerstrom

    February 27, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Let’s start with this tutorial in the COW library:

    https://library.creativecow.net/articles/okerstrom_jon/layercycle.php

    Jon

  • Jon Okerstrom

    February 27, 2009 at 2:58 am

    Hi Michael,

    You didn’t say whether you’re using ProAnimator or Invigorator… regardless, yes you can.

    To start, you need to create a new material in the material editor. From there, the simplest way is to double click on the large thumbnail box just above and to the right of the highlight sharpness slider. That will open a window from which you navigate to and select your movie. Now, drag that material onto the primitive. If it’s a sphere, you can only use one material. If you’re using a cube, you can apply different materials to different faces.

    If you’re using one of the apps inside of After Effects, you can also use the layer mapping technique to give you more control over the movie. That involves importing the movie into your AE project and assigning the layer or precomp where it lives to become a layer map, which you can assign to a material, which can be applied to the object.

    Does this help?

    Jon

    Jon

  • Jon Okerstrom

    February 27, 2009 at 2:46 am

    Hi Alain,

    Assuming the page profiles are identical in Illustrator, they should remain identical in your book. One possibility: If you’re using a really wide angle lens in Invigorator, this could make the page that’s farther from the camera appear to be narrower than the one closer to it.

    Jon

  • Jon Okerstrom

    February 27, 2009 at 2:43 am

    Hi John,

    You can make it look like your sold 3D shapes are bending by using layer cycling. Essentially you set up an Illustrator document as a sequence of layers and use the blend tool to create “tweens” between the normal rectangle and the bent version. Put each of the tweens on its own layer. Choose layer cycling when you import the multi-layered Illustrator file into Invigorator.

    Essentially what you’re doing is creating a flip book that Invigorator uses to build a sequence of slightly different objects. You can control the playback parameters in Invigorator’s controls, to make the morphing effect cycle through in a variety of ways.

    Does this help?

    Jon

  • Jon Okerstrom

    January 6, 2009 at 4:00 am

    Hi Mike,

    This helps.

    Any jpg image you put into Illustrator can only be used as a template for the logo you must then create. Simply removing the white around it by creating a mask object is not enough. Instead, you’ll need to use the illustrator pen tool (or others) to draw each element of the logo.

    Think of it this way:

    Create a new layer, draw the basic background shape as a filled solid (with no stroke.

    Create a second new layer where you’ll draw one or more of the other shapes. Any elements you put on the same layer will move together.

    You can use Illustrator Text for the logo but you’ll need to convert it to outlines for Invigorator to read it.

    Create as many new layers as you need to construct the logo.

    Again, the jpg part won’t do anything when you import the file into Invigorator… though you CAN later apply the image to the face of the 3D object. That’s another story.

    Does this help?

    Jon

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