Make Cycled Layer Follow a Path

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Make Cycled Layer Follow a Path

Postby shix » Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:29 pm

Hey, guys. I have a layer that's moving in place in its little cycle. I'd like it to follow a nice smooth curve across the frame. Follow path seems like the obvious solution, although I can't get it to work. I select the layer, pick the Follow Path tool, but when I click on the path, nothing happens. Am I missing something really obvious? I'd appreciate the help.
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Re: Make Cycled Layer Follow a Path

Postby Greenlaw » Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:26 pm

Is the path you wish to follow in another layer? You can't use a path that's in the same layer as the artwork.

Clicking on the path with the Follow tool will attach the layer to the path, but you still need to animate the position of the layer on the path to see it move. Go to a later frame and, with the Follow tool, drag the layer along the path to where you want it to be on the path at that frame.

Tip: The position of the origin of the layer or group affects the offset of the art from the path. Normally, you want the origin to be in the center of the artwork so you may want to move it. If it's a walking character, you probably want the origin between the character's feet.
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Re: Make Cycled Layer Follow a Path

Postby shix » Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:11 pm

Greenlaw, thanks for the reply.

The path is in a different layer and the origin point was right in the middle.

I got frustrated and made the whole thing again from scratch - it followed the path with no issues. I wish I knew what the problem was, but anyway, all's well that ends well.

Thanks again!
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Re: Make Cycled Layer Follow a Path

Postby Greenlaw » Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:17 pm

It's probably not you. For me, Follow Path works as expected most of the time but every now and then it seems to get mixed up here too, and I never know why. When it starts misbehaving like that, I usually remove the effect and start over too. (At least now I know it's not just me.) :)

Anyway, glad you got it working.
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