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3D arrows: how?
show user profile  PaulJBis
Hi all:

I'm trying to make some 3D arrows like the ones you can see at:

(Scroll down to "CNN Entertainment Weekly").

The basic principle, I suppose, is to make a loft object and animate its growth, but there are 2 things that I'm stumbling on:

1) The tip of the arrow. I guess I could create it just by varying the X-scale of the loft, but it looks kind of clumsy.
2) I can't find the way to animate the growth along the path. I'm sure there is an option for this, and I'm sure it's something completely stupid, but I just can't find it.

Does anyone have any ideas, specially for 1)? (I guess 2) is just a matter of reading throughly again the manual).

Thanks in advance,


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4/2/2008 9:07:35 AM (last edit: 4/2/2008 9:07:35 AM)
show user profile  killerbee2
look up pathdeform

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4/2/2008 9:36:32 AM (last edit: 4/2/2008 9:36:32 AM)
show user profile  toldaddy
Yeah man, path deform[wsm]:

For the arrow just make a plane with lots of segments, and tweak the tip to look like an arrow, then pathdeform.

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4/2/2008 9:50:19 AM (last edit: 4/2/2008 9:52:29 AM)
show user profile  PaulJBis
Thanks guys. It worked beautifully. I guess I was so wrapped up in the idea of using a loft object that I didn't even think of a different approach.
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4/2/2008 3:08:11 PM (last edit: 4/2/2008 3:08:11 PM)
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