User Guide > Effects > Animating an Effect Over Time

Animating an Effect Over Time

In Animate, to animate an effect over time, create a function curve by adding keyframes to the parameters you want to animate. To do this, you will use the Layer Properties view and the Timeline view. You can fine tune your animation using the Function view.

To animate an effect over time:

1. In the Timeline view, add the effect and connect the layers to it. See Adding Effects Through the Timeline View .

2. Select the Effect layer.

3. To create the function curve:
In the Layer Properties view, click on the Function button you want to animate to create a function curve.


You can also expand the effect layer's parameters in the Timeline view by clicking on the Expand Function button and add a keyframe using the [F6] key to the parameter you want to animate.

4. In the Timeline view, click on the Show Data View button.
5. In the Timeline view, go to the frame where you want to start animating the effect.

6. In the Data view, click on the Add Keyframe button.

7. In the Value field scroll to the keyframe value or type the value in the field.

If your keyframes are stop-motion keyframes, in the Timeline view, select the new keyframes. Right-click on the selection and select Set Motion Keyframe.
8. Repeat this process for each keyframe to be added.
Refer to the Previewing and Playing Back Effects to learn how to preview animated effects.