Drawing Layer

The drawing layer's properties are organized in the following tabs:

Transformation Tab

The Transformation tab contains parameters for adjusting the position, scale, rotation, skew and pivots of an element.

Parameter

Description

Position

3D Path: Use a 3D path to position the element. A 3D path uses a single function to define the position on the X, Y and Z axes. This function is made of control points linked by a curvilinear path, making the movement follow a natural curve. The pace and ease of the movement is determined by a single velocity function.

Separate: Positions the element using separate functions for the X, Y and Z axes. This allows to control the direction and pace of the movement across all three axes separately. Unless ease is applied to the axes, the trajectory of the element will follow straight lines going between each keyframe.

Path: If the 3D Path option is selected, this field allows you to create or select the 3D Path function used to position the element.

Path (x) Axis: The position of the element on the East-West axis, in fields.

Path (y) Axis: The position of the element on the South-North axis, in fields.

Path (z) Axis: The position of the element in the Back-Front axis, in fields.

Velocity: If the 3D Path option is selected, this function is used to control the pace at which the element moves towards each control point in the 3D Path function, on all three axes simultaneously.

Scale

Locked: Uses a single scale parameter to scale the element, preserving its proportions.

Separate: Uses a separate parameter to scale the element on the X and Y axis, allowing to stretch or squash the element.

 

(x) Axis: The horizontal scale factor. The default value is 1.

(y) Axis: The vertical scale factor. The default value is 1.

Rotation

Angle z: The angle at which the element is rotated, based on the 360 degrees scale. Values below 0 or above 360 degrees will cause the rotation to cycle.

Skew

Skew: The angle at which the element is skewed. This value can range from -90 to 90 degrees.

Pivot

(x) Axis: The horizontal position of the pivot point of the element relative to the pivot point of the drawing, in fields.

(y) Axis: The vertical position of the pivot point of the element relative to the pivot point of the drawing, in fields.

NOTE: These parameters can be changed visually by clicking and dragging the pivot point when using on of the tools in the Advanced Animation toolbar.

Drawing Tab

Parameter

Description

Matte Invert Matte:  If another drawing is connected to the drawing's matte connection, that drawing will be used as a cutter on the drawing layer. If the Invert Matte option is enabled, the inverted shape of the matte drawing will be cut out of this drawing.