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Inside the Studio Artist Paint Synthesizer, Part 2

More about Time Particles By Dave Nagel
Last time around in Studio Artist, we looked at some of the basics of creating and using a feature called "Time Particles." Time Particles are, in essence, self-animating brush strokes. They can be used to create paint daubs that float around the canvas, images that break apart or come together over time or just about anything else you'd like to do given a boundless creative environment in which any kind of paint stroke can have motion applied to it.

If you haven't already, I'd suggest you go back and read the first part of this article, which can be found here. (My DMN subscribers can find the ad-free version here.) Also, if you don't have your own copy of Studio Artist, you can follow along using the demo, available at http://www.synthetik.com.

Where we left off: Path Type and Path Angle
Today we'll finish up on the options available for Time Particles and wrap it up with a summary and reference guide for all of the options, which appears in a separate article here. (We'll be doing this for additional Paint Synthesizer parameters as well in future installments and hopefully develop a comprehensive "Quick Reference" guide to the Paint Synthesizer from there.)

We left off about halfway down the list of options available for Time Particles, finishing off with the Path Diverge option. So now we move on to "Path Type."

Path Type defines the basic motion of the Time Particles in an animation. All of the available options are fairly straightforward. "Line" causes the particles to go in a straight line. The other options include "Curved," "Circle," "Spiral," "Ellipse," "Spiral Ellipse," "Triangle" and "2Stroke Line." Of these, only the last needs comment.

The difference between the "2Stroke Line" and "Line" settings seems to be that the "2Stroke Line" causes particles to take a sudden hairpin turn on their trajectories--sometimes. The examples below show exactly the same strokes using "Line" and "2Stroke Line" settings. (Both examples use the same settings aside from Path Type.)

The "Line" setting. (Click Play to watch.)

The "2Stroke Line" setting. (Click Play to watch.)

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