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Warp Effects in Synthetik Studio Artist

Part 1; Keyframing warps to create animations By Dave Nagel
Of the multitudinous--and, yes, that is a word--creative tools in Synthetik Studio Artist, one of the least documented is its Interactive Warp features. These include the ability to create spherical bulges, spirals, ripples and a number of other warp styles. And they can also be animated, a process we'll look at today.

For those who don't know, Studio Artist (http://www.synthetik.com) is sort of a catch-all program for the visual arts. It's a paint program, animation package, image processor, morpher, etc., etc. And it doesn't skimp on any of these features. In fact, for its creative toolset, I'd put it up against any package on the market, and it would win easily.

But its very expansiveness can make it a bit daunting for many. And even those who have worked with it for years continue to find features they hadn't known about. I count myself among them. Animated interactive warping is one of these "hidden" features of Studio Artist. In fact, I'd wager that a huge percentage of Studio Artist users have never even noticed regular warping, let alone the animated variety. I myself have been trying to do something along these lines for more than a year now, only recently discovering that the capability has been built in all along.

So, in an effort to save you a year or so of trial and error, let's take a look at how it's done.

Note: For those of you who have been using Studio Artist for a long time, if you can't get this animated interactive warp procedure to work, you might have corrupted preferences, You can fix this by deleting your two or three preference files, called "SynArtPref2," "Studio Artist [version].plist" and "SArtistPref." These files are located in /users/[your name]/Library/Preferences in Mac OS X. In Mac OS 9, they're located in System Folder/Preferences. You may or may not have all of the preferences files listed above.

Here are some examples of warping a still image. (The process is the same for warping movie files.)

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