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Create a moving 'waves' effect

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andynick Level 5 Level 5 (4,840 points)
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Oct 10, 2012 10:08 AM

I'm trying to work out how I can create a moving 'waves' effect - using a similar pattern to the image.

The waves should appear to come from the source circle - getting larger but fading as they grow.


Power Waves.jpg

Any help with this will be greatly appreciated.


  • fox_m Level 4 Level 4 (3,335 points)
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    Oct 10, 2012 7:08 PM (in response to andynick)

    2 Shapes: the circle and the wave shape.


    For the Wave shape:

    [I used another circle shape, went to the Shape > Geometry tab and unchecked closed; I deleted the extra point to make a half-circle, then added midpoints between the center and ends -- then deleted the ends -- makes a nice quarter circle.]


    Outline with White; Airbrush; and widen the paint stroke through the middle.


    Create an Emitter.


    Shape: Point

    Emission Angle 0

    Emission Range 0



    Add Behaviors > Particles > Scale Over Life

        Adjust the birth and death rates


        I drew the size nearest the circle and set the birth rate to 100% and the death rate to 850%


    Set the Birth Rate to .... 2

    Life to 1.4

    Speed to 0

    Speed randomness to 0

    Color Mode: Over Live

    turn down the disclosure triangle on the gradient and for the top (opacity) add a Black swatch at the end (the fade out...)

    Set the color swatch to the color of choice and pull off the other tab (you only need the one color throughout the range)


    Adjust Birth Rates, Life, Speed , etc. to taste.


    Rotate the Emitter or its Group > Properties > Z angle about 30 degrees.


    Center the emitter over the center of the circle (dot)


    Screen Shot 2012-10-10 at 9.04.33 PM.png


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