Common Attributes (Shapes)

Each Shape element in Cavalry includes the following common attributes.
Shape
Fill
Stroke
Masks
Shape

Position - set the Shape's position. 0,0 is in the centre of your comp.

Rotation - set the Shape's rotation. (in degrees).

Scale - set the Shape's scale.

Pivot - define the pivot point for the shape. This is useful when animating rotation and scale.

Opacity - set the Shape's opacity.

Blend Mode - set the blend mode.

Deformers - a list of connected Deformers.

Filters - a list of connected Filters.

Motion Blur - enable motion blur.

Fill

Fill - enable/disable the fill.

Color - set your color using hex or rgb values (note - only rgb values can be animated).

Shaders - a list of connected Shaders.

Alpha - a master control for the opacity/ alpha of your entire shader network.

Stroke

Stroke - enable/disable the stroke.

Color - set your color using hex or rgb values (note - only rgb values can be animated).

Shaders - a list of connected Shaders.

Alpha - a master control for the opacity/ alpha of your entire shader network.

Width - set the width of the stroke.

Cap Style - set the appearance of caps (each end of the stroke) on open paths.

  • Flat - a flat end that terminates at the end point.

  • Round - a hemispherical end with the end point at its centre.

  • Projecting - a flat end that projects half the Width beyond the end point.

Join Style - set the appearance of joints.

  • Miter - sharp corners.

  • Round - rounded corners.

  • Bevel - beveled/ chamfered corners.

Miter Limit - sets the limit at which a sharp corner is drawn beveled.

Dash Pattern - enter a number sequence separated by commas.

Entering 2 will autocomplete to 2, 2 for Dash = 2, Gap = 2. Entering 2, 3, 4 will create a pattern of Dash = 2, Gap = 3, Dash = 4, Gap = 2, Dash = 3, Gap = 4...

Dash Offset - offset the Dash Pattern along the path.

Align - align the stroke along the path.

  • Center - align the stroke along the center of the path.

  • Inner - align the stroke along the inside of the path.

  • Outer - align the stroke along the outside of the path.

Open paths only support Center alignment. Where multiple contours appear in a single Path, any open contours will be set to Center regardless of the Align setting.

If you have Align set to Inner or Outer and Trim enabled, closed paths will be given a Cap Style of Flat regardless over their setting. Where multiple contours exist in one Shape, any open paths will respect the Cap Style setting.

Trim - when enabled the controls below are available.

Start - set the percentage along the Shape the Stroke will start.

End - set the percentage along the Shape the Stroke will end.

Travel - move the Stroke around the Shape.

Reverse Path - reverse the direction of the Stroke.

Masks

Masks - connect Shapes as clipping masks.

List UI options.

  • Visibility - enable/disable the Mask.

  • Boolean options:

    • Union - combines the shape.

    • Subtract - clips the shape.

    • Intersect - clips everything outside the shape.

Clipping Mode - set the anti-aliasing quality for the clipping shapes.

  • Best - high quality anti-aliasing.

  • Normal (default) - anti-aliasing.

  • Fast - no anti-aliasing.

When you connect a Shape as a mask it will be automatically switched to 'wireframe' mode. To turn this off, right click on a Shape in either the Project Window or the Attribute Editor and uncheck Wireframe.

When using a Composition as a Mask ensure that the Composition's Background Alpha is set to 0 if you do not want the Composition bounds to be included in the Mask.

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