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How do I pin an object with the wave warp effect onto another without it bouncing up and down the second object?

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Oct 17, 2018

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For instance, I'm trying to create a realistic flagpole animation, but the flag itself with the wave warp effect keeps going up and down the pole. How do I fix this?

What's happening here is that Wave Warp's 'pinning' feature is pinning the edge of the layer - not the flag object. Shape layers have an unusual set up - the shape layer is actually filling the comp space - even though your flag is just a rectangle in the middle. This means the 'left pinning' is having an effect on the left of the composition frame - away from your flag.

Here's how to fix it:

Move your flag rectangle to the extreme left side of the frame - so the left side of your flag sits just inside it.

Set Wave Warp pinning to left.

Now Pre-compose that layer : Layer > precompose.

Now move that precomposed layer back into the position by your flag pole.

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How do I pin an object with the wave warp effect onto another without it bouncing up and down the second object?

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For instance, I'm trying to create a realistic flagpole animation, but the flag itself with the wave warp effect keeps going up and down the pole. How do I fix this?

What's happening here is that Wave Warp's 'pinning' feature is pinning the edge of the layer - not the flag object. Shape layers have an unusual set up - the shape layer is actually filling the comp space - even though your flag is just a rectangle in the middle. This means the 'left pinning' is having an effect on the left of the composition frame - away from your flag.

Here's how to fix it:

Move your flag rectangle to the extreme left side of the frame - so the left side of your flag sits just inside it.

Set Wave Warp pinning to left.

Now Pre-compose that layer : Layer > precompose.

Now move that precomposed layer back into the position by your flag pole.

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Depending on the arrangement you maybe able to simply use one of the 'pinning' settings in the Wave Warp Effect itself. eg: pin : left.

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I tried that, but it still doesn't seem to be working.

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I would not use WaveWarp. If you are going to use Wave Warp then it's all going to have to figure out how to deal with the edges, probably add a mask, and all of the ripples will be the same. That's a long way from realistic.

There are other options. Probably the easiest is Turbulent Displace, animate the evolution, Pin Left (or right) Locked and make a couple of adjustments.

You can achieve an even more realistic effect using Displacement Map + Gradient Map + a second layered gradient. There are a lot of options.

It's very hard to see where your problem lies if you don't include a screenshot with the modified properties of the layers that are giving you problems revealed. Press the U key twice, PrintScreen, then paste to the forum or just drag in a screenshot. We don't have much to go on.

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Here is a screenshot and gif to give some context:

flag project example.png

Flag Example.gif

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When you pin the left edge the very left edge of the layer does not move. Your flag outline must start right at the left edge of the layer and cannot extend to the top or bottom of the layer or the waves will get clipped. Shape layer's default to the comp size. Start drawing your rectangle right at the left edge of the frame, apply Wave Warp, precompose, then move the rectangle into position. EZ as that.

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What's happening here is that Wave Warp's 'pinning' feature is pinning the edge of the layer - not the flag object. Shape layers have an unusual set up - the shape layer is actually filling the comp space - even though your flag is just a rectangle in the middle. This means the 'left pinning' is having an effect on the left of the composition frame - away from your flag.

Here's how to fix it:

Move your flag rectangle to the extreme left side of the frame - so the left side of your flag sits just inside it.

Set Wave Warp pinning to left.

Now Pre-compose that layer : Layer > precompose.

Now move that precomposed layer back into the position by your flag pole.

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Thanks, that solved it.

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Thank you! Worked for me.

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