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difference between Leader / Follower vs Magnet

Explorer ,
Feb 25, 2023 Feb 25, 2023

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I need help understanding the difference between "Leader & Follower" vs "Magnet" behavior. Because I can imagine either one being used if I want to have a game enemy follow my character automatically. 

 

Scenario  -  if I have a character move by movement of my mouse dragging on the screen, can the 'enemy' or a secondary independent shape move automatically and follow my character around, using either the "leader & follower" or "magnet"?

 

Thanks in advance for any clarification.

 

 

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Adobe Employee , Feb 26, 2023 Feb 26, 2023

"Leader/Follower" is a rigging component to define the exact attachment of one layer to another. In many other animation tools, this is called a "parent constraint" which is powerful for connecting pieces not in the parent-child relations in the layer hierarchy. Other than for Auto-Swap to drive multiple body layers, here are examples:

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Explorer ,
Feb 25, 2023 Feb 25, 2023

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I am watching the Preview "Auto-Swap" tutorial and also the Magnet tutorial, and it feels like magnet is the one I want, I just don't know what are the pros and cons of using leader/follower vs magnet.

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"Leader/Follower" is a rigging component to define the exact attachment of one layer to another. In many other animation tools, this is called a "parent constraint" which is powerful for connecting pieces not in the parent-child relations in the layer hierarchy. Other than for Auto-Swap to drive multiple body layers, here are examples:

 

"Magnet" is more of a physics-like animation system. Differences between "Magnet" and "Leader/Follower":

  • Magnets only trigger when two or more magnets come close to some threshold during animations
  • Magnets attach to any other magnets coming close - no control over which ones to trigger or not
  • Magnets have the strength control to soften the effect

Heather on the home screen holding an orb is a good example to try out.

 

As for your use case, while I feel neither Leader/Follower nor Magnet is good to make one character follow another, there may be creative ways to make use of them for your purpose.

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Thank you, much clearer now.

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