Animation Node Types

The Animation nodes are unique in that they allow you to create changing parameters of your materials.

When you add an Animation node to your material, it will automatically be added to the animation timeline as well.

You can select the node and change the settings in the animation properties window.

For more details about Animations, see the Working with Animations page.

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Color Fade Animation

The Color Fade animation node allows you to create changing parameters of any of your custom material color swatches.

Color Bar

Here you can set when and what colors will fade from one to the the next. Click on the dropper circle to select it, then use the color swatch to choose a color.

The little triangles shows where the 2 colors are mixed 50-50 and they can be dragged to control the course of the blend.

Add Color Stop
If you would like to fade between more than 2 colors, click on the Add stop button below the color bar to create another color swatch. click and drag the color pins and the gradient apex slider to your desired animation effect.

Delete Stop
If you want to remove a color stop, just select it and click delete.

Time
To control the color change more precisely than by dragging the individual color stops on the timeline (color bar), you can select a color enter in where in the timeline it will become the selected color.

Blend
Check Blend if you want the colors blend into each other otherwise the color change will be instant, at the point of the color stop.

Time Settings

Use these settings to control the timing and duration of the animation - see the Motion Ease types here.



Number Fade Animation

The Number Fade animation node allows you to create changing parameters of any of your numerical properties within your custom material.

To see the which parameters you can change for a specific node, connect the Number Fade animation node to the + socket.

From
Enter the numerical value you would like the animation to start at. use the sliders, or type in a specific value.

To
Enter the numerical value you would like the animation to end at. use the sliders, or type in a specific value.

Where the parameter originally is set you will now see the Animation node icon and the original value input will be disabled.

Time Settings

Use these settings to control the timing and duration of the animation - see the Motion Ease types here.

Note

When a Number Fade node is connected to a parameter with a unit, then the From and To values always are interpreted as meters.
For example, to animate the Transparency Distance of a Liquid material from 10 mm to 100 mm, a Number Fade should be used with values 0.01 and 0.1 for From and To respectively.