Creating a Wave of Ribbons

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Everybody do the Wave

In this lesson I demonstrate my preferred method of creating a wave of ribbons that can be used for many things, including motion graphics.

What You’ll Learn:

We’ll start off by creating a ribbon with a NURBs surface, which may be an object type you’ve never used before. I’ll show you how to animate the ribbon using a wave modifier. Making the animation loop perfectly is next on the list, and it makes for an interesting result that doesn’t take long to render.

Going a step further, I will demonstrate how to create a simple material and world nodes to make our render look nice and clean. The last thing we’ll talk about is how to render this animation and save it to a file.

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  • Replies: 0

    Thanks for such a great tutorial! Its my first Blender Project and it turned out great! Im surprised how easy blender is when you know the controls and functions!

    6 months ago

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    2000:

    I do exactly as you do and my ribbon does not make the same wave. All settings are the same. I made a virgin stand alone install and still the same. My ribbon will move but only just a tiny bit you can see it wave but only like a .002″ wave and not a 5″ wave like yours. What could I possibly be doing different ?

    7 months ago

    • Replies: 1

      The only thing I can think to recommend is to apply the scale to your object with Ctrl + A

      7 months ago

      • 2000:

        Appreciate the reply! That was it. Why didn’t you need to do the ctrl-A ?

        6 months ago

    • Replies: 0

      I changed the size of the ribbon in edit mode, so the scale of the object wasn’t changed.

      6 months ago

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    Hey so when I go into composting mode I don’t have the option to add a world. It say + new but only for materials. I was wondering how to access that add world feature?

    7 months ago

    • Replies: 0

      Left to the box that says “+ new” there should be a box with a picture of the world in it, between a picture of a box and a pencil.

      7 months ago

    • Replies: 4

      Make sure you’re in the world shader mode. http://imgur.com/a/uxhtU

      7 months ago

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      On the Engine? drop down make sure you have selected “Cycles Render” instead of “Blender Render” or “Blender Game”. (For me the drop down was in the info window)

      7 months ago

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    when i press 0 to view the ribbons but a dotted line in the shape of a square is bright but the rest of the view screen is darker and it is getting on my nerves thx

    8 months ago

    • Replies: 1

      Pressing 0 goes into camera view, so the square is what will be shown in the render. The darker border is telling you that those areas will not be seen when you render.

      7 months ago

      • ohh.. thank you

        7 months ago

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    how do you make the starter cube a nubs surface?

    8 months ago

    • Replies: 1

      I delete the default cube and add a nurbs surface. There isn’t a way to convert a mesh into a nurbs surface.

      8 months ago

      • thanks you helped a lot :)

        8 months ago