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Ease In Ease Out: Keyframe Settings

Ease In Ease Out: Keyframe Settings


Ease In Ease Out: Keyframe Settings

Ease In Ease Out:

You can change the speed of the movements between the keyframes by using the EASE IN or EASE OUT settings. If you do not do this, the movement of the objects will seem stiff, unfriendly, and robotic. Adding an EASE IN at the beginning of a keyframe, and adding an EASE OUT at the ending keyframe makes a smoother animation from start to finish.


Slow at the beginning, fast/abrupt at the end when things are moving out.


Fast/abrupt at the beginning, slow at the end when things are moving in..

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EASE OUT is usually the first keyframe. Think of it as the top of a slide. Set it at 100, the highest and smoothest movement.

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EASE IN is usually the keyframe after the EASE OUT keyframe. EASE IN is like the bottom of the slide or end of the movement. Set it at 100, the smoothest movement riding into the object’s position it moves towards.

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Play with the settings to see what the movements are like at different numbered setting at the starting and ending keyframe.

I recommend using this for all movements whenever possible. It makes the animation smoother and less stiff, unless that’s the look and feel you are going for. All styles have a purpose.

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