Tutorial: Transition between steps

The transitions between Steps are an important part of building and animating your Jig. A good transition can tell a story by itself.

The most common transitions, that the Jig Space team use, are:

  • Changing the Colour :toolbar_colour: of an object to attract an attention.
  • Labeling :toolbar_label: an Object or Sub-object with Always Always show on a Step - to clarify what part you are talking about.

  • Adding transparency - to reveal hidden parts of an object or making objects Invisible :invisible: to change the focus from one object to another.

  • Using Move :toolbar_move: and Rotate :toolbar_rotation: to help show what direction parts should move. We recommend setting up your movement transitions before adding in transparency so you can see what your doing more easily. When making your objects transparent we recommend selecting them in Object Mode :toolbar_objectmode: rather than Sub-Object Mode :toolbar_subobjectmode: as this will save you a lot of time selecting everything individually.

  • Scaling :toolbar_scale: an object to focus more attention on a specific part(s) of the Jig.

Transition between Last and First step

The transition between Last and First Step is what users usually forget about.

Because Jig gives the option to move freely back and forward, it is easy to loop and go from the last Step back to the first. And it usually dosn’t look great.

To avoid messy transitions you can copy the last Step of your Jig, and bring it to the first Step, to step through and review the transition between them. Here you can use whatever tools you need to smooth out their transition.

After you finish your updates don’t forget to replace and delete the unedited Step you copied.

These clean transitions will give your Jig a more presentable and professional look.

Be aware: based on the Jig Space team’s experience, too much movement between Steps can look a little bit messy visually. So we sometimes spread out transitions between a few Steps.