help with particles and parenting

(nemesis) #1

I’m doing a pencil and paper, and the pencil writes a message on the paper. The say I do this is doing my message with curves, and then a dot following the curve, and this dot leaves particles to write the message. My question is, can I parent the tip of the pencip to the dot so I won’t have to manually make the pencil move? And then after manually moving it to the next dot in between words, and parenting it again? Thanks for the replies

(theeth) #2

you cannot switch parent in an animation. You could use an instance copy of the pencil, however.


(nemesis) #3

what is an instance copy? And I got another question. With my curve, how do I make the animation (particles) go at lets say 100 frames and not the first one?

(banana_sock) #4

are you talking about getting the particle emitter to start emitting particles at frame 100? You need to adjust the sta: value under the animation setup. Change it to 100 and it will start at frame 100.

(theeth) #5

instance copies: Alt-D. they share the same internal data

to make the curve start on frame 100, edit the Curve IPO.


(nemesis) #6

Got it working, thanks for the help