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Tip #1343: Change Direction During Movement
A Motion path moves an object. Snap Alignment controls which way it faces.
Normally, when you create a motion path, an object will follow that path. However, if you add a curve, sometimes you want the object to change its direction as it moves around the curve. This is similar to how a car points in a different direction as it goes around a curve. Here’s how.
- Add the element to the Layers panel that you want to move.
- Apply Behaviors > Basic Motion > Motion path.
- Double-click in the middle of the red line and drag to create a curve.
NOTE: You can adjust the shape of the curve by dragging one of the white Bezier control points.
- Select the element in the Layers panel and apply Behaviors > Basic Motion > Snap Alignment to Motion. (The default settings are fine.)
Now, as the element travels along the motion path, it will change direction as it travels around a curve.