Flow makes it dead-easy to animate your Sketch files. You can load a single artboard, or if you’ve set things up carefully, you can choose 2 artboards and we’ll automagically create an animation between the two of them.
SKETCH RECENTLY UPDATED THEIR FILE STRUCTURES, SO FLOW 1.1+ WILL ONLY WORK WITH FILES GENERATED FROM SKETCH 52+.
We’ve got a simple file to help you get started.
This is the same file we used to generate the intro.flow file that you may have already had a look at.
The easiest way to get started is to hit
CMD+N. This creates a new project and automatically opens a drop-down so you can choose a Sketch file to animate.
intro.sketchfrom or drag it onto the drop-down,
enterto link the sketch file.
After linking a file you’ll automatically be presented with the Artboard picker window. There are two parts, the preview and the artboard selection panels.
When you’ve selected an artboard you’ll notice a second preview area, let’s leave it empty for now and…
Before you start animating, there’s a few things to note:
Start moving things around and then hit play.
If you didn’t hit play before editing on the stage you may think that Flow animated back to the beginning state. Really, though, the playhead was at the beginning of the timeline so you were editing the first frame…
If you want your edits to happen at the end of the timeline instead, simply reverse the timeline.
Let’s level up and create a 2-artboard animation.
Wham. Flow just animated everything that was different between the two artboards you chose.
Are you wondering why you see some greyed out artboards? Probably because they need a bit of HEART before they can be animated. To help you with this, check out these two articles:
If you have multiple pages in your design file you can easily switch between them by tapping on the drop-down menu at the bottom of the picker.
Now, save your file and rename your timelines.
If you happen to create a timeline by using the same artboard, you’ll notice that the timeline will be empty. This is because there’s technically no change between the start and end artboards, therefore there’s nothing to animate. ate a timeline with the same artboard 2x
Edits to your Sketch file will show up in the artboard picker. So, if you forgot to make a change, or wanted to edit something in Sketch, all you have to do is open the picker again and the artboard will be updated.
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