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Tutorials for SVG2CSS

What is this web-application used for?

The main purpose of this web-app is to help the user build complex css animations. The user can create a new keyframe or use an existing one, provide the keyframe with a property, say left or top or any other css property, a svg path indicating what should be hapenning with that particular property (refer examples below), along with the unit that the property uses and its min and max value. If the property follows a non-numerical value, the user can choose the 1's and 0's checkbox and put the String values in min and max input field. This way, if the curve is on the top, it will choose the max value and vice versa. (I will be showing a demo of 1's and 0's checkbox in the later section.)

Building your first complex animation

Using the SVG Grid

The SVG grid is like any other graph paper that you might have used while studying trigonometry (yeah, high school stuff XD ). I built the grid with the same concept in mind. The bottom-left corner of the grid is 0,0 and the grid follows till 100,100 in the positive axis and 100, -50 in the negative axis.

In terms of SVG, a user can build the SVG point at location M 0 100. Please refer the following image for the grid.

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I would suggest using the -ve section of the grid only when you need to deal with elastic properties, but other than that, please use the min and max values.

You can add multiple properties in a single keyframe. Say, like you want the ball to fall in an accelerated way, so you can use a projectile, but then you want to make the ball move towards left in a linear path without any acceletation. So you can have both top and left properties in a single keyframe.

Using the code editor

There are two code editors provided in the webapp. The first one is for the CSS. And the second one is for the HTML.

Saving Your Changes

If you would like to save your changes you can simply click on the save icon on the top, and the app will let you save the css, html, and the generated keyframes in your gists.

##Sharing a project

As of version 0.0.1 You can share your project with your friends or colleagues. All you need to do is click on the save icon to Save your files on gist. Then click on the share icon to get a sharable link. You can then share this link with anyone.

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Want to see the donkey-kong stage project, click here

##Loading a Sharared project

You just have to click on the sharable link / open it in a browser. The project is intelligent enough to get the recent shared project. You will need to click on the refresh icon to play the animation.

Demo(s)

Moving ball demo a.k.a. Projectile Demo

In this demo, the user decides to modify the default code and keyframes by making the ball move forward.

Step 1
  • Refresh / Play the animation with the refresh button.

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Step 2
  • Click on the + button in the keyframes section to view the property add section.
  • Add the SVG path for the property
  • Add the property you want to change, and its details like unit, min and max values
  • Click on the Add Property button to add the property to the keyframes

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Step 3
  • Click on the Refresh button to see the changes in animation

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Light Flicker Demo

This demo shows how you can use the 1's and 0's checkbox to build a flickering light demo.

Step 1
  • Build the demo without any animations.
  • Add the @keyframe that you want to use.

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Step 2
  • Decide how you want to apply the animation. I decided to use background property to switch on and off the light. So whenever the SVG has a 1, it will switch on the light and vice versa. I decided to apply the same SVG to box-shadow property. This way, it will show the area around the light to brighten whenever the light is on.
  • Add those properties, but also click on the refresh icon to see if you broke anything in your demo.
  • Once you have added the property, add the animation in your css.

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Step 3
  • Play around with the properties until you have what you need. I modified mine a little bit, and this is the final output.

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Here is the working demo of the tubelight on codepen.

Boring Stuff

transform Properties

In order to add any property in the keyframe, the user simply needs to add that property along with its SVG path. In order to add a transform property, the user needs to add the <transform-function> instead of the property. For example:

  • Lets say you want to add transform: rotateX() to the property list in the keyframe; what you do is, you add rotateX in property name, and add SVG path for this function.

The SVG keyframe element is intelligent enough to understand what properties are part of transform function. The <transform-function>s supported in keyframe are as follows:

CSS property you want to write Transform Function What you will write
transform: translateX() translateX() translateX
transform: translateY() translateY translateY
transform: translateZ() translateZ translateZ
transform: scale() scale scale
transform: scaleX() scaleX scaleX
transform: scaleY() scaleY scaleY
transform: scaleZ() scaleZ scaleZ
transform: rotate() rotate rotate
transform: rotateX() rotateX rotateX
transform: rotateY() rotateY rotateY
transform: rotateZ() rotateZ rotateZ
transform: skew() skew skew
transform: skewX() skewX skewX
transform: skewY() skewY skewY
transform: perspective() perspective perspective

Please Note : Even if you add multiple <transform-function>s separately, the keyframe is intelligent enough to combine them into a single transform property.

Bugs and Issues

If you think there is an bug in the webapp, please feel free to file an issue by clicking on the bug icon right next to the save icon. Similarly, you can file for new features.