SVG Animation

Created by Gareth Battensby of Parallax, SVG Animation Tools is a range of SVG animation tools in the form of a Python script. “I built the tools as a response to the frustrations you get when creating complex or long sequence SVG animations,” he says in this explanatory blog post. 

“The biggest of these being overwritten edits whenever you re-export from Illustrator. These tools completely eliminate that issue – they’re perfect for front-end developers who animate SVG graphics with GSAP or similar animation libraries.”

When it comes to building beautiful animated websites, designers and developers know all too well the perils and pitfalls of trying to animate Scalable Vector Graphics. Working with SVGs in this way can make life incredibly difficult – hand-editing SVG code is time-consuming, with all your hard work overwritten every time the artwork is updated.

To make this whole process quicker and easier, Gareth Battensby, one of our designers here at Parallax, has put together a very handy workflow containing a range of SVG Animation Tools in the form of a python script.

“SVGs are graphics like jpgs or pngs, but they’re text based,” Gareth explained. “Web browsers read the text and turn them into an image. In order to animate SVGs, you need to match references to elements within the text file. So it helps massively if you can name things how you want, rather than what Illustrator decides for you”.

I built the tools as a response to the frustrations you get when creating complex or long sequence SVG animations,” he continued. “The biggest of these being overwritten edits whenever you re-export from Illustrator. These tools completely eliminate that issue – they’re perfect for front-end developers who animate SVG graphics with GSAP or similar animation libraries.”

Does SVG support animation?

SVG supports the ability to change vector graphics over time, to create animatedeffects. SVG content can be animated in the following ways: Using SVG's animation elements [svg-animation]. SVG document fragments can describe time-based modifications to the document's elements.

What is animated web application?

Web animations are often saved as GIF, CSS, SVG, WebGL or video. They can be anything from a simple underline that appears when you hover over a word to a full-screen video or background image. As with any other design technique, animationscan be subtle or they might be in your face and hard to avoid.

How does SVG animation work?

An SVG path, for example, comes with a set of data (a d="" attribute) that defines that path's shape. ... Another advantage to SMIL over JS animations is that JSanimations don't work when the SVG is embedded as an img or used as a background-image in CSS.