I quickly discovered that there is not too much on the topic out on the internet and the area that can be covered is huge. I will try and break it down into small and easy to follow sections and make a several tutorials on different aspects of visual effects that can easily be created using Inkscape.
Let’s start with motion trails/ light trails. They display the path the object is moving and help create the illusion of movement and direction in still images. In animations it’s often used to exaggerate or define the character of a fast movement.
In this tutorial I will use two shapes to show the motion: a triangle shape for straight movements and a curved, modified version of it for spins and swings.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did writing again – even if the topic turned out a lot tougher to break down than I expected when foolishly agreeing to cover it. 🙂