Three.js and Other Cool Tools for New Animators to Try

Three.js and Other Cool Tools for New Animators to Try

Did you ever see a website that looks really cool and want to make one like it? Assuming you're doing is for fun or a personal site, there is a wide range of tools that can help you achieve the exciting effects you want to emulate. If you work for an agency, you may have limited options, depending on the client's desires and your role in the site's development.

A lot of developers start with Webflow; many have a love/hate relationship with it. The free tool lets you build responsive sites as the website builder automatically generates HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. Users can build custom databases and animations easily. Other developers like React or Vue for fast development. Both frameworks have their own advantages and disadvantages.

If you like the look of a website with animated 3D computer graphics, you can make your own at Three.js. It lets you create complex animations using JavaScript that display with WebGL technology, so website visitors don't need proprietary browser plugins. GitHub hosts the source code. Other tools for creating 3D animations include PhiloGL and SceneJS.

If you want animations to trigger when a user scrolls vertically or horizontally, consider ScrollTrigger using the GreenSock Animation Platform. ScrollTrigger allows you to start your animations when a user reaches a specified spot while scrolling. You could animate a timeline, construct or deconstruct an object, and more.

If you see a website with an animated background you want to draw inspiration from, there are sites where you can find free aminated backgrounds and videos that don't require attribution for commercial projects. You can also use CSS to create amazing background effects that will engage visitors.

Drawing inspiration from another website isn't stealing, as long as you don't copy the site exactly. If you find a site that is engaging, there's a good chance others will too. For more information click here

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