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Progressive animated lines & strokes drawing in SVG

Raistlin test
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I would like to ask for your help, support and advices regarding how to create progressive animated lines & strokes drawing

in GSAP using SVG.

Does anyone would have any idea how to start or what how to do such animation?

Many thanks,


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Hi Raistlin  :)


celli has posted some good links so you can learn the basics of the DrawSVG plugin.


I looked at the link you posted and I see some segments of the animated stroke go behind the man in the photo while others animate in front of him. If you're asking how to accomplish that effect, the short answer is masking part of the path.


For a more detailed explanation of the process, I just added a new post to the SVG Gotchas topic which has a write-up about how to approach that type of animation. You can read it here:



Here's a direct link to the CodePen I made for that post which shows an animated stroke going around the subject of a photo.


See the Pen ZWEqdK by PointC (@PointC) on CodePen


Hopefully that helps a bit.

Happy tweening.


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