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Morph once, wait a couple of seconds, then morph back to the original SVG path?

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Hi and welcome to the GreenSock forums.


The tricky thing here is that once you morph the circle it is no longer a circle shape, its a hippo shape.
What I would suggest is that you store a reference to the path data that makes the circle (before it ever gets morphed)
Please look at this example
// convert the <circle> to a path
var circle = MorphSVGPlugin.convertToPath("#circle")[0];
// grab all the path data from the circle
var circlePath = circle.getAttribute("d");
var tl = new TimelineLite();
tl.to(circle, 1, {morphSVG:"#hippo"})
  .to(circle, 1, {morphSVG:circlePath});
here is another example where the hippo morphs into a bunch of other animals and then back to the hippo shape using a similar technique
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Hi Greencat,


Just wanted to update you on a new solution for this problem.

Whenever you morph a path we now save the original path data on a data-original attribute of that path so that MorphSVGPlugin can grab it later.


<path id="circle"  d="M409.6,198.066l26.833,54.369l60,8.719l-43.417,42.321l10.249,59.758L409.6,335.019
l-53.666,28.214l10.249-59.758l-43.417-42.321l60-8.719L409.6,198.066z" data-original="M490.1,280.649c0,44.459-36.041,80.5-80.5,80.5s-80.5-36.041-80.5-80.5s36.041-80.5,80.5-80.5


So taking an example above of morphing a circle into a few animals and then back to a circle, you no longer have to save a reference to the original circle shape yourself (as I previously recommended) you can just do


tl.to(circle, 1, {morphSVG:"#elephant"}, "+=1")
  .to(circle, 1, {morphSVG:circle}, "+=1");
This feature is implemented in version 0.5.0 which you can download now and the "CodePen Safe" version that we use in all of our demos.
Special thanks to Elliot Geno for the suggestion.


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Love that new feature Carl !! :)

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