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Is this effect using GSAP?

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I love the animation effect on the above website, that kind of floating elements effect as you scroll. Is this using GSAP?


Having looked at the source I found that it's using it for something but not sure what, there is also a plugin called scrollMagic which could be doing this instead.


Your thoughts and any help would be appreciated.



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Yes, this is built with GSAP. Looking in the source code, they're using a very recent version of TweenMax.

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Hello niallmckenna, and welcome to the GreenSock Forum!~

ScrollMagic is a scroll management tool that uses GSAP as its main animation platform. It is made with GSAP but it is not made by GreenSock. You can find more info about it here:





ScrollMagic is pretty much used by users who want an out of the box scrolling management plugin to create Parallax Scrolling effects.


You can also find ScrollMagic tuts here:





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That effect is often referred to "parallax scrolling". Google will give you lots of results on different methods of achieving it. 

Probably worthwhile to investigate a few different ways people approach those projects just to better understand the setup and basic mechanics.


To get a grasp of the basics definitely check out Petr's tutorial: https://ihatetomatoes.net/a-simple-parallax-template-using-scrollmagic-and-greensock/


As Jonathan noted GSAP will allow you to script the animations that you want and then a library like ScrollMagic will allow you to control those animations by scrolling. 

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