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How do tween vars relate to SVG transformations?

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New to GSAP, sorry if I'm missing something obvious, but I'm having a hard time understanding tween transformations.


Please look at the codepen. I have three squares of dimension 10 at origin (10,10). Blue has been translated x+10 then scaled to half. Red has been scaled to half, then translated x+10.


The black square I transformed using TweenMax.to() with x=10, scale=0.5 and it animates to a completely different location than the blue or red squares. I would expect it to either scale then transform, or vice versa.


How would you explain GSAP g tweening in relation to basic SVG transformations?


See the Pen GWboXJ?editors=1010 by hrvojesimic (@hrvojesimic) on CodePen

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I can understand the confusion. Two things are in play here with GSAP


1: When doing transforms on SVG elements GSAP will default to a transformOrigin of 0 0 based on the elements own coordinates. We want to to normalize SVG behavior with the more predictable behavior of normal DOM elements. SVG elements normally transform around an origin based on the parent SVG's coordinates. Notice how the blue and red boxes in your demo move up from their normal position. We would argue that is kind of strange and unexpected. Fortunately with GSAP you can choose to use svgOrigin or transformOrigin as illustrated here: http://codepen.io/GreenSock/pen/waKrNj


2: GSAP always performs transform calculations in the same order (to be predictable). So the black box is moving over 10 to the right (x) and then being scaled to its top left corner.


See this demo that hopefully illustrates the points above clearer. Notice how the blue box moves ABOVE the red box when you scale it down.



Definitely read: https://greensock.com/svg-tips to find out more about GSAP's unique strengths when dealing with SVG.


If you have more questions, let us know.

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