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Animating Images - When one goes behind another, it disappears

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Hey guys,


I am trying to animate some photos but when one goes behind the other (as soon as the edges touch) it disappears. Any thoughts on this?


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Hi and welcome to the forums.
The issue has to do with the not too easy understanding of the stacking order given by the z-imdex property, I remember having quite a hard time getting along with it.
The thing is that your element resides inside a container, which is a DOM element. This container doesn't have a defined z-index value, therefore is given an auto one, even if it doesn't have a position property defined (relative, fixed, absolute, etc), I know, what a nightmare. According to the specification in this case a 0 value is given and since the element being animated has a negative value it gets behind the container. You can check this if you comment out the background property of the container.


The solution is to tween your element's z-index to a smaller value than the others but not negative:

window.onload = function(){
    var red = document.getElementById("s1");
    var yellow = document.getElementById("s2");
    var lightblue = document.getElementById("s3");
    var lineblue = document.getElementById("s4");
    var grey = document.getElementById("s5");
    TweenMax.to(red, 2, {rotationY:360, zIndex:2});
    TweenMax.to(yellow, 2, {x: -75, zIndex:1});

Like that the yellow shirt gets behind the red one as the tween progresses and it doesn't suddenly disappear.


In order to know a little more about the z-index property read the following:





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That totally makes sense. I didnt even consider the containing divs z index. Cheers!

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