I am trying to get an animation effect of a ball moving under a blanket with some resistance or a round object protuding out of a flat surface. Below is what I've been able to do so far and what I want to achieve. For now I've used a different colour for the ball to make things a more visible.

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  • You can create animations in Illustrator?
    – KSPR
    Feb 2 '16 at 9:28
  • @KSPR No, I will use flash for the animation. I am mainly interested in the missing images that would give the effect of an animation transition. Feb 2 '16 at 9:39
  • I think you are trying to create something like this, If so, please let me know, then I will create an answer for this. dropbox.com/s/epeuf54kqsueezq/Untitled-1.gif?dl=0
    – Rishab
    Feb 2 '16 at 11:39

I hope I'm understanding your question correctly. Here's a video of what I would do.


  • Create a shape that simulates material drooping over the ball using the pen tool:
  • Click on the top edge of the blanket shape and pull a handle out horizontally to the right
  • click on a point halfway up the ball enter image description here
  • finish the shape, making sure it overlaps the ball enter image description here
  • Copy the shape and transform > reflect (vertically)
  • Position these shapes to merge seamlessly with the edge of the ball enter image description here
  • Merge the shapes using the pathfinder tool enter image description here
  • Use that shape as a symbol in front of the blanket. As it's the same colour as the blanket, viewer won't be able to distinguish it as a separate shape. It will appear as though the blanket is being distorted.
  • in case that dropbox link disappears in the future, could you write down how to create the shape?
    – Luciano
    Feb 2 '16 at 10:40
  • Have added screenshots of the video
    – twigsta
    Feb 2 '16 at 11:22
  • You know reflect is available as a tool so you dont need to rearange it as you can reflect around the center of the sphere
    – joojaa
    Feb 2 '16 at 11:31
  • Yes, that would have been more precise.
    – twigsta
    Feb 2 '16 at 11:46

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