LATEST Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January IN DEMAND Zagreb are said to be ready to sell Olmo should they receive a bid upwards of £8m, which will not put Milan off.Meanwhile, Liverpool have also been monitoring the Spain-born winger since he established himself as a first-team regular at Zagreb.And Calciomercato have claimed that Liverpool would be Olmo’s preferred option should he be given the choice.Now it has been suggested that the Merseyside club could make their move as early as January to ensure the likes of AC Milan don’t nip in to complete a deal first. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM Latest Transfer News Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 1 moving on RANKED Olmo has been impressing in the Croatian top flight targets targets AC Milan are keen on Liverpool target Dani Olmo – but the Dinamo Zagreb star would favour a move to Merseyside.According to reports in Italy, the San Siro giants have set their sights on the 20-year-old, who has been impressing in the Croatian top flight.
…to this day I still cringe when someone refers to me as a widow.The first few days following my husband passing are still very much a blur. I can remember the flight home, the loneliness that consumed me, and the reality that slowly began to sink in. I was used to not having my service member home, however knowing I would never hear his voice, feel his touch, or have him hold me was almost too much for my mind to comprehend.There was so much to do, and I was extremely overwhelmed. I had plenty of friends and family around me but I still felt very alone. There was so much to do and I was not quite sure where to start. My mind raced. My heart pounded. With every new thought I was once again reminded that I was alone.No one could have prepared me for the transitional process, or the journey I was about to embark on. I felt separated from those around me. I was no longer part of the “active duty” family that I had known for so long, yet I did not quiet feel as though I fit in with the civilian world either. I felt like an imposter in many ways, simply because I didn’t know what to feel or where I fit in.My military friends were beginning to welcome their service member’s home, and I was in the beginning processes of “clearing housing.” I didn’t want to be treated differently and to this day I still cringe when someone refers to me as a “widow.” My entire world and everything in it was different.Things moved so quickly that there was no time for me to even process what was going on around me. Before I knew it, I was packing up our household goods and placing our entire life in boxes. I was once again saying goodbye to something that I could never get back. The last home Steve and I shared together would soon be occupied by another family trying to make their way in the uncertain world of the military life–I was to begin mine alone without him.Grieving for what is LostFor the military spouse, packing up and moving regularly is part of the military culture. However for a military spouse whose service member has passed away, the familiarity of packing up household goods, and clearing quarters quickly becomes unfamiliar territory.Typically speaking, when a loved one passes away we are able to choose a little more freely the rate at which we will go through the grieving process. We are able to reminisce with friends and family as we rummage through our memories, shared experiences, and material belongings or we have the ability to say, “I don’t feel up to this right now.”When a Service Member passes away however, the entire process seems to be expedited. Quickly quarters are to be cleared, a new home must be found, and papers must be signed. I remember feeling angry. I felt robbed of the ability to have any time to process what was going on around me, and it was the one time I wanted someone to understand and realize what it was they were asking me to do…I was a widow.The transitional process that a military family will go through after their service member passes is different in many aspects than that of a civilian. Getting “stuck” in the grieving process is highly possible, especially for those families who never have the opportunity such as I, to be with their loved one during their final hours.I am so grateful for the many wonderful people who were there during my time of darkness, and there are no words to describe the gratitude I have for those individuals. I realize I am blessed in many ways to have had the opportunities that I did, however I feel as though the need to take a closer look at the transitional process for the wounded family is real. I find myself wondering how many other spouses, children, mothers, fathers, and family members feel as though their ability to grieve has been stunted, or as if they are stuck within the process simply because of the expedited nature.Missed the beginning of the series? Go to ‘The Phone Call’ to read the first installment of this caregiver series.Meet Tabitha…The caregiving mini-series, 444 Days in the First Year, was written by Tabitha McCoy. Tabitha is a contributor to the MFLN–Military Caregiving concentration team and is a former military caregiver to her husband, SGT Steve McCoy. In this mini-series, Tabitha shares her personal story of caregiving, loss, grieving, and transitioning, as well as insight and advice for both professionals and family caregivers as she recounts the 444 days following her husband’s injuries and then unfortunately his death in June 2008.Tabitha holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and is currently a graduate student at Valdosta State University where she is pursuing her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on August 29, 2014. read more
In our latest video tutorial, learn how you can create dynamic motion graphics in Adobe After Effects with this simple morphing technique.For this project, I’m creating some basic infographics and working with Adobe Illustrator files of each state in the U.S.A. Each graphic will quickly transition to the next, with each state including corresponding textual information. However, I want to use a more dynamic transition than just the standard cut.Let’s take a step-by-step look at how we can use solids and mask paths to create an interesting morph effect between each graphic. Step 1 — Create a New Solid LayerFirst, I need to create a new solid layer. This solid layer is going to serve as my main graphic, so I’ll be sure to select a color I like. Once I’m done, this entire animation will essentially be a keyframed mask path on one simple solid layer.Next, it’s time to bring in our graphics.Step 2 — AutotraceFor this particular sequence, I’m focusing on animating four different states. I want each state to seamlessly morph into the next. To do this, I need to get the path information of the state. I can trace the outline of the state by highlighting the graphic in the timeline and going to Layer > Autotrace.In the Autotrace dialogue box, I’ll keep the default settings, making sure that “Apply to a New Layer” is not selected. The Autotrace feature will automatically add a mask path to my graphic. Pressing the M shortcut key shows me the mask and its corresponding path.Now let’s get this path information over to the solid.Step 3 — Copy/Paste Mask PathsWith the path now created, I’ll click on the mask path attribute and simply copy it with Cmd/Ctrl+C. Now I can select the solid layer and press Cmd/Ctrl+V to paste the mask on the solid — along with the mask path keyframe. Make sure the mask is set to Add, and position the keyframe wherever you want.I can see the state in my solid, so I’ll delete the original graphic. Now I can simply repeat these steps for every state graphic, spacing each mask path keyframe specifically where I want it on the timeline. For this particular animation, I’ll space the keyframes 1-2 seconds apart. Now that everything is in place, all that’s left to do is fine-tune the animation.Step 4 — Fine-TuningSometimes this method of morphing will give you some not-so-nice-looking results. There’s not much you can do about this, save from manually positioning each keyframe exactly where you want it. But that’s not very efficient. I find that ramping up the speed of the transitions and adding a motion blur will nicely mask any strange overlaps or unnatural movement.For smooth movements between keyframes, I’ll add Easy Ease. To do this, I’ll grab all of the keyframes and go to Animation > Keyframe Assistant > Easy Ease, or just hit the F9 keyboard shortcut. For the final touch, I’ll open up the Graph Editor and adjust the speed values accordingly. And voilà — now my states are animating on screen via morph transitions.Many Ways to MorphThis mask path method is just one example of morphing graphics in After Effects. It’s a very simple example, using just one path. But you can use this same method with text, logos, and any other graphics that have a path. Just as I performed a copy/paste via the mask path, you can do the same techniques with shape paths.Cover mockup via CrispyPork.Looking for more After Effects video tutorials? Check these out.How to Create an Animated Circle Burst in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: Create an Action Promo With After EffectsHow to Create a Scribble Animation in After EffectsCreate a Glitch Effect For Logos and Titles in After EffectsCreate a Responsive Infographic in After Effects read more