Advice on how to create this

Jan 27, 2022

Please know that I'm VERY new. I apologize in advance for this long post, but I thought it would be helpful to understand what I'm trying to create and what I've done so far. 

I'm creating my first project for practice (but that I will use in real life if it works out).  I want to create an image of a clock whose hands go backwards at a certain point during narration (conveying the idea of turning back time). I first thought that I could just get a pic of a clock, somehow separate the components so that I could add a motion path to just the hands. But I couldn't figure out a way to separate the components of the pic (I used to be able to do that in a basic WORD doc, so I was surprised that I couldn't find out how to do it in SL).

Then, I thought that I might get a stock clock pic from Adobe (I'm using a free trial now), remove the hands, and put that pic in my slide; then, I could use Shapes to put in arrows that could serve as hands and add a motion path to those. Well, it didn't work out with Adobe (for some reason, I couldn't for the life of me erase the hands on my pic, so I gave up).

Then, I decided to just insert a circle shape in my SL slide and create hands with arrows. When I applied a motion path to the hands, though, it didn't turn out as I expected: The front point of the arrow isn't the turning path. Rather, the entire arrow just moves down. There's no curve as if a hand is turning back.

Can anyone point me in the right direction? What am I missing?

12 Replies
Richard Watson


I played around with the idea of a spinning clock. It uses a spin animation and a counter to make it work.  It's not what you were looking for but it was still fun to play around with the idea. I created it using a single layer, triggers to jump back to the beginning of the timeline, and a counter to change the state of the hour hand. You can see a demo of it here.

Note: the image below is an animated gif that loops. The actual demo will show the clock run until infinity! :) LOL


Vickie Melograno

This is amazing! I am so impressed. I wish I had your skill! Thank you for
the description and demo. I will try to emulate it, although I don't
understand some of the processes referred to (e.g., the counter variable
part). This gives me something to play around with, though. I love the
cat's blink.
Thank you!