Easing Cheatsheet

In the context of easing, the first letter of an easing mnemonic refers to the type of curve, listed from gentlest to steepest:

  • q == “quadratic”
  • s == “sine”
  • c == “cubic”
  • e == “exponential”

The ending of a mnemonic refers to the entry/exit of the curve:

  • eio == “ease-in-out”
  • ei == “ease-in”
  • eo == “ease-out”

Put together you get can mnemonics like these:

  • eeio == “exponential-ease-in-out”
  • ceo == “cubic-ease-out”
  • sei == “sine-ease-in”


Given a frame object f in an @animation renderable:

from coldtype import *

@animation(timeline=60) # duration of 60 frames
def easing_example(f):
    square = P(f.a.r.inset(300)).f(0)
    return square.rotate(f.e("eeio", 1, rng=(-10, 10)))

In the line f.e("eeio", 1, rng=(-10, 10)), the 1 refers to the number of loops, and the rng= sets a range of values that will be traversed by the easing. By default, this value is rng=(0, 1), so the value would cycle back and forth between 0 and 1 one-time (loops=1) over the course of the animation’s duration. If you set loops to 0, the value would traverse from 0 to 1 in only one direction and not return to 0 (meaning the value would “pop” back to 0 when the animation itself loops.)