Studio Editor: Creating a Custom Click or Hover Interaction

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Add interactions to create an animated experience as visitors click or hover over elements. The interaction can animate the same element that triggered it, or any other element on the page.
With custom interactions, you have full creative freedom to design an animation from scratch. You can also control the animation's timing to make it truly effective. 
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Step 1 | Add a trigger (click or hover)

To get started, select the element that triggers the interaction. This is the element that visitors hover over or click before seeing the animation. Then, go to the Interactions tab in the Inspector panel to add a new interaction. 
You can add multiple interactions to an element so it triggers different animations on hover or click.

To add a trigger:

  1. Select the element that should trigger the interaction.
  2. Click the Open Inspector arrow  at the top right of the Editor.
  3. Click the Interactions tab .
  4. Select Hover / Click.
  5. Click + Add
The interactions tab in the Inspector panel, adding a new hover or click interaction

Step 2 | Set up the interaction

You can now choose which element gets animated, the animation that should appear and the exact action that happens on hover or click (e.g., apply the animation, toggle it on / off, etc.)

To set up the interaction:

  1. Select an option from the On Hover / On Click drop-down:
    • Start Animation: Clicking / Hovering over the element triggers the chosen animation.
    • Toggle On/Off: Similar to a toggle, clicking the element triggers the animation and a second click removes it.
    • Reset Animation: Clicking / Hovering over the element removes any animation that was previously applied.
  2. Select an option from the Animated element drop-down:
    • Make the element trigger its own animation: Click the element's name (the word (self) appears next to it).
    • Animate a different element on the page: Select an element from the drop-down, or click Choose on Canvas to select it on the page.
      Tip: Hold the Cmd / Ctrl key to select a child element.
  3. Click the Custom tab. 
  4. Click Create Custom Animation.
Custom animations that you create are saved for future use on other elements. 
A screenshot of the custom tab when you don't have any saved animations yet

Step 3 | Customize the animation

Now it's time to build the animation from scratch. Add all kinds of layout and design transforms to change the element's size (Scale), position (Translate), angle (Rotate), fill color and more. 
You can also design the element's initial state to complement the animation you built. This is how the element looks when it loads, before visitors interact with it. To tie it all together, set the animation's duration and ease. 

To customize the animation:

  1. Choose how you want to customize the animation:
2.   (Optional) Click  Play on the floating bar to preview the animation.
3.   When ready, click Done.
A GIF showing the preview of the animation on the canvas
When setting an element to show on click or hover, it appears with a checkered overlay on the canvas. This is to indicate that the element is initially transparent. 
A button set to appear on hover, appearing with a checkered overlay on the canvas in the Studio Editor
You can turn this indication off at any time. Click the Wix Studio icon , hover over View and click Transparent Elements.


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