From the “Posted on the Blog so I Can Remember it Next Time” department: A useful expression for making things symmetrical.
Often you will be faced with the task of making a complicated composition symmetrical. For example this beetle I am rigging has six leg layers on each side. Rather than go nuts trying to align it all by eye I used an expression on the layers on one side to make them symmetrical with the layers on the other.
So I used this expression on the position property of the right hand side object:
pair = thisComp.layer(name.replace("L", "R")); [parent.width - pair.transform.position, pair.transform.position]
And on the anchor point property:
pair = thisComp.layer(name.replace("L", "R")); [width-pair.transform.anchorPoint, pair.transform.anchorPoint]
This mirrors any layers on the left hand side to their counterpoint on the right hand side. It finds the pair by replacing the first L it finds in the layers’ names with an R, so it’s important that they are named in pairs, like L_upper_leg and R_upper_leg or UpperLArm and UpperRArm. If you wanted to mirror the right side to the left, you’d swap the terms in the replace function around, i.e.:
This looks like a good candidate for scripting, so stay posted.