After-Effects

Auto orienting the drop shadow on an auto-oriented layer

Auto orienting the drop shadow on an auto-oriented layer

I have some background elements that I want to wander around, and because I’m lazy I don’t want to hand animate them, so they just have a wiggle expression applied to their position channel and auto-orient switched on. Instant crowd scene! But I want them to have a drop shadow. Normally to keep the drop Continue reading Auto orienting the drop shadow on an auto-oriented layer

Using text layers as expression editors in After Effects

Using text layers as expression editors in After Effects

You can use text layers in After Effects as expression editors which means, among other things that a whole lot of layers can use the same expression. This has some big advantages: expressions update as you type, which gives you instant feedback. You can see and edit your expression right in the composition viewer, without Continue reading Using text layers as expression editors in After Effects

LookAtMe! A 2D lookAt() function in AE Expressions

LookAtMe! A 2D lookAt() function in AE Expressions

The lookAt() function in After Effects’ expression language doesn’t work for 2D. If you’re trying to use it to align the layer to look at a given point, without having to remember all the trigonometry you learned in school, it turns out you should have spent less time smoking behind the shelter sheds, because this is Continue reading LookAtMe! A 2D lookAt() function in AE Expressions