Expressions

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

Using Beziér curves to animate layers in After Effects.

Using Beziér curves to animate layers in After Effects.

It’s great to be able to animate a stack of layers using familiar Beziér handles. This is great for flexible spines, caterpillars, snakes, or in the example I’m working on: swimming fish. It creates an easy to use rig, that allows you to easily create fluid motion with minimal controls. I’ve done this a couple Continue reading Using Beziér curves to animate layers in After Effects.