It’s all about the $. One of the undocumented expression language feature in After Effects is the global object, also known as $. And it turns out that $ can bring you happiness…
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
From the “Posted on the Blog so I Can Remember it Next Time” department: A useful expression for making things symmetrical.
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
I’ve built my own version of built-in After Effects expressions functions. Here’s why.
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.