After Effects expressions

Managing complex expressions in After Effects

Managing complex expressions in After Effects

Expressions in After Effects are a powerful tool for animation, but while they can be as simple as the ‘wiggle’ function, working with more complex expressions can begin to get…

AE Project Diary: 4) Mixing up a cake with maths

AE Project Diary: 4) Mixing up a cake with maths

I like cakes a lot, especially cakes with lots of layers.  After Effects also has lots of layers, but when you have to start doing boring and repetitive tasks those…

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Wiggle Behaviors

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Wiggle Behaviors

One of the secrets to creating eye-catching motion graphics is to make sure everything keeps moving, instead of settling into a final pose. As soon as your frame becomes…

Measuring Rotation in After Effects

Measuring Rotation in After Effects

Last week, we posted a short tutorial on using expressions to measure the distance between two points. This was triggered by playing around with the new Face Tracker in After…

Automatic versioning in After Effects

Automatic versioning in After Effects

No-one likes boring and repetitive work, so this After Effects tutorial demonstrates how to create many different versions of the same animation with only one click.  If you…

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Tracking with Nulls

After Effects Hidden Gems Weekly: Tracking with Nulls

Motion tracking in Adobe After Effects is usually about making a new layer follow the movement of a target in a piece of video. But what if you want to…

Z-Depth from 3D After Effects layers

Z-Depth from 3D After Effects layers

I recently posted a video tutorial that demonstrates how to generate a z-depth map from Particular, and then use it to composite multiple layers of Particular together.  This…

Z-Depth compositing with Particular – Part 2

Trapcode’s Particular is probably the most popular 3rd party plugin for After Effects, and amongst its many powerful features is the ability to read a z-depth map.  What…

Z-Depth compositing with Particular – Part 1

Z-Depth compositing with Particular – Part 1

Trapcode’s Particular is probably the most popular 3rd party plugin for After Effects, and amongst its many powerful features is the ability to read a z-depth map.  What…

Inside the After Effects camera

Inside the After Effects camera

One of the most powerful features of After Effects is the ability to work with 3D layers and a virtual camera.  While it is simple to add a camera…