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Expressions in After Effects – Part 2

Posted 7th December 2010 by    email Email article     share Share article

In Friday’s post ‘Expressions in After Effects – Part 1’ I talked about, what Expressions are in After Effects and why use Expressions in After Effects. In this post I wanted to say what Expressions I used for the Halloween and Thanksgiving animations and also list some good Expression resources which have helped me.

The Expression I used the most in these two animations was the ‘Wiggle’ Expression. I could write a lot about this Expression but the easiest and best thing to do would be to show it in action… or better yet get someone else too! The video tutorial below was a great help to me in starting to learn Expressions and also helped me a lot as I was able to tailor it to my needs for these animations. Please check it out:

The video tutorial above was made by Harry J Frank. Harry a widely recognized figure in motion design and motion graphics training and has been working in motion design for over 13 years. His creative and technical talents have been sought out by studios, agencies and companies all over the world, such as NBC, TV Land, National Geographic, Blur Studio, Digital Kitchen, and many more.

This video was one of a few in Harry‘s After Effects Expressions training, which can be found here. As said I have it and it includes the lesson that is embedded above and it has helped me out alot so far. Here’s an overview of it:

Targeted at the designer, this series teaches you how to use expressions in every day projects. This series has quickly become the go-to place to efficiently learn After Effects Expressions! Includes all project files and a Quick Reference PDF to aid in learning.
The six lessons are as follows:

  • Introduction to Expressions
  • Introduction to Arrays and Variables
  • 3D Text: Arrays and variables continued
  • Random Numbers and Text Strings
  • Expression Control, Randomness and Probability
  • Audio to Keyframes

Another great resource I have found is the After Effects Expressions book (which can be found on Amazon here). I have only just started reading this book so will maybe review it at a later date when I have finished it.

Do you use Expressions in After Effects? or have you come across any more good Expression resources? If so leave a comment I’d love to hear some feedback in regards to this!

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