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After Effects tips

Here’s my latest collection of After Effects Twitter Tips from the Creative Cabin archive.

Learn all sorts of useful tips and tricks in bite sized portions. Make sure to Follow us on Twitter to get even more of these tips regularly as well as other goodies welike to share.

  1. AFTER EFFECTS TIP | To make a one node camera point at a layer, select the layer, then with the unified camera tool selected, hit the F key
  2. AFTER EFFECTS TIP | Copy & Paste any mask shape into a position property to make layer move along the path. Click on property name to select
  3. AFTER EFFECTS TIP | Give Adobe your feedback | Report Feature Requests & bugs here; http://t.co/s7f1NOPs @AdobeAE #AfterEffects
  4. AFTER EFFECTS TIP | To stretch or squash an animation – select all keyframes – hold Alt key & drag first or last Keyframe in selected group
  5. AFTER EFFECTS TIP: Video tutorial – Use the Stroke effect on Illustrator paths to make handwriting animate on screen http://t.co/0E6UHcKOsr
  6. AFTER EFFECTS TIP: How to make a layer follow a path copied from Adobe Illustrator artwork. http://fb.me/CEapjgCw
  7. AFTER EFFECTS TIP: add new Refine Matte effect to ANY matte in AE to refine edges or add motion blur. Not just for Rotobrush! Fabulous tool!
  8. AFTER EFFECTS TIP: Animating characters, use expression pickwhip 2 link body parts 2 cntrl layer. Expression control effect 4 each movement.
  9. AFTER EFFECTS TIP: How to make a layer follow a path copied from Adobe Illustrator artwork; http://bit.ly/f8tP4w
  10. AFTER EFFECTS TIP: Lay down markers in time with audio by previewing the audio and hitting * on number pad when you want markers to appear.
  11. AFTER EFFECTS TIP: to edit the path of an effect’s positional property (e.g. Particles) got to Layer panel & choose effect in target menu.
  12. AFTER EFFECTS TIP: To use more than one layer as matte without precomping. Add multiple copies of Sett Matte effect to layer needing matted.
  13. AFTER EFFECTS TIP: @butlerm_com Try combining transfer modes, use more than one layer with a different mode and opacity value on each! 🙂
  14. AFTER EFFECTS TIP: Add keyframes for hidden Transform properties by selecting layers & hitting alt & property letter (eg alt-p for position)
  15. AFTER EFFECTS TIP: Applied a preset & wanna find out how it’s made? Select layers then double-hit the U key to expose adjusted properties.
  16. AFTER EFFECTS TIP: Make 3D layers turn to face camera as it moves. Select layers, go to Layer>Transform>Auto Orient. choose Towards Camera
  17. AFTER EFFECTS TIP: Right-click on a property value to open Edit Value dialog. Here u can access different measurement units & adjust ranges.
  18. #AfterEffects Tip | Rotate , scale, skew or move all layers by adding the Transform effect to Adjustment layer – keyframe to animate them
  19. #AfterEffects Tip | Scaled a layer down, nested the comp, then scaled it up? Click Collapse Transformations switch to fix resolution issues.
  20. #AfterEffects Tip | Travis Wade presents his After Effects: Copy and Paste Shortcuts on Motionworks; http://t.co/nP2yA1nJ
  21. #AfterEffects Tip Make layer automatically turn to follow direction of path – select layer, go to Layer > Auto Orient. Choose ‘Along Path’
  22. #AfterEffects Tip | Isolate a property group from the Effect Control Panel in Timeline by double-clicking Property Group name in ECW
  23. #AfterEffects Tip | Do you have trouble with slow render speeds? Here’s a video workshop by Todd Kopriva to help: http://t.co/Y45ucGEl
  24. #AfterEffects Tip: Do you have trouble with slow render speeds? Here’s a video workshop by Todd Kopriva to… http://t.co/2fL7wE8l
  25. #AfterEffects Tip – Scale layers in comp without messing up composition – Select layers – Go to File > Scripts > Scale Selected Layers
  26. #AfterEffects Tip | @Doguib7 Create a Shape Layer, use Offset Paths & Trim Paths from Shape Layer ‘s “Add” menu to animate paths – lotsofun!
  27. #AfterEffects Tip | Animate property randomly – Alt-click Stopwatch to add expression. Type Wiggle(10,50) to change value 10 p/sec within 50
  28. #AfterEffects Tip | Audio file plays at different speed than recorded? Check that RAM preview settings match the frame rate of the audio.
  29. #AfterEffects TIP | Custom Shape layers – 1 Layer > New Shape Layer 2 Draw path with pen 3 Select path property – paste custom path @Doguib7
  30. #AfterEffects Tip | Drag comps directly to Adobe Media Encoder to render in background. Allows you to continue working on other comps in AE
  31. #AfterEffects Tip | Loop Footage – select clip, go to Interpret Footage > Main > Other Options > Choose how many time you want to loop 🙂
  32. #AfterEffects Tip | Quickly deselect selected items by hitting F2. On Mac make sure to use Fn key to override system shortcuts.
  33. #AfterEffects Tip | Replace layer in Timeline with footage from Project panel (retaining fx + KFs) – Select both, hit Cmmd+Alt+/ Ctrl+Alt+/
  34. #AFTEREFFECTS TIP | Rubbish at animating? Don’t worry! Use the Motion Sketch panel to record mouse or pen motion & apply it to your layer 🙂
  35. #AfterEffects Tip | Video Tutorial – how to make your own “Old Film” effect using Turbulent Noise; http://t.co/IOn0bHVPuU @AdobeAE #Mograph
  36. #AfterEffects Tip | Video tutorial – Use the Stroke effect on Illustrator paths to make handwriting animate on screen http://t.co/APabrfE9FT
  37. #AFTEREFFECTS Tip 41: RT @i2cblog: In Project panel, search ‘unused’ or ‘missing’ to see what’s not used in any comp or source is missing
  38. #AfterEffects tip; Moving project to other machine or archiving? File > Collect Files gathers all source footage & project maintaining links
  39. #AfterEffects tip; Scale layers or comps without messing up composition. Go to File > Scripts > Demo palette. Use Scale Layers
  40. #AfterEffects Tip; Use Premiere Pro to cut footage, add simple animation to layers in real time. Dynamic Link portions to AE for finessing
  41. #AfterEffects Tip: @Franckmax If you want to do that, just Toggle hold the keyframe first, then right-click and choose “Easy Ease Out/In” 🙂
  42. #AfterEffects tip: @jamesboorman To make the particles stay “alive” for longer, adjust the Lifespan property.
  43. #AfterEffects Tip: @MarkToddWagon No need for Alt, Page Up & Down on their own works. Home & End key to move to 1st & last frames of comp.
  44. #AfterEffects Tip: 3D layers have Material Options to control shadows. Cast Shadows & Accept Shadows can be switched on or off per layer.
  45. #AFTEREFFECTS tip: Animate Source Text property 2 make words change over time in text layer. Font & character panel attributes also animated
  46. #AfterEffects tip: Convert Text to Shape layers (Layer > Create shapes from Text) – Add cool Shape properties to get creative! Endless Fun!
  47. #aftereffects tip: Create a keyframe for a property on selected layers by holding alt key & tapping property shortcut. P for Position etc
  48. #AfterEffects Tip: Even out animation speed – select Keyframes in timeline (except 1st & last KF). Right-click & choose “Rove Across Time”
  49. #AfterEffects Tip: Found a camera move or lighting setup you like? Remember you can save them as Animation Presets to use in other comps.
  50. #AfterEffects Tip: Give footage instant punch & contrast – duplicate layer – make top layer Overlay Blend mode – adjust Opacity to taste 🙂
  51. #AfterEffects Tip: Have layers in comp that you don’t want to render? Select Layer, go to Layer > Guide Layer to create non-rendering layer.
  52. #AfterEffects tip: Help with custom shatter maps. Re: Is this done with shatter effect? http://cr8v.co/wCe [Like it? http://bit.ly/lRPIGH ]
  53. #aftereffects tip: Huge files? Slow render times? Select layer in Project, go 2 File > Create Proxy. Makes linked low res version of file!
  54. #AfterEffects tip: Jump back & forth between visible keyframes & layer markers by hitting J & K. Trouble remembering? Think JUMP KEYFRAMES!
  55. #AfterEffects Tip: Learn Cinema 4D – soon – you won’t regret it! 🙂 @maxon3d @AdobeAE #Mograph @c4dtips
  56. #AfterEffects Tip: Locate missing footage by typing ‘missing’ in2 search field in Project panel. Relink by double-clicking it & relocating
  57. #AfterEffects Tip: Metric Kerning looks good on well-designed, classic fonts for broadcast – it includes a little more space than Optical
  58. #AfterEffects tip: Painting in Layer panel. Go to View > New View. Place comp & layer panels side by side. Lock them for nice ETLAT workflow
  59. #AfterEffects Tip: Pt 2. Select Camera, double-hit U key to expose adjusted properties, drag select them, drop into Effects & Presets panel
  60. #aftereffects tip: Remember the shortcuts for properties with the word ‘STRAP’. (S)cale, Opaci(T)y, (R)otation, (A)nchor Point, (P)osition
  61. #AfterEffects tip: Rendering more than one format? Select Render Item, go to Composition > Add Output Module to render once & format twice
  62. #AfterEffects Tip: Rendering movie for web? Choose poster frame displayed in thumbnail – Go to Composition > Set Poster Time before render.
  63. #AFTEREFFECTS Tip: Retime animation – select keyframes – hold Alt key & drag 1st or last keyframe. Keeps relative timing intact.
  64. #AfterEffects Tip: RT @theangietaylor: Re: After Effects Key Light – Some Spilling Occuring – How Do I Get Rid of it? http://t.co/azVs5mxn
  65. #AfterEffects Tip: RT @theangietaylor: Re: Moving Layers by n Pixels http://t.co/qtde4cIk
  66. #AfterEffects Tip: Select a layer, double-hit U key to expose properties adjusted from default state. Great way to understand effect presets
  67. #aftereffects tip: To auto-animate brush strokes as they’re drawn. Choose Paint tool & select ‘Write On’ in Duration Menu in Paint panel.
  68. #AfterEffects Tip: To create a template project simply save the project with .aet instead of .aep. Prevents u from accidentally over-writing
  69. #AfterEffects tip: To reduce the amount of motion blur in a comp go 2 Composition Settings > Advanced Tab & reduce the Shutter Angle value.
  70. #AfterEffects tip: To use included scripts enable General > Preference to ‘Allow scripts . . .’ and then restart… http://fb.me/BQbXk95K
  71. #AfterEffects Tip: Use Motion Sketch panel to capture motion from Wacom tablet & apply it to layers. Good way to record gestural animation.
  72. #AfterEffects Tip: Use the J & K keys to jump between visible keyframes
  73. #AfterEffects Tip: Use the “continue” Loop expression 2 continue an existing animation, maintaining speed &… http://t.co/u21TqofD
  74. #AfterEffects Tip: When overnight rendering, render out an image sequence, at least then if it crashes you can save frames already rendered.
  75. #AfterEffects tips from @AngieTaylor – Software Tips & Tricks Newsletter – http://t.co/kEF6ry0p [Like it? http://t.co/IzVYju0W ]

Wiggle expression in After Effects

What is the Wiggle Expression in After Effects?

From After Effects Expressions for Premiere Pro Editors

Expressions are an advanced feature of After Effects that many editors shy away from. The perception is that you need to be good at scripting to be able to use expressions. But basic expressions are easy to apply using simple point-and-click methods. They’re incredibly useful for adding randomness to animation and effects, linking properties to synchronize animation, or even making effects react to music.

Looping keyframed values with Expressions

After Effects Expressions for Premiere Pro Editors is a creative, project-based workshop. Editors take a basic Premiere Pro edit and bring it to life using After Effects expressions and Dynamic Link, following author Angie Taylor’s expert instructions. The concepts are broken down into manageable 3–5 minute videos, covering techniques such as randomizing effects, linking animation and color to sound, automating animation, and more.

After Effects expressions for Premiere Pro editors

After Effects expressions for Premiere Pro editors – available now

Watch the Welcome movie here.

Expressions is an advanced feature of After Effects that many editors shy away from. The perception is that you need to be good at scripting to be able to use them, but this isn’t the case. Some basic expressions are easy to apply using simple point-and-click methods.

Many of these basic expressions are easy to use and can be really useful to editors for adding randomness to animation or effect settings or for linking properties together to synchronize animated elements or colors in an integrated design, even making effects react to music.

After Effects Expressions for Premiere Pro editors is a creative real-world, project-based workshop. In this workshop, editors will take a basic Premiere Pro edit and bring it to life using After Effects expressions and dynamic link. Each stage of the project is dealt with in separate sections and concepts are broken down into manageable chunks within each section. This workshop will take a fairly standard edit for an online video ad, and it will add animation, cohesive design, and pizzazz to make it really stand out.

Topics include randomizing effect properties to create camera shake effects, linking color and light properties to audio, creating disco light effects, synchronizing color and other design elements to update automatically, and looping keyframes to create a lightning strike effect. You’ll also find out about some nasty gotchas to avoid while working with expressions. So, what are you waiting for? Jump in and get started with After Effects Expressions for Premiere Pro Editors.