Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Coordinating simple properties, part of After Effects Apprentice 09: Expressions.
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Let's build upon what you learned in the last movie to use expressions to tie…together similar properties.…In this case, I'm going to open up the comp 02-Simple Math*starter,…select both layers, Command+A or Ctrl+A, press U to reveal their animating…properties. And once again, the first letter has been keyframed the second layer…has been tied the first layer using expressions.…I'll do a quick RAM preview here.…Nothing strange there. Okay, let's say we want a jazz this animation up, add a…drop shadow to these layers.…
I'll select the blue pulley and apply Effect > Perspective > Drop Shadow. And to…make it stand out a little bit, I'll give a little bit more Distance, maybe just…a little bit Softness. That looks nice.…Now if you've watched the previous lesson in our After Effect Apprentice series…on nesting and pre-composing, you know that we drove home the point of the…render order of layers, and by looking at the timeline panel, you can quite…often figure out what that render order is.…In this case, effects such as the drop shadow happen before the transforms,…
The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. These tutorials are designed for After Effects CS4 through CC, and can be used on their own or as a companion to the Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice.
- Creating and managing expressions
- Linking together different parameters
- Randomizing a layer's movement
- Looping an animation
- Controlling multiple layers from a single source