Join Owen Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Using expression controllers to keyframe expression values, part of Creating a Handmade Look in After Effects: 1 Paper Cutout and Stop Motion.
- I'm previewing the animation in 07_04.…The wiggle expression just made my animated text…random and rough.…Just like I like it.…But I want a little bit of control over that wiggle.…I want the letter O to wiggle more while it moves onscreen,…then less when it comes to rest.…So I'll add a wiggle expression to its position,…and to key frame that wiggle,…I'll use expression controllers.…I'm going to start by pausing playback,…and just getting rid of the motion sketch window.…
I'm going to select the O layer,…and hit P for position,…then hold the option key,…and click on the stopwatch,…enabling expressions on that layer.…Inside transform position,…I'm going to type in:…wiggle(11,12)…Meaning that it will wiggle 11 times per second…up to 12 pixels.…I'll click off, and I'll preview.…
Now that looks okay.…But, like I said, I want to control it.…I want to actually be able…to make it wiggling a lot more in the beginning,…and then really subtly at the end.…So I'm going to pause playback,…and I'm going to go into my effects and presets,…
Mograph artist Owen Lowery shows how to build the text and image elements, add texture, and then animate the graphics for a stop-motion look. The lessons demonstrate how versatile Adobe After Effects' tools can be when you stretch them beyond their traditional uses and employ some creative problem solving. Members are encouraged to experiment and adapt the techniques shown to other styles and projects.
- Adjusting composition settings
- Designing shape layers in a cutout style
- Creating a paper-like texture
- Building cutout type
- Animating elements for a stop motion look
- Adding imperfection and randomness with wiggle expressions