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i2c After Effects Expressions Basics

i2c After Effects Expressions Basics

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Published by David Alex
Adobe After Effects' expressions are a great tool that aid the user automate properties and make them do what would probably take ages!
This book takes a user who knows nothing about expressions to at least the intermediate level. Teaching with examples and throwing out all the technical stuff, learn what you need to learn in a quick but fun process.

This book is a product from Ideas to Creations:
http://ideastocreations.blogspot.com

Got any questions?
You can find me on Formspring (http://www.formspring.me/davdalx)

I hope you find this helpful!
Adobe After Effects' expressions are a great tool that aid the user automate properties and make them do what would probably take ages!
This book takes a user who knows nothing about expressions to at least the intermediate level. Teaching with examples and throwing out all the technical stuff, learn what you need to learn in a quick but fun process.

This book is a product from Ideas to Creations:
http://ideastocreations.blogspot.com

Got any questions?
You can find me on Formspring (http://www.formspring.me/davdalx)

I hope you find this helpful!

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INTRODUCTION
 
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Ideas to Creations | After Effects Expressions Basics (CC) BY NC SA
INTRODUCTION
Hello, and welcome to
 After Effects Expressions Basics.
I’m David Alex, VFX Artist and big fan of After Effects
,
and I’m going to walk you through the basic concepts of using expressions in After Effects.
 
In this document, we’ll be l
ooking at what expressions are, how they work and how to use them properly. Bythe end, you should not only be able to use some of the most common and useful expressions but also havethe understanding required to expand your knowledge to an advanced level.
I’ll assume that you’ve never used expressions before to make explanations and ambiguous areas a bit easierto work with. If you’ve seen a section before, feel free to skip it.
 
I’ll also assume that you have a reasonable amount of knowledge on After Effe
cts. At least know your wayaround the app, the panels, creating layers, effects and keyframing.
Before we get started, I’d like to clarify some syntax and words I’ll be using::
 
 
Rather than filling this document with screenshots (and making it bigger), going through menus likethis:Will be shown like this:
Layer > New > Solid...
 
 
Shortcuts will be written in brackets ( ).
 
Property
refers to Opacity/Rotation/Scale/Position/Anchor Point... basically the properties of a layer,
though sometimes I’ll refer to a
control with an expression as a property (for ease of understanding).
 
Initial Value
would be the value typed into the box of the property. This is not what the expressionproduces. It becomes confusing referring to this, but this should make things easier to understand.
 
Final Value
refers to the value produced by the expression, or rather the value that the property hasin the end of all calculations.
 
Expressions
will appear in a box like this::
If(thisLayer.numKeys>
2) loopOut(“cycle” 
 ,2)} else {value}
T
hat’s about it.
 
Also, I’d suggest that you make friends with the Help system (if you haven’t already). Go to
Help > After EffectsHelp
and check out the system (or
Help > Expression Reference).
We can use this document alongside the Helpto explain stuff,
and it’d be good to refer you to some of the things there. Though some things are hard tounderstand there, I’ll try explain them here.
 
 
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Ideas to Creations | After Effects Expressions Basics (CC) BY NC SA
If you’re working in CS5, you’ve probably noticed that the Help system is online now. If you don’t have a
constant connection, you can download the Help from the site.http://help.adobe.com/en_US/aftereffects/cs/using/after_effects_cs5_help.pdf 
It’s a PDF a
bout 3
0MB. It’s up
dated quite frequently and contains bookmarks to ease navigating through it.
I’d also li
ke to mention that this book is based off examples, rather than teaching facts, which I find is an easierway to understand something.
To that effect, we won’t use project files, we’ll build them. In this way, we can
see the whole process and heck might even learn some
thing new other than expressions. I’ll keep things
simple and describe the steps as best I can.
All right, having said all that, we’re ready to get started!
 

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