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Tutorials: A Few Recent Expression Tutorials from Mathias Möhl

Mathias Möhl of mamoworld knows how to write an expression! He explains things in a very simple to follow manner, so if you think that writing an expression is complicated or over your head, think again. Anyone can write a bit of code!

Here are a couple of tutorials from Mathias about After Effects Expressions to speed up your workflow.

First Steps with After Effects Expressions

Learn how they work and the basics of setting them up.

The Wiggle Expression and some Explosions (Expressions Tutorial 2)

This is the first expression that I ever learned!

Expressions as a Pocket Calculator (Expressions Tutorial 3)

Now Pocket Calculator from Kraftwerk is in my head. Thank Mathias!

Expressions Part 4: Rotating Wheels Rig

Here is part 4 of Mathias’ series on Expressions. This is super helpful if you’re creating anything with wheels, like a car, wagon, etc.

After Effects Expressions Nerd Tip 1: Building your own Expressions Library (1 minute tutorial)

I am so going to do this!

After Effects Expressions Nerd Tip 2: toComp and fromComp

This is a simple concept and super useful for workflow. I used this tutorial recently when making lower thirds with backgrounds that fit the layers.

Other Expressions Tutorials at AE Freemart


mamoworld iExpressions for After Effects Expression
mamoworld iExpressions

iExpressions allow you to use After Effects expressions without writing or reading a single line of code. Developed by mamoworld.

iExpressions V2 comes with a new user interface that fits nicely with the new design of After Effects CC and automatically adjusts to your brightness settings. The new release also contains various new expressions such that the library now includes more than 125 expressions in total.

Buy mamoworld iExpressions

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Tutorial: Create a Mograph Style Effect in After Effects featuring Expressions

Joey from School of Motion walks you through how to make a spinning mograph animation. It’s reminiscent of something that could be made in Cinema 4D. This tutorial utilizes a lot of expressions so get ready to learn! If you’re a student, register for an account at School of Motion and download the project files.

Burning Question: How Can I Learn Expressions in After Effects?

How can I learn Expressions in After Effects?

I put together an article last fall on Expressions if you want to dive a little deeper.  You’ll learn what is an expression, learn about:

  1. layer control
  2. wiggle
  3. loop
  4. if/else

There are several tutorials from sources like Video Copilot, Ukramedia.com, and several other pros.

Go to Burning Question: Expressions

More Tutorials on After Effects Expressions at AE Freemart

After Effects Expressions for Adobe Premiere Pro Editors with Angie Taylor – “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.”

Top 5 After Effects Expressions – If you’re new to AE and afraid of expressions, this is a lovely introduction. Sean Frangella has put up a cool new tutorial explaining what his favorite five Expressions. He gives some tips on how to use expressions for better animation. He also shows ways of simplifying your workflow, including wiggle, time, and more. Good stuff.

Other Recent After Effects Tutorials at AE Freemart

Tutorial: Turn a Mountain into a Volcano – Caleb Ward shows you how to turn an innocuous mountain into a magma oozing volcano!

Tutorial: Create Stylish Opener in After Effects – Nikhil Pawar from Dope Motions shows you how to make a super useful opener motion graphic sequence in After Effects. This is the type of effect you could use over and over if you swap out the imagery.

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Top 5 After Effects Expressions

If you’re new to AE and afraid of expressions, this is a lovely introduction.

Sean Frangella has put up a cool new tutorial explaining what his favorite five Expressions and gives some tips on how to use expressions for better animation. He shows ways of simplifying your workflow, including wiggle, time, and more. Good stuff.

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5 Tutorials to Give the 8-bit Look of Old Video Games @adobeae #8-bit

8-bit Forever!

Have fun Here are several tutorials that give After Effects users that chunky, retro, 8-bit, posterized look, with or without plug-ins. Plus some 8-bit inspiration.

The first tutorial from Charles Yeager caught my eye today and then I thought, well why not expand on the  8-bit theme and give you all something really good today! Combine several of the techniques explained here and have one amazing 8-bit Nintendo-style animation!

1. Quick Tip: Create an 8-bit Style in After Effects

This will get you started with the basics. AE Tuts+ and Charles Yeager bring you a two minute After Effects tutorial on creating the 8-bit look using Posterize, Mosaic, and Hue/Saturation. He shows how to save this as a preset to speed up your workflow.

2. Digieffects Damage | Artifact – 8 Bit Gaming Tutorial

This tutorial has disappeared from the interwebs but I’m leaving it in just in case it comes back. Apparently, something on the internet IS NOT there forever! 😉

Here’s an older tutorial by Brandon Smith and Digieffects, which he creates with Digieffects Damage. Create 8-bit style video with Damage’s Artifact plug-in in After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro 6/7, and Final Cut Pro X. Download a free demo of Damage.

3. After Effects Tutorial: Retro 8-Bit Video Game Title Screen

This one comes from Thinkmojo and is a bit more involved than the previous two. He goes over how to create a reflection, how to use the loopOut() expression to cycle the animation, and also how to create that 8-bit look with Mosaic and Posterize in After Effects.

4. How to Animate Retro Pixel Art in After Effects, 8-bit Style

This one comes from Nick Morris at AE Tuts+. He explains the workflow for taking pixel art from ASEprite into Photoshop and then finally into an HD comp in After Effects.

5. Creating 8-Bit Animation

This is an interesting tutorial because the artist is singing while he works! He starts off by making a character with a unibrow in Photoshop and then takes it into After Effects to create the lipsync. He does this manually but I would suggest using a plug-in called MamoWorld Auto Lip-Sync, which allows you to create a mouth that automatically animates according to your voice recording.

Inspiration: 8 Bit Cinema: The Big Lebowski and Pulp Fiction

Inspiration: Retro 8 bit Video Game Title Screen