Tutorial 49: Scrolling List

Joe Clay | Dec 16, 2016

Hi guys, here's a quick tutorial to show you how to set up an iOS-style scrolling list, where the text closest to the middle of the composition is the largest and other lines of text get smaller toward the top and bottom edges. It's easier to watch than to explain so check it out!

Here's the code for the expression:

y = thisLayer.toComp([0,0,0]);
y = Math.abs(y[1]-540);
ease(y,0,540,100,10);

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Tutorial 48: Repeating Elements

Joe Clay | Dec 9, 2016

Hey guys, this is a quick tutorial about creating a quick grid/line of repeated animated elements. It's a pretty simple technique using only default After Effects plugins.

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Tutorial 47: Halftone

Joe Clay | Dec 2, 2016

I am so excited for this one. I used to use this plugin family back in the day called Pete's Plugins. There was this awesome halftone effect in it. But Pete stopped developing it and posted his code but no one updated them for newer versions of AE so they died. I tried to compile it and I couldn't figure it out. But that's ok because I was able to figure out a way to do it!

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Tutorial 46: Simple Fire

Joe Clay | Nov 25, 2016

This week, we take a look at a simple way to make some 2D fire.

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Tutorial 45: Real Shadows

Joe Clay | Nov 18, 2016

This week, I decided to mess around with After Effects' new C4D 3D renderer. And I made some shadows for my 2D graphics. Beat that. :)

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Tutorial 44: Compositing Options

Joe Clay | Nov 11, 2016

This week, we go over an often overlooked—at least by me—feature of After Effects—using masks for effects rather than the layers themselves.

Thanks for checking it out!

Tutorial 43: Tunnel Vision

Joe Clay | Nov 4, 2016

This quick After Effects tutorial shows a useful way to make interesting tunnel worlds, like the new Photoshop splash screen.

Thanks for checking it out!

Tutorial 42: Posterized Mattes

Joe Clay | Oct 28, 2016

This quick After Effects tutorial shows a useful way to make time displacement maps for shapes and other objects using gradients with the posterize effect.

Tutorial 41: Ring of Fire

Joe Clay | Oct 21, 2016

This After Effects tutorial goes over an interesting technique to generate masks for use with Video Copilot's Saber plugin using turbulent noise and turbulent displace in combination with shape layers.

If you want to make this loop, you can precompose and time remap. I would also normally suggest that you get the evolution to cycle, but you can't evolve turbulent noise in a cycle for some reason.

Tutorial 40: Interface Interaction

Joe Clay | Oct 14, 2016

This After Effects tutorial shows you how to use your own mouse to move a digital mouse on screen and interact with elements in your scene.

If you were paying close attention, you might've noticed that I didn't completely reset the icons to their original size because I parented them to the cursor and then set their scale. Alternatively I could've just parented them to the cursor before I set its scale. Either way, you still need to make sure to scale them back to original size (or copy the original instead of splitting the parented layer and un-parenting it). It's AE, there's a lot of ways to do things!

I haven't made many errors in 40 of these. One was bound to sneak in!

If you'd like, you can download the cursor icon and use it in your own projects!

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