# Tutorial 51: Flavor Text

## Joe Clay | Dec 30, 2016

In this week's tutorial, we look at a cool way to use an expression to make "flavor text" or loading text, like when your computer is searching or installing something.

Here's the expression code used in the tutorial:

``````//Apply to position
t = time-inPoint;
offset = Math.floor((t/thisComp.frameDuration)/7)*37;
[value[0],value[1]-offset];``````

This technique is foundational for a couple of ideas regarding expressions—it shows you how to make things happen every few frames, rather than every frame, and it shows you how to use an offset to move things depending upon which block of time you're in. So this technique can be applied to many other things if you're willing to experiment!

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## Joe Clay | Dec 23, 2016

This week we go over a tip sent to me by a friend to use in this tutorial. Learn how to use an expression to fake a 3D shadow on a ground plane or wall. #CinemaFauxD

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# 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);
s = ease(y,0,540,100,10);
[s, s];``````

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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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## 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!

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# 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!

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# 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.

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