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The Secret to Creating Dynamic Bends in After Effects

Unlock the power of After Effects expressions in our latest tutorial, where you'll learn to use if/else to automate your animations and create a realistic bending rig.

If you're thinking, "Expressions? No way, that's coding!" — hold up. They're not as intimidating as they seem. In fact, expressions can turn the impossible into a cakewalk and the complex into a breeze.

In our latest video, Sky's got you covered. He'll walk you through a simple yet powerful expression: if/else. This bad boy can automate your animation game, from color shifts to anchor point tweaks, without the endless rigging and keyframing. The result? A slick setup that makes your animation look intricate with minimal effort. With if/else in After Effects, you’ll look like an animation superstar...or at least like you worked a lot harder than you did.

Don’t forget to grab the project files so you can follow along, or just dissect Sky’s work in your laboratory of animation madness:


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Want to master movement in After Effects?

Then check out Animation Bootcamp, our 12 week course that teaches you the art of creating beautiful movement. In this course, you'll learn the principles behind great animation, and how to apply them in After Effects. By the end of this course, you'll animate a variety of shots in multiple styles with professional assets and personalized feedback that can be added to your portfolio.


Or maybe you want to dive deep into After Effects expressions?

If so, then jump into Expression Session, where you'll learn how to approach, write and implement expressions in After Effects. Over the course of 12 weeks, you'll go from rookie to seasoned coder. By the end of this course, you will have all of the foundational knowledge you need to be able to write, understand, and use expressions in After Effects to improve your daily workflow.


Not sure where to start?

If you’re a beginner, here are some great courses to help you get started:

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An introduction to the design principles behind all great work.


More Advanced?

If you’re a more advanced student looking to up your game, here are some great options:

Animation Bootcamp

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