After Effects Expressions 101
Expressions are possibly the most powerful feature in After Effects, but a lot of animators don’t use them because they seem intimidating. It takes a little bit of time to really get the hang of using them, but it’s worth the time investment. Once you learn how to set up behaviors and controls without having to do tons of manual keyframing, you’ll be a much faster and more efficient motion graphics artist.
This lesson is a quick overview of how expressions work in After Effects. You’ll learn what expressions are, why you may want to use them, and how to apply them to properties in your comps. We’ll use a simple example, animating the hands on a clock, to work through the basics. Once you’ve watched this video, you should have enough knowledge to move on to some of the more advanced lessons that use expressions.
If you want to know even more about expressions, check out the Resources tab for more places to learn.
If you have any questions, click over to the Q&A tab to post them. Other students can answer you, and we’ll put our team on the case to try and get you a solution ASAP.
Where do I get the project files?
I'm very sorry for the miscommunication. This one of our older lesson videos and it unfortunately does not include a project file download. The introduction to the video was added separately when we relaunched our side and I apologize that it is inaccurate in this instance.