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Tutorial: Tapering A Stroke with Expressions in After Effects Part 1

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We all know After Effects is PACKED with features, but sometimes After Effects just doesn’t have the feature we want built into the program; for example the ability to taper a stroke with ease and control. Well, After Effects still has us covered in that department, it just takes a little more know-how to do it.We just need to roll up our sleeves and get our hands dirty with some fancy expressions.

Expressions can seem a tiny bit overwhelming at first, but once you learn how they work you can do some really amazing stuff. In this lesson our resident Expressions Wizard, Jake Bartlett, will take you through the first part of how he built this powerful tapered stroke rig. It’s a lot to digest if you’re new to expressions, but Jake will guide you through and break down everything into easy to handle nuggets of knowledge.

In this lesson Jake will be using a really great tool for writing expressions in After Effects called Expressionist. Go ahead and grab that here if you're ready to really dive deep into the world of code. 

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Download the tapered stroke rig project file for After Effects.

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