Video Quick Tip: Creating Presets
Jesse Toula on July 05, 2012 at 10:41 pm

I've been getting some questions recently about creating presets in After Effects. The tutorial on Creating Pseudo Effects shows you how to create the controls, but how do you actually use them to control something?

I thought I'd make a quick video to show how its done. Though the video isn't that quick, you'll see how you can use expressions to link your controls to the properties of other effects. Even if you've never used expressions before, you should be able to follow along. The expressions start out basic, but  I also go into some more complex uses as well as some trigonometry in order to keep the ramp effect locked to a layer without having to pre-compose. 

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August 03, 2012 at 1:25 pm
oh man that`s awesome


January 05, 2013 at 1:41 pm
hey it is gret tutorial thanks a lot any idea where can i find information about how to use the AE SDK please would be very helpful

Jesse T.

February 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm
Information on the After Effects SDK is very limited. Other then the help file that comes with the SDK, I like to use the After Effects SDK forum on Adobe's website. Lots of great information there and any questions you have are answered pretty quickly.


March 03, 2013 at 9:24 am
the Pseudo Effects Creator doesn't work to me. when I open the thing that you write this line (app.project.activeItem.layer(1).effect.addProperty("Custom_Control");) it's doesn't working to me, the line are just marked with red. what to do? [i'm working with after effects cs6(if itws help...)]

Jesse T.

March 03, 2013 at 10:05 am
Send me an email: with the XML code that was generated and the error that you got in the Extendscript Toolkit. It will be easier for me to help you that way.


June 01, 2013 at 1:18 pm
Is there a way to achieve the same result without altering or replacing any files? In other words, if I want to create a pseudo-effect and send it to another user, but do not want that person to have to do anything other than run a script, is it possible?

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