Pseudo Effect Maker

The simplest way to create custom effect controls

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Version Release Date
July 19, 2017
After Effects CC 2014 and Newer

What is the Pseudo Effect Maker?

The Pseudo Effect Maker gives you a simple, user-friendly interface to quickly and easily develop, organize and apply custom effect controls. With these controls, you can drive expressions and layers within your After Effects project; you can also save them as presets to reuse them later or allow others to use the tools you create.

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What is a Pseudo Effect?

A pseudo effect is also known as a 'custom expression control.’ After Effects has several expression controls built in; however, they are all individually separated. This means that if you need to use multiple controls for your project, you’d have to add each control separately, which can get messy and unorganized.

A pseudo effect allows you to create a custom group of controls, name and organize it however you want, and make your expression controls more manageable and more like built-in effects.

Now that I have my Pseudo Effect, how do I hide the built-in effects that I am controlling?

You can't.

Any effects that you are using as part of your preset will always have to be present.

Pseudo effects are just simple controllers. Although you can connect them to other effects and properties through expressions and set custom limits and defaults, they will not replace anything. Without the actual effects present, your control will not do anything, and at the moment there is no way to hide effects in the effects panel.

Getting Started with the Pseudo Effect Maker

To get a general overview of how to use the Pseudo Effect Maker, check out the video below. You can also read the Help File to get all the details.


After Effects: CC 2019, CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015.3, CC 2015, CC 2014


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