Evan Abrams Shows How to Control Time in Ae’s Essential Graphics Templates.

No doubt one of the biggest and widely used features in recent After Effects history is the Essential Graphics panel. Still, if you classify yourself as an artist and not as a scripting, tinkering, linking and connecting technical person, the new Ae panel doesn’t become too enticing when you want to do some more complicated things with it. Like, for instance, control time for an After Effects template.

Higher level controls are where Evan Abrams comes in, with his latest that look at how to retime your animations on an essential graphics level. Of course and as expected with After Effects the technique requires a family of expressions to achieve that result. Still, if you want an animation to last longer, or synchronize with events in the project, having the ability to re-time events without diving into the inner workings of a template is a huge advantage.