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If you are new to Adobe After Effects and looking to create a Controller layer that controls the Size, color, rotation, and opacity. Then this tutorial is best and easy for you. In this tutorial, I will show you to create a simple controller in Adobe After Effects. No plugin, no expression needed. I am gonna show you how you can easily create a controller using one single Adjustment layer.
Let’s get started.
Step 1: Open After Effects and create a new composition. Rename it, Controller, and Set the resolution to 1920×1080 Pixels. Frame rate to 30 frames per second and set the duration to 5 seconds.
Step 2: Go to Layer > New > and Select Solid. Rename it to the background. Go to the Effects and presets, and Search the Fill.
Drag and drop to the background layer. We have a color property under the effects.
Step 3: Select the Type Tool from the toolbar, and add your text. Align the Text to the center. Go to Effects & Presets, Search the Effect Fill, and drag and drop to the Text layer.
Step 4: Go to the Layer > New > Select the Adjustment Layer. Rename the layer to controls.
Step 5: Right-click on the controls layer > Go to Effects > Expression controls. Select color control. Select the Effect and duplicate it.
By pressing Control+D on the keyboard. Now, we have 2 color controls. One is for the Text, and the other is for our background.
Step 6: Right-click on the controls layer > Go the effects, > Go to Expression controls > Select Slider control. Rename it and then change the value to 50. Let’s make it duplicate, and rename it to Text opacity. Lock the effects and controls. Select the text layer, and press E to open the effects. Go to Fill > Hold the Alt key on the keyboard and click the stopwatch icon to add an expression. Just drag the pick whip to the text color. The text color would be changed as per our effect color.
Step 7: Now, do the same process for the opacity control. Then Press S to open Scale properties. Hold the Alt key and click the stopwatch icon to add an expression. Drag the pick whip to the text scale.
We are done! Our Controller layer is ready.
Here you can download the free project file (File Size: 23 KB)