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Video 4 of the Controllers & Expressions Series:
Angie’s blushing cheeks, part 1 of 2

In this video we start rigging a puppet named Angie. The original Angie was introduced in the archived (thus outdated) Angie Tutorials, but this file has been modified for this new series to include only Angie’s head. The rigging will be different for this head than it was in the original series as well. The first composition controller we will build for Angie will be able to change the intensity of her blushing cheeks. The composition controller is based on the same concept as in the previous project, except that the controller handle will be centered on the boundary box. This means this new controller will return both negative and positive numbers. Several useful expressions will be introduced in part two of this project, but first we have to set up the controller and default sliders in Part 1.

Controllers & Expressions Series announcement graphic

Angie’s blushing cheeks,
part 1 of 2

Downloadable work files: This 5.9 MB zip file contains the Illustrator files Angie Head v3.ai, Horizontal Controller Centered.ai, Switch Controller.ai, X Horizontal Controller 200px.ai, and X Y Controller 200px.ai which are used in the Angie’s Blushing Cheeks Project.

Rigging Angie’s Head zip file

A complete set of work files for all projects in this series is available on the directory page:

Controllers & Expressions Series

Video content:
  • 0.00 Introduction
  • 0.50 The controller’s Illustrator file
  • 1:17 Import the files & place the controller in the timeline
  • 2:12 Construct the composition controller
  • 6:14 Connect the opacity property & review the expression
  • 8:04 Add the gaussian blur effect
  • 9:16 Add slider controls to the effects panel
  • 10:11 Connect the sliders to properties and set the defaults
  • 11:24 End Credits
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