Easy Clones 2

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Quick Overview

Easy Clones is a cloning system built for 2D artwork, including Bitmap Layers, Vector Layers, Shape Layers and Precomps.

Easy Clones

A cloning system built for 2D artwork, including Bitmap Layers, Vector Layers, Shape Layers and Precomps.

Easy Clones creates a flexible clone system that allows you to quickly and easily apply line and grid position spacing, add randomness to position, scale, rotation and opacity properties, add random colours, loopable wiggles, maintain stroke widths and an inbuilt delay system to your animations. Although the tool is built for 2D artwork, 3D Layers are also supported.

How it works: Easy Clones creates a Clone Control Layer that controls basic properties (position, scale, rotation and opacity) that can be modified further using the controllers within the Easy Clones Effect. Artwork layers are transformed into Clones that reference the Control Layer whilst remaining completely controllable, allowing you to fine-tune and tailor your animations.

Please make sure the anchorpoints are centred on your artwork layers before creating a clone system.

The trial version is limited, you'll only be able to use Delay, X and Y position. If you purchase a license, you will need to recreate any existing systems in order to unlock the full functionality of the script.

Easy Clones 2.0 New Features Overview

New features include

Line and grid spacing
Improved delay controls
Delay applied to Clone Layer transformations
Loopable wiggles
Consistent stroke widths
Ability to change number of random colours
Improved expression management for faster previews and renders

Spacing Wiggle Loops Consistent Stroke Width

Quickly and easily add randomness to your animations with easy-to-use controllers

Easily create glitch effects by animating the seed controllers

Easily build flexible stagger animations without the need to adjust keyframes

Clones used to form dust. Delay Expressions added to Trim Paths Clones used to make a trial effect

Create Environmental Effects
Easily build dust and smoke effects using Delay, Random and Wiggle controllers

Delay Expressions
Easily add delay expressions to any property, expanding the limits of the tool. Path, stroke width, trim paths or any keyframeable property can be added to a clone system, all being controlled by one Control Layer - adding unlimited possibilities to the tool.

No More Echo
Create trail effects using a small delay, giving you more control and quicker renders than the in-built Echo Effect.

Get Creative

Easy Clones creates a flexible system that encourages the user to get creative. Use parenting, expressions, effects and more in combination with Easy Clones to create truly unique animations.

Clones used as leaves. Clones used as ladybugs. Clones used as traffic.


After Effects 2024, 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, CC 2019
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    Blend allows users to define property states on start and end controllers. The system will blend the difference between the two states across a desired number of objects.

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