Joysticks 'n Sliders

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Author: Mike Overbeck

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Quick Overview

The industry standard pose-based rigging system for After Effects with limitless applications.

Joysticks 'n Sliders is a pose-based rigging system for After Effects with limitless applications. 

Joystick controllers are commonly used in 3D character rigging for facial animation. With this tool, you simply set five consecutive keyframes to represent your origin, right, left, top, and bottom extremes. With those layers selected, you can instantly create a joystick controller on the stage that will interpolate between those extremes appropriately.

Joysticks and Sliders is such a joy to use. I’m really excited to see a tool that lets you skip so many complicated parts of rigging so you get down to animating. Highly recommended! -
Adam Plouff (
Andrew M.
Animated Mouth Dancing Hipster Stair Animation Cube animation using Sliders


For many characters, you may want to have replaceable parts like mouth packs for different angles. Joysticks 'n Sliders lets you create a Switch Template to help you automate the swapping of those assets according to your joystick's position.

Sliders are similar in setup to Joysticks. While sliders may feel more technical than joysticks for controlling your animation, they can be much more powerful. Unlike joysticks, there is no limit to how many poses you can create with your layers. Additionally, you can mix them together in any way you wish. This is great for rigging hands, eyes, mouths, or even a set of poses for the entire body of a character. It can even be used for motion graphics and abstract animation.

Joysticks 'n Sliders works great with puppet pins, Limber, BAO Bones, PuppetTools, DUIK, and Rubber Hose. Add it to your rigging arsenal today!

More Joysticks 'n Sliders Tutorials and Process Breakdowns

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Trial Limitations

The trial version lasts for 7 days, limits you to four sliders per Slider Null, and disables the ability to move your controllers to a parent composition.

Known Issues

Joysticks n Sliders 1.7.5 is not working for After Effects CS6. Currently working on a bugfix to restore compatibility

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