Link Colors Across After Effects Compositions Using Expressions

With the After Effects Expression controls, you can change colors across your project with ease. This saves time and is especially useful if there are different brand or style requirements for all of its deliverables including versioning needs that might arise between projects!

Learn how to link color across your entire project. In this tutorial, I show how you can use a color expression control to drive color for text across a projectPaul Conigliaro –

The same principles can be used for shape layers or any other single-color element in After Effects.

Creating a Color Link Expression in After Effects:

  • Setup a comp, in my case called “_control”.
  • Create a new adjustment layer and Add an expression control – Effects:Expression Controls:Color Control.
  • Lock Effects panel so it is still visible from other comps.
  • Add a Fill effect to the text layer you want to control – Effects:Generate:Fill.
  • Option-/Alt-click the stopwatch for color.
  • Pickwhip the color control to your expression control.
  • Copy & paste effect or text layer as much as needed.
  • Change the color control as needed and see it reflected across your project.