The comprehensive box preset for After Effects.
Shape layers are everything. At least in my work, that's almost literally true. Perhaps the most useful item in any shape layer setup is the Rectangle Path. Anything from UI mockups to complex character rigs can benefit from these handy boxes. Problem is, their controls are hidden under twirl upon twirl-down, they use array properties you can't separate, and they always scale from the center. There are solutions though. Enter, the Rigged Box.
By linking to a neatly designed pseudo effect, boxes can have scale vertically and horizontally... independently. Boxes can scale from any edge or corner using the X and Y Anchor properties, an especially useful feature for UI design.
That's honestly all this tool is. When I first put it together, I had no idea how often I would use it. The accessibility of a layer's width and height as effects means you can easily reference it from its children, a method particularly useful in animating responsive design mockups. I've used a version of this for years and always find new uses. I'm excited to see what you'll do with it too!
Please contact me if you have any questions about using this preset!
Rigged Box v3.0 was built with Kyle Martinez.
See his work at kyle-martinez.com and give him a follow at @kyletmartinez.