Create Spirograph Animation in After Effects With Expressions

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Spirograph animation anyone? Some of you may remember the Spirograph, which was a geometric drawing toy that was kind of fun to play with. Fun fact, the toy was actually re-launched back in 2013. Under all the nifty geometric patters emerging form the plastic rulers and gears of the toy, was actually a solid foundation of maths.

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