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Exploring wiggly options

From: After Effects Apprentice 06: Type and Music

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I am going to turn off the penguins movie in the background, so we can concentrate on the text. The title has no animation right now, so I'll twirl down the Text section. And I can animate almost any property, so let's animate Position for starters. And once I create an animator, I can then add a selector called Wiggly. The idea behind the Wiggly selector is that any value you set for Position, Scale, or Rotation, is setting the maximum amount that the characters can wiggle inside of.

Exploring wiggly options

I am going to turn off the penguins movie in the background, so we can concentrate on the text. The title has no animation right now, so I'll twirl down the Text section. And I can animate almost any property, so let's animate Position for starters. And once I create an animator, I can then add a selector called Wiggly. The idea behind the Wiggly selector is that any value you set for Position, Scale, or Rotation, is setting the maximum amount that the characters can wiggle inside of.

If I RAM preview, you can see the characters are going up and down but using the value I've set as their maximum amount. If I then add Rotation-- and let's just add a little rotation-- now the characters rotate clockwise and counterclockwise using the value for Rotation that I've set as a maximum amount. Once you've applied a Wiggly selector, you probably find it's just a little too hyperactive.

I'll reduce my Position value, just so it's jumping up and down a little bit, maybe about 50 pixels or so. I'll twirl down the Wiggly selector, and let's look at the options we have available. Some of these are far more useful than others. For instance, the Wiggles per Second, I know we always reduce that. Let's reduce it to about half, 0.5. Now, the characters wiggle up and down much more slowly. Another very useful parameter is Correlation.

If I set Correlation to the maximum, 100%, all of the characters will do exactly the same thing. In other words, they'll animate in unison. But if I reduce the percentage to a value in the 80s of the low 90s, the characters will still look very playful, but they tend to be easier to read. On the other hand, if I reduce Correlation to a low number, like 0%, the characters will look as different from each other as possible.

The problem now is that the viewer would have a very hard time trying to figure out what you're trying to say. So in general, I tend to increase the Correlation to somewhere in the 80s. Some of the other options you may not need to change at all. The Mode pop-up defaults to Intersect. That simply means that the Wiggly selector is intersecting with whatever characters are selected by the Range Selector. The Based on pop-up is set to Characters. That generally looks a little more interesting than Words or Lines. When I set it to Words, all the characters for each word will animate in exactly the same way.

I'll set that back to Characters. The Temporal Phase and Spatial Phase simply move the wiggle pattern in time or in space. And if you like, you can animate just the Temporal and Spatial phases, and turn the Wiggles/Second to 0. The next parameter, Lock Dimensions, is very useful when you're animating Scale. You might want the width and height to remain the same. However, if I enable it and wiggle position on both the X and Y axes, the characters will tend to animate on a diagonal.

That's because if they wiggle 10 pixels to the right, they must animate 10 pixels down, and so on. So generally speaking, I find if I need to enable Lock Dimensions for Scale, I may need to have two separate animators: one animating position with Lock Dimensions off, and the second animating scale with Lock Dimensions on. The Random Seed option is simply a way to scramble the result you're getting. So now that we have some idea how the Wiggly selector works, let's add our last property, which is Fill Color > Hue, and we'll increase the Hue value.

Now, you can see each character is taking on a slightly different color. You can set that to taste. Now remember, if your type is white or black, you won't see the color changing. That's why I started with a blue fill color.

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After Effects Apprentice 06: Type and Music

49 video lessons · 17850 viewers

Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer
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  1. 3m 35s
    1. Overview
      1m 35s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 0s
  2. 14m 51s
    1. Setting up
      2m 20s
    2. Entering, editing, and styling type
      5m 49s
    3. Using strokes
      3m 6s
    4. Working with paragraph text
      3m 36s
  3. 23m 21s
    1. Setting a title
      2m 31s
    2. Creating a text animator
      6m 54s
    3. Selecting by character vs. percent
      3m 0s
    4. Animating position
      2m 4s
    5. Animating more properties
      3m 31s
    6. Exploring text transitions
      2m 47s
    7. Randomizing order
      2m 34s
  4. 22m 49s
    1. The Cascade recipe
      2m 15s
    2. Exploring offset plus selection shapes
      4m 16s
    3. Working with ramp selection shapes
      4m 26s
    4. Using character anchor points
      4m 40s
    5. Further refinements
      7m 12s
  5. 9m 0s
    1. Working with selections based on words
      4m 16s
    2. Anchor point grouping
      4m 44s
  6. 15m 46s
    1. Using a vertical blur treatment
      3m 58s
    2. Animated tracking
      5m 46s
    3. Working with text on a path
      6m 2s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Per-character 3D overview
      5m 45s
    2. Enabling per-character 3D
      4m 4s
    3. Exploring per-character 3D rotation
      5m 7s
  8. 18m 37s
    1. Separating fields
      3m 48s
    2. Exploring wiggly options
      4m 28s
    3. Animating wiggles
      3m 18s
    4. Rendering with alpha channels
      7m 3s
  9. 45m 29s
    1. Adding audio
      4m 8s
    2. Audio levels
      4m 27s
    3. Spotting hit points
      5m 33s
    4. Timing to audio
      5m 25s
    5. Spotting dialogue
      7m 32s
    6. Timing dialogue to music
      6m 45s
    7. Mixing audio
      7m 53s
    8. Exploring audio refinements
      3m 46s
  10. 23m 9s
    1. Applying text presets
      5m 50s
    2. Browsing presets in Bridge
      4m 35s
    3. Editing presets
      6m 49s
    4. Saving presets
      5m 55s
  11. 16m 27s
    1. Working with Photoshop text
      4m 58s
    2. Keyframing source text
      4m 21s
    3. The Buzz Words preset
      7m 8s
  12. 20m 43s
    1. Exploring faux styling options
      7m 42s
    2. Tracking and kerning
      4m 56s
    3. Using smart quotes
      4m 8s
    4. Using hyphens and dashes
      3m 57s

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