Join Owen Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding random motion with Wiggler window, part of Creating a Handmade Look in After Effects: 1 Paper Cutout and Stop Motion.
It's really hard to create smooth moving elements…with stop motion animation.…And in after affects,…it can be just as hard to keyframe random and choppy…motion that actually looks authentic.…But, After Effects is loaded with various motion…and wiggle tools that enable you to animate…as random and choppy as you'd like.…They call this random motion Wiggle.…In chapter seven, 0701, I've got a lot of layers here.…I don't want to accidentally mess anything up or…nudge something out of place,…so I'm going to lock off a few layers…and Shy Guy my texture and shadows.…
I'll start by going through and just…locking off anything with texture or shadow in the name,…other than the background texture.…I'll then go and…select the little Shy Guy icon over here…for each of those as well.…Then, I can just enable the Shy Guy and the layer settings,…and boom, a lot less to worry about.…When I hit the space bar,…I have a little rough animation on the background texture,…but it's not rough enough.…So, I'm going to add some keyframes…using the Wiggler Window.…
Mograph artist Owen Lowery shows how to build the text and image elements, add texture, and then animate the graphics for a stop-motion look. The lessons demonstrate how versatile Adobe After Effects' tools can be when you stretch them beyond their traditional uses and employ some creative problem solving. Members are encouraged to experiment and adapt the techniques shown to other styles and projects.
- Adjusting composition settings
- Designing shape layers in a cutout style
- Creating a paper-like texture
- Building cutout type
- Animating elements for a stop motion look
- Adding imperfection and randomness with wiggle expressions