Join Owen Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding random motion wiggle expression, part of Creating a Handmade Look in After Effects 01: Paper Cutout and Stop Motion Styles.
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- I'm previewing this animation.…The text looks good, but maybe too good.…Something feels off.…When I look closely, I notice that the text…rotation is stationary, and that stands out.…So I want to add a little wiggle to it,…but I also want to keyframe…some stylized rotation later on.…I know the Wiggler window adds a lot of keyframes,…so that might not be the best option.…In stead, I'll use a simple expression to add wiggle…without adding all those pesky keyframes.…I'm going to pause playback and select the "O" layer.…
I'll hit r for rotation and then select the rotation.…There's a couple ways to add expressions,…but my favorite is just to hold down option…and click on the stopwatch.…As you can see, now we have an expressions layer…for our rotation, and our rotation value is red…to let us know that there's an expression on it.…I'm going to use a very simple wiggle expression.…Over here at the transform rotation,…I'll just make sure to click that so it's all highlighted,…and type in wiggle(8,5).…
What this means is I'm going to wiggle…
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