Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Wiggle Paths, part of After Effects Apprentice 14: Shape Layers.
There are a few self-animating shape effects.…There's Wiggle Transform, which we'll deal with later, and Wiggle Paths.…What Wiggle Paths does is again break up your shape to the line segments in…between the vertices.…It gives you Size and Detail kind of like zigzags, so I'll knock it down…to fewer wiggles in between my segments and increase their Offset, choose…whether or not they are smooth or sharp, but most fun of all, I'll press the…spacebar to start a playback.…
You'll see that it automatically animates all on its own.…The default speed is 2 wiggles a second.…If you want to make it a little more dreamlike, you can slow it down to say half…a wiggle a second, and now you have a much more slow movement.…The Correlation decides whether or not the movement is completely random between…segments, where you'll get all sorts of craziness going on here,…or as you get very high, like up into the 90s, whether or not the shape keeps its…general outline in a more solid way but still wiggles.…
In addition to auto-animating by using the Wiggles/Second parameter you can…
The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. These tutorials are designed for After Effects CS4 through CC, and can be used on their own or as a companion to the Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice.
- Drawing parametric shapes and pen paths
- Creating multiple shape groups
- Exploring Wiggle Paths and the Wiggle Transform effect
- Defining gradient fills
- Creating a swarm
- Blending multiple shapes into a texture
- Crafting and animating dotted and dashed lines
- Combining effects, layer styles, expressions, and the Brainstorm tool with shape layers
- Showing tips for stylizing sidebars
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Drawing Shapes
2. Multiple Shape Paths
Creating compound paths8m 14s
3. Shape Effects
4. Crosshair Exercise
5. Abstract Texture Exercise
6. Map Path Exercise
7. Animated Logo Exercise
8. Ray-Traced 3D and Shapes (CS6 only)
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