Wiggly Selectors

Wiggly Selectors (unlike Range Selectors) aren't used to isolate characters. Instead, they are used to add random animating changes to the characters already isolated by the Range Selectors. The random changes will be made to any Properties you've added to the Animator Group. For instance, if you've added the Scale Property and adjusted it so that its value is 200 percent, the Wiggly Selector will add random Scale changes to the characters as the comp plays. The 200 percent value will now act as a maximum Scale value. So as the animation plays, you'll see changes like this: hello, hello, hello. If you've isolated some characters with a Range Selector, only the isolated characters will wiggle. Try this:

  1. Create a Text Layer and twirl it open in the Timeline.

  2. Add an Animator Group by choosing Scale from the Animation menu in the Timeline. Increase the Scale Property to 200 percent

  3. Click the Add menu button in the Timeline and choose Selector>Wiggly.

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If you play the comp now, you'll see the Scale animating. Try twirling open the Wiggly Selector Group and adjusting some of its properties. For instance, you can add more wiggles per second by increasing the Wiggles/Second property value. To wiggle on a word-by-word basis instead of a character-by-character basis, choose Words from the Based On property dropdown menu.

As an alternative to using a Wiggly Selector, try twirling open the Range Selector > Advanced properties and setting the Randomize Order property to On. Whereas Wiggly Selectors randomize the amount of scaling (or rotating or whatever), Randomize Order randomizes which characters are scaled (or rotated or whatever) from within the Range Selector's boundaries.

After Effects On the Spot[c] Time-Saving Tips and Shortcuts from the Pros
After Effects On the Spot[c] Time-Saving Tips and Shortcuts from the Pros
ISBN: 1578202396
Year: 2006
Pages: 447

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