The Wiggle expression in After-Effects is a great way to make things shake, whether you are trying to simulate a camera shake, or move letters in a word in random directions, wiggle is the goto expression for motion designers for most of these cases.

Why I made Wiggle for After-Effects

The Wiggle expression in After-Effects is a great way to make things shake, whether you are trying to simulate a camera shake, or move letters in a word in random directions, wiggle is the goto expression for motion designers for most of these cases.

What’s a Rich Text element?

What’s a Rich Text element?

What’s a Rich Text element?

What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

However, there are a few problems with using the wiggle expression:

  1. You have to learn a little bit of JavaScript syntax to know how to use it (is the “W” in wiggle capitalized or not?
  2. You have to memorize the order of arguments. Is it wiggle(frequency, amplitude) or wiggle(amplitude, frequency) ?
  3. You have to guess and estimate which numbers to put into the expression. What would an amplitude of 500 looks like? Is 5 for frequency enough?
  4. Looping wiggle is not straightforward. Motion designers find themselves google searching for a “looping wiggle” expression multiple times a week.
  5. To customize wiggle, you have to learn even more JavaScript. What if you want to wiggle only the X dimension for example?

Wiggle for After-Effects by Good Boy Ninja

All of those issues stem from the fact that Adobe never went beyond its way to make wiggle an integrated feature. This is why I made the Good Boy Ninja Wiggle extension. It solves all of the problems above and more.

  • There is no need to write any code.
  • You can easily loop your shaky comp elements, which is great for most social media posts (anyone said TikTok?)
  • With a live preview, you can examine your wiggle before you apply it. No more guessing frequencies and amplitudes
  • You can easily wiggle a specific dimension (X, Y or Z). This works great for any multi-dimensional property, including scale.
  • It’s completely free and doesn’t require the tool to be installed to work, so if you need to send your project file to another artist they can simply modify the expression.

You can download Wiggle for free right now. I can’t wait to hear what you think.

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