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Cool Moves With The Wiggler

Cool Moves With The Wiggler


by Kathlyn Lindeboom
ronlindeboom.com, Cambria, California USA

©2001 by Kathlyn Lindeboom. All rights are reserved. Used at CreativeCow.net by kind permission of the author.


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Kathlyn Lindeboom gives users a look at some of the tools in Cult Effects 1.5. This second tutorial in a series uses Cult Effects CE Paint along with 1.5's new 'Wiggle' Controls. In this tutorial, we'll animate the Displacement Variation in the Wiggle Control in order to make the strokes dance into place. Cult Effects Paint is now the Vector Paint in Adobe After Effects 5..


    With Cult Effects Paint, you can paint directly in After Effects. It is a vector based, nondestructive tool that allows easy dust removal, matte touch ups, rotoscoping and animated masks for revealing objects, logotypes and much more. And sometimes, it's just for having fun.

    When the Cult Effects team first started working on the enhancement of CE Paint, they came up with the "wiggle" control, and they soon found that the wiggle could do so much more than they ever imagined.

    In this tutorial, we'll change paint colors and animate the Displacement Variation in the Wiggle Control.
    Cult Effects is Cool!

    So let's get started...



  1. Launch Adobe After Effects. Create a new comp. Mine is 320 x 240, 30 fps, 8 sec.

  2. Add a new solid, 320 x 240 or the size of your comp. Any color.

  3. Apply Effect>Cult Effects>CE Paint.

  4. Change your Brush Settings as follows:

    1. Radius: 5.0
    2. Brush Type: Solid
    3. Color: Any bright color. For my first color I chose a bright pink.

  5. For now, turn off wiggle control and change Draw Strokes... to All Strokes.

  6. With CE Paint highlighted in the Effect controls Window, control-click in the comp window. Go to options>shift-paint Inserts>continuous.

  7. If your pointer has not changed to a little circle, click on the icon in the comp window that looks like a stylus, and paint the first word: CULT.

  8. Change the color of the paint by clicking on the color palette. I chose a bright blue for my second color.

  9. Click on the stylus icon, and paint the word: EFFECTS.

  10. Change the color again. This time I chose a bright green.

  11. Click on the stylus icon, and paint: IS COOL!

  12. Now change the Draw Strokes... to Animate Strokes.

  13. Twirl down the Wiggle Control Arrow.

  14. Check the Enable Wiggling box.

  15. Change the following parameters:

    1. Wiggles/second: 1.50
    2. Displacement Variation: We'll animate this one in the next step.
    3. Displacement Detail: 3.50
    4. Pressure variation: 62.00
    5. Pressure Detail: 15.00
    6. Check the Individual Stroke Seeds box.

  16. In the timeline, twirl down the arrows until you see the Wiggle Controls. Turn on the stopwatch for Displacement Variation and set the following keyframes:

    1. Time 00:00--300.00
    2. Time 02:00--600.00
    3. Time 05:00--0.00

  17. Make your movie and watch the strokes wiggle into place.




See also part one, part three of this series.

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