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Tutorial: How to Make Your Logo Wiggle in Adobe After Effects 2015

The wiggle effect is a common look that editors use to enhance and add some randomness to a logo, text, or graphics. This tutorial demonstrates two quick ways to accomplish this look.

Using Pre-Built Wiggle Effects

The other option for adding a wiggle effect is by using the pre-built effect within After Effects. Navigate over to the Effects & Presets panel and do a search for "wiggle." Now, you can use any of the effects here, but I'm going to use Wiggle Gelatin for this tutorial (Figure 3, below).

Figure 3. Pre-built Wiggle effect options

Drag it over to the logo. You can see in the RAM preview in the tutorial video at 2:06, that just by adding this effect, we have a default wiggle that has been applied.

Now, you can leave this alone if you're happy, but I'm going to customize the effect with options in the Effect Controls panel for the logo (Figure 4, below). Starting with the wiggle speed, here you can change this to a faster wiggle by increasing the value. Beneath that value, you can increase or decrease the wiggle amount.

Figure 4. Tweaking the Gelatin Wiggle effect in the Effect Controls panel for the logo.

You have even more options to fine tune the look under the Transform section. There, I'll move down to the rotation area and add a key frame at the beginning by selecting the Stopwatch button. Then, I'll move the CTI to 10 frames in, and add another keyframe by changing the revolution value to 2x. Now the logo will rotate twice over this period of time.

You can see a RAM preview of everything we've applied at the 2:47 mark of the tutorial video.

This technique is a really cool and quick way to create motion graphics for videos, looping logos, and even events. Give it a try in your next creative project.

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