Kaylee - The original Wiggletype

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Created by the illustrator who brought you the Juno opening title sequence, Kaylee is hand-drawn, animated typography for motion graphics designers, filmmakers and animators.

 

 
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Hand-drawn by Smith & Lee

Each character was hand-drawn four times, scanned at high resolution, then converted into Quicktime and PNG image sequence loops that you can use in your projects.

 
 
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Whimsical, yet flexible

Kaylee was designed to imbue a sense of hand-made warmth and charm to your projects, yet be tonally flexible. It doesn’t always have to be “quirky.”

 
 

Easy to use

Simply drag and drop each character into your After Effects composition to create your animation. Add fills, apply effects, distort... go to town. Here’s a quick-start tutorial that shows you how easy it is to start using WiggleType.Click here to download a sample word ("YES") to see if Wiggletype works for you.

 
 

Includes fills and outlines

Each character includes an outline and a solid fill. They can be used individually or in combination with one another. And since they include alpha channels, it’s easy in After Effects to change their color and apply effects.

 
 

High resolution

We’re accustomed to working at high resolutions for our film title sequence work, so Kaylee was scanned and prepped at a high resolution. The uppercase characters are approximately 730 pixels in height.

Click here to download a sample character ("A").

 

 

Character set

Our first release of Kaylee has a limited character set that includes punctuations, standard symbols and a few arrows.

 

 

Technical Specifications

Before you purchase WiggleType, we highly recommend watching our quick-start tutorial about how to use it. You can download a sample word here to try it out.

We prepared WiggleType on a Mac in After Effects. While we haven’t tested it in other applications and operating systems, we imagine that it can be used in other ways. Please take a look at the specs below to see if it’s something that will work for you:

 
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Each WiggleType character is contained in a Qucktime file using the Animation codec.

 

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We also provide 4 frame loops for each character as PNG image sequences.


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The files contain premultiplied alpha channels


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6 frames per second
We found this to be the most pleasing frame rate to produce the “wiggle” effect, and it’s evenly divisible into 24 and 30 fps compositions. However, you may adjust the frame rate to produce different wiggle speeds using the “interpret footage” menu in AE. In fact, there's an entire tutorial about this in our tutorial section.

 

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The duration of each Quicktime clip is 10 seconds. If you need it to be longer, simply apply a loop to the footage using the “interpret footage” menu in AE.

 

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WiggleType is not a font. It is designed to be hand-set in After Effects. You will place and position individual characters into a composition. Because of this, we do not recommend it for typesetting large amounts of text. It is much better suited to small amounts of text (for instance, title cards or commercial tags).

 

watch kaylee in action

 

We love using Wiggletype in our own animations. In fact – we originally created it to help us save time and money on our own projects.

Smith & Lee created a short film for the feature documentary Girl Rising, and used Kaylee in it: