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Particular Basic Training Session FOUR: Sticky Snow

Particular Basic Training Session FOUR: Sticky Snow
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In this fourth tutorial in the Particular Basic training series, Michael Park answers a user's forum question on how to accumulate particles on 2d footage using Particular. He will demonstrate a very handy technique to create an interactive layer perfectly tailored to the background elements and then have particles accumulate on those surfaces. As always, the project file is available for free download to reverse engineer or simply try out.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Trapcode
Particular Basic Training Session THREE: The 3D Starfield

Particular Basic Training Session THREE: The 3D Starfield
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In this third installment of the Particular Basic Training series, Michael Park will show how to use Particular to create a realistic 3d star field for all of your animation needs. Along the way, he will use and explore some features of Particular including motion blue, high dynamic range, and the physics time factor. As always, the project is available for free download.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Trapcode
Particular Basic Training Session TWO: The Stargate Wormhole

Particular Basic Training Session TWO: The Stargate Wormhole
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In this second Particular basic training tutorial, Michael Park will demonstrate how to recreate a portion of the wormhole sequence from the movie "Stargate" using Trapcode Particular and Adobe After Effects. Along the way, he will discuss some of the nuances of the wind and gravity forces available to use inside Particular as well as in in-depth discussion of the use and limitations of the built-in motion blur and a workaround using auxiliary particles.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Trapcode
Particular Basic Training Session ONE: The Fountain

Particular Basic Training Session ONE: The Fountain
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In this tutorial, Michael Park will teach some basic skills for using Trapcode Particular by creating jets of water using particles to enhance a still image of a fountain. In doing so, he will explain some critical features of Particular and new features of Particular 2.0 while using some built-in effects to pull the scene together.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Trapcode
Creating a 3d Winter Scene with Photoshop and Particular

Creating a 3d Winter Scene with Photoshop and Particular
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In this video tutorial, Michael Park spreads a little Holiday cheer by creating a stylized Winter scene, complete with true 3d text and a forest of trees. Along the way, Mike will demonstrate how to create 3d text inside of Photoshop, and then import and integrate and animate that text in After Effects. Unlike other methods utilizing only After Effects, this method creates true 3d extruded text using Photoshop's 3d capabilities inside of After Effects. In addition, Mike will show how to populate and custom color an entire forest with Particular in a manner of minutes. The only thing you need to bring is the hot chocolate.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Trapcode
Trapcode Particular: Fall Transition Effect

Trapcode Particular: Fall Transition Effect
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In this tutorial, Michael Park will demonstrate how to create a festive fall transition using some leaf textures along with Trapcode Particular. He will show how the new capabilities of Particular 2.0, including true 3d rotation and dynamic interaction with lights, can make a simple linear wipe interesting and unique. He also gets to show off his three beautiful daughters.

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Michael Park
Trapcode
Text to Sand using Particular

Text to Sand using Particular
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In this video tutorial, Michael Park demonstrates how to use Trapcode Particular to turn text into sand. During the process, he will show both how to make the text blow away like find dust into the wind, or drop onto a floor layer like heavier sand. This tutorial was made in order to answer a question posted on the Trapcode forum requesting assistance in creating this effect using Particular.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Trapcode
Underwater Bullet Trails with Trapcode Particular

Underwater Bullet Trails with Trapcode Particular
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Using After Effects and Trapcode Particular, Michael Park demonstrates how to take a simple picture of a bullet, and step-by-step, create an underwater environment with lead flying everywhere. Along the way, various aspects of Particular will be explored and explained.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Trapcode
Trapcode Suite Reviewed

Trapcode Suite Reviewed

In this article, CreativeCOW's Jim Harvey takes a look at Trapcode Suite from Red Giant Software--nine plug-ins that will get a workout in any studio.

Review
Jim Harvey
Trapcode
Creating a Waterfall

Creating a Waterfall
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Michael Park demonstrates how to create a waterfall using After Effects and Trapcode Particular. This tutorial is in response to a couple of posts on the Trapcode Forum of CreativeCOW.net looking for this type of effect. This tutorial uses Particular 2.0, but the work flow and settings should work equally will with previous versions of Particular.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Adobe After Effects
Blowing Flowers

Blowing Flowers
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In this video tutorial, CreativeCOW leader, Eran Stern demonstrates how to create flower trails using Trapcode Particular in this special holiday episode. You'll also work with the light emitter and use 3D layer to obscure particles.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Eran Stern
Trapcode
Create Lottery Balls with ParticularCreate Lottery Balls with Particular

In this tutorial, CreativeCOW contributing editor Tony Agliata demonstrates how simple expressions can generate multiple custom particles in Particular to create an animation of bouncing, floating Ping Pong balls--similar to a those in a lottery drawing.

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Tony Agliata
Adobe After Effects
Building a Cube World: Part 4Building a Cube World: Part 4
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In this tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Carl Larsen shows you how to track a lens flare onto a 360 degree camera-aware environment using Trapcode Horizon.

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Carl Larsen
Adobe After Effects
More Of The Same Thing - Part 5More Of The Same Thing - Part 5
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Contributing Editor Eran Stern shows you how to duplicate elements in After Effects using Trapcode Echospace plug-in.

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Eran Stern
Trapcode
Creating Advanced Glitter using Expressions with Trapcode Particular

Creating Advanced Glitter using Expressions with Trapcode Particular
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In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader, Michael Park, demonstrates another, more advanced method for creating shimmering glitter particles using Trapcodes Particular. The main advancement is the implementation of 3d rotation of the glitter particles, as well as using expressions to convert the rotation of the particles in all 3 axis to drive a greyscale map, which in turn is used to color the particle using colorama and create the shimmer effect when the particles face the camera.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Trapcode
Creating Shimmering Glitter using Trapcode Particular

Creating Shimmering Glitter using Trapcode Particular
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In this tutorial, Creative Cow leader, Michael Park, demonstrates how to simulate shimmering glitter particles using fractal noise, colorama effect and Trapcodes Particular plugin.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
Adobe After Effects
Building Up Particles

Building Up Particles

This tutorial by animator James Lee demonstrates a building up of particles to simulate a disintegrating hot air balloon using Trapcode Particular and Adobe After Effects.

Tutorial
James Lee
Adobe After Effects
Creating Paper Ribbons and Confetti

Creating Paper Ribbons and Confetti

Often for festivals and celebrations, we are asked to create animations involving colorful ribbons and confetti. In this tutorial, Joe Chao creates the ribbons and confetti and then demonstrates a couple of ways to shoot them out of a cannon. This animation would be useful, not just for Christmas, but for any festival.

Tutorial
Joe Chao
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Logo Assembling Animation

Creating a Logo Assembling Animation

Joe Chao was once required to create an animation in which a flock of fireflies assemble into an insect shaped logo. In this tutorial, Joe demonstrates a quick method to duplicate the effect using Trapcode Particlular.

Tutorial
Joe Chao
Trapcode
Particular - Frequently Asked Effects

Particular - Frequently Asked Effects

Ever since Trapcode Particular was released one year ago, many people have developed a keen interest in this tool. However, even after this time many people find themselves confronted with problems. Regular questions on the Trapcode forum here at the COW clearly prove this. This tutorial is meant to explain some of the commonly asked questions and make your life easier by giving a few tips and tricks as well as some simple expressions.

Tutorial
Mylenium
Adobe After Effects
Creating Liquid LIght by David Zandnerg

Creating Liquid LIght by David Zandnerg

In this tutorial, David Zandnerg creates a 'Liquid Light' background element using some basic knowledge about Trapcode 3D Stroke & Shine and Turbulent Displace from Adobe. The important thing to remember is that this tutorial is flexible, so change it as you like to whatever works for you in terms of shape, color and size. Also keep in mind that the tutorial is designed to give you some idea of the simplicity of After Effects for creating abstract art or to just have fun.

Tutorial
David Zandnerg
Adobe After Effects
Building the Cage: Part 4 of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Building the Cage: Part 4 of the Golden COW by Serge Hamad

Many of you have seen Serge Hamad's various animations in the After Effects forum at CreativeCOW. In this 5-part tutorial, Serge demonstrates the steps involved in re-creating his "Golden COW." In this tutorial you will be creating the cage around the planet. You will need 3D Stroke from Trapcode as well as Invigorator Pro or Classic for this one. Note that with Invigorator Classic you won't be able to open the provided AEP though. The emphasis in this tutorial is on the use of the transparency mapping technique.

Tutorial
Serge Hamad
Trapcode
Dave LaRonde takes a look at Trapcode Shine

Dave LaRonde takes a look at Trapcode Shine

When Trapcode first introduced its Shine plugin, early practitioners marveled at its speed. Sure, Shine may be fast on a G4 or a Pentium IV machine, but what about a humble Powermac 9600/233? What if you're still using OS 8.6? What if you only have AE 4.1? How good is it working within those constraints? Dave LaRonde shares his experiences with using Trapcode Shine.

Review
Dave LaRonde
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