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Creating A Flame on Your Finger with After Effects

Creating A Flame on Your Finger with After Effects

It is easy to do some motion tracking and attach a basic stock footage element of fire onto your hands, but there is a little bit of work involved if you actually want to make it look good. In this intermediate tutorial by After Effects expert Tobias, you'll see how to use a fire stock footage element to set your thumb on fire! There are lots of useful tricks for null objects, expressions, and more in this tutorial that will help you create all sorts of other cool visual effects -- or set even more things on fire!

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Tobias Gleissenberger
Adobe After Effects
The After Effects Man of Flame

The After Effects Man of Flame
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Rob Mize demonstrates how to turn your actors (and other images) into a raging blaze of living flame. Combining CC Particle World with a number of other effects and some animated masks, you'll be able to fire up your productions without any 3rd party plug-ins... "Flame on!"

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Creating Fire Using CC Particle World

Creating Fire Using CC Particle World
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In this video tutorial with Steve Lidrbauch, you will learn how to build fire using just the built-in tools inside of After Effects, using CC Particle World, Turbulent Displace, Colorama, luma & alpha channels, and more. Also included in the instructions: A very simple expression which will give your fire a more organic movement; how to add extra realism by using simulated light flicker; and an expression that links particle world to a null object, giving you more control over your fire.

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Steve Lidrbauch
Adobe After Effects
Particle World Transitions: Part 1

Particle World Transitions: Part 1
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Rob Mize demonstrates how to use Particle World in After Effects to transition text, logos and other images into a variety of particle effects, including sand, dust, smoke, fire...even a melting effect.

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Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Igniting a Soccer Ball, part three

Igniting a Soccer Ball, part three
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In this video tutorial, Creative COW Leader Jeff Bellune demonstrates how to use the tools available in particleIllusion and After Effects to get a particle emitter source to track a soccer ball on fire in a video clip. Part Three shows how to mask the emitter layer in an After Effects composition, so that the emitter appears to be placed properly in the scene relative to the other video elements.

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Jeff Bellune
Adobe After Effects
Particle Playground on Ice

Particle Playground on Ice
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In this After Effects video tutorial from Creative COW you will learn how to generate snow using particle playground and also how to make the snow stick to other layers in your composition.

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Jerzy Drozda Jr
Adobe After Effects
Particle Playground on Fire

Particle Playground on Fire
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In this video tutorial you will learn how to generate fire and smoke particles from live action footage without using any keyframes or expressions.

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Jerzy Drozda Jr
Adobe After Effects
Using CC Filters and Displacement Maps to Create Fire

Using CC Filters and Displacement Maps to Create Fire

In this tutorial, CreativeCOW Contributing Editor Joe Chao creates ethereal fire using some of the CC filters and displacement maps in After Effects.

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Joe Chao
Adobe After Effects
Fractal Noise - A New Look at an Old Friend

Fractal Noise - A New Look at an Old Friend

When Adobe released After Effects version 7, the attention turned to major new features such as the user interface, 32bit HDR support and the graph editor. However there's another small update which is very significant for some users- the ''Fractal Noise'' effect is no longer confined to the Professional bundle, it's now included with the Standard edition. So for anyone who's never used the Professional version, or anyone who has never used Fractal Noise, Chris Zwar lifts the hood on this immensely powerful feature.

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Chris Zwar
Adobe After Effects
Building Your Own 3D Particle Generator

Building Your Own 3D Particle Generator

In this tutorial, Dan Ebberts demonstrates a method of generating motion that is random in both time and space and allows you to quickly assemble a composition with a pleasantly fluid, chaotic movement. Using this particle generator, we'll look at how you might create explosions, smoke, a fire blast, falling snow, and even a liquid-like flow.

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Dan Ebberts
Adobe After Effects
Flowing Title Effects using Adobe After Effects

Flowing Title Effects using Adobe After Effects

George Polevoy explores a method of creating a flowing title effect using Adobe After Effects. This effect was created before movies like Final Destination popularized the effect, and when George Created the article for us, it mind-boggled even the most advanced AE users. With this technique, you can add a variety of effects, such as smoke or fire, as well as an abstract 'flowing' for a visual element.

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George Polevoy
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