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How to Spawn A Clone in Adobe After Effects

How to Spawn A Clone in Adobe After Effects

Want to learn how to create a cool clone spawn effect in Adobe After Effects? Follow along with After Effects whiz Tobias from Surfaced Studio in this exciting new visual effects tutorial that combines green screen using Keylight, CC Vector Blur, the Liquefy Effect, CC Particle World, and much more, delivered in Tobias' inimitable style!

Tutorial
Tobias Gleissenberger
Adobe After Effects
Turning After Effects CC Particle World Into a 3D Galaxy

Turning After Effects CC Particle World Into a 3D Galaxy

Want to create an epic space scene with only the tools built into Adobe After Effects? Starting with After Effects' native CC Particle World, Graham Quince shows how to create a spectacular 3D spiral galaxy using null objects, 3D layers, and expressions to define where CC Particle World adds particles in (After Effects) space.

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Graham Quince
Adobe After Effects
Creative Fireworks in Adobe After Effects

Creative Fireworks in Adobe After Effects
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Rob Mize shares his techniques for using After Effects to create a variety of fireworks displays. All you need is CC Particle World, a few expressions and a reason to celebrate and you can light up your world with dazzling pyrotechnic effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
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
Working in 3D Part 2: Setting up a Static 3D Particle System

Working in 3D Part 2: Setting up a Static 3D Particle System
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In this second tutorial in a set of 4 on working in 3D space in After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to set up a 3D particle system so that all the particles are static for the whole of the composition. The reason why this is done is that as the camera passes the static particles, it helps to enhance or volumize the 3D space adding both interest and parallax into your scene. In the last 2 tutorials, Andrew will show how to set up a very quick and simple camera animation technique and then show how to finesse the animation of that camera for excellent results.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Working in 3D Part 1: Setting up a 3D Scene

Working in 3D Part 1: Setting up a 3D Scene
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In this first tutorial in a set of 4 on working in 3D space in After Effects, Andrew Devis shows how to set up your layers in 3D space and how to view all the layers without ruining your camera view. Andrew sets up 4 layers in 3D space, moving both their positions and rotations. In the next tutorial, Andrew will show how to set up a static 3D particle system which will enhance the 3D effect as the camera eventually animates through 3D space. In the last 2 tutorials, Andrew will show how to use a very quick and simple technique to animate the camera and then how to finesse the animation of that camera for excellent results.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Andrew Devis
Adobe After Effects
Flying Paint - Simulating liquids with AE particles Part 3

Flying Paint - Simulating liquids with AE particles Part 3
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In this final part of the "Simulating Liquids with AE Particles" tutorial, I demonstrate the Time Remapping function within After Effects to help further slow down the animation, before adding a few final cosmetic touches, with subtle texture generated from Fractal Noise along with some slight colour correction, grain and a vignette.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Matthew Tompkins
Adobe After Effects
Flying Paint - Simulating liquids with AE particles Part 2

Flying Paint - Simulating liquids with AE particles Part 2
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Exploring CC Particle World and CC Vector blur and setting up the initial simulation of liquid particles within After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Matthew Tompkins
Adobe After Effects
Flying Paint - Simulating liquids with AE particles Part 1

Flying Paint - Simulating liquids with AE particles Part 1
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Exploring CC Particle World and CC Vector blur and setting up the initial simulation of liquid particles within After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Matthew Tompkins
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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Steve Lidrbauch
Adobe After Effects
Creating the AE Cosmos: The Atom, Part 1

Creating the AE Cosmos: The Atom, Part 1
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In this edition of Creating the AE Cosmos, Rob Mize turns his attentions to the quantum universe. Rob demonstrates how to create a dynamic 3D model of an atom using only nulls, expressions and CC Particle World. Part 2 of this tutorial will focus on refining the motion and control of the atom.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Creating the AE Cosmos: The Atom, Part 2

Creating the AE Cosmos: The Atom, Part 2
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In Part 2 of creating the atom, Rob Mize shows how to use expressions and a null to consolidate and unify control of the separate particle layers' cameras. Rob uses the layer's stretch to adjust the speed of the electrons orbiting the nucleus.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Creating the AE Cosmos: Comets, Meteors & Asteroids

Creating the AE Cosmos: Comets, Meteors & Asteroids
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Rob Mize continues his demonstration of cosmic creation with the addition of comets, meteors and asteroids to the AE cosmos. Just like the real universe, they're all made with particles; no third party plug-ins required.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Creating the AE Cosmos: Galaxies

Creating the AE Cosmos: Galaxies
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Rob Mize continues his cosmic creation with the addition of a 3D galaxy. This tutorial also demonstrates the dynamics of the creative process by showing how parameters are adjusted to "tweak" the image to the desired result. All you need is CC Particle World and your imagination; though a galaxy created with Trapcode Particular is included in the project files. Future tutorials will add additional entities to the AE Cosmos!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Creating the AE Cosmos: The Sun

Creating the AE Cosmos: The Sun
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Rob Mize shows how to create a dynamic 3D sun in 3D space using only CC Particle World. He then demonstrates the versatility of this effect by adjusting the parameters to animate the sun into a supernova explosion. Look forward to more tutorials from Rob on creating other entities in the AE Cosmos!

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Particle World Transitions: Part 2

Particle World Transitions: Part 2
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Rob Mize further develops the techniques demonstrated in Part 1 of this tutorial. He applies the Particle World Text to Sand effect to 3D text created using the Shatter Effect, and composites that onto a background. He then reverses the effect, changing sand into an onscreen character who finally, blows away as dust in the wind.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Create an After Effects Tornado

Create an After Effects Tornado
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Rob Mize demonstrates how to create a tornado in After Effects and control all aspects of its appearance and movement. It's all done with Particle World so there are no 3rd party plug-ins required.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Graphs and Charts in After Effects, Part 2

Graphs and Charts in After Effects, Part 2
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In Part 2 of Graphs and Charts in After Effects, Rob Mize shows how to use particles (both Trapcode Particular and Particle World) to expand your creative options when generating and animating Bar Graphs, Line Graphs and Pie Charts in 3D space. This tutorial is part two of a two-part series.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Create Customized Transitions

Create Customized Transitions
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In this AE video tutorial, Rob Mize uses After Effects to create a unique customized matte wipe for use in popular editing systems like Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro and Avid. Rob uses After Effects' Puppet Tool to animate a bug graphic; then uses CC Particle World to duplicate and control the graphic for the transition.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
Adobe After Effects
Reverse Stabilization

Reverse Stabilization

Recently, CreativeCOW's Roland R. Kahlenberg reviewed Pete O'Connell's latest training DVD, Motion Tracking and Stabilization in Adobe After Effects and while Pete covered a lot of ground, Roland thought he'd add a short tutorial on Reverse Stabilization.

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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Looping Particle System

Creating a Looping Particle System
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow leader Aharon Rabinowitz (Along with the help of his daughter Noa) shows you how to create a looping particle system in After Effects.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
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.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Jerzy Drozda Jr
Adobe After Effects
Using the Puppet Tool with Particles

Using the Puppet Tool with Particles
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In this video tutorial, Creative Cow Leader Aharon Rabinowitz shows you how to simulate airflow over an object by using the After Effects CS3 puppet tools with the CC Particle World particle system.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Aharon Rabinowitz
Adobe After Effects
Using the AE CS3 Puppet Tool with Motion ParticlesUsing the AE CS3 Puppet Tool with Motion Particles

In this article, Toolfarm's Jim Geduldick talks about his workflow for using Apple Motion's particles with the AE CS3's Puppet tool.

Tutorial
Jim Geduldick
Adobe After Effects
Creating Footage with Shatter and Particle PlaygroundCreating Footage with Shatter and Particle Playground

In this tutorial, Roland R. Kahlenberg, CreativeCOW's resident Particle Playground expert, shows off the versatility of Particle Playground and Shatter to create a Shattering World Effect. He demonstrates how you can create a little ooomph and wow factor just by using what is already in After Effects.

Tutorial
Roland R. Kahlenberg
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.

Tutorial
Joe Chao
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
Adobe After Effects
Two or Three Color Special Effect

Two or Three Color Special Effect

We've all seen the scene in which everything is black and white except one color, but what if you wanted to have a two or even a three-color special effect? Well, this tutorial from Roland Kahlenberg, which we'll call Coolsville, will show you the way.

Tutorial
Roland R. Kahlenberg
Adobe After Effects
Fun in Particle Playground Land

Fun in Particle Playground Land

Roland R. Kahlenberg, CreativeCOW's resident Particle Playground expert, shows off the versatility of Particle Playground by creating a game that incorporates collision detection against a customized grid.

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Roland R. Kahlenberg
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.

Tutorial
Dan Ebberts
Adobe After Effects
Creating Snow with Particle Playground

Creating Snow with Particle Playground

When Shane Oborn first started using AE, the plugin that intrigued me the most (next to Trapcode's Shine) was AE's Production Bundle plugin called Particle Playground. After inquiring about it some on the Cow, Shane received awesome feedback from the community, and in particular from Rick Gerard. This pushed him to learn some interesting things about Particle Playground, and this tutorial is a result of just a couple of the things he has learned so far. Shane suspects that with PP being so open-ended, there will be many tutorials to come that will highlight its abilities. His hope is that this tutorial can help you take one little step further in your discovery of PP's wonders.

Tutorial
Shane Oborn
Adobe After Effects
Text that Blows away like Sand

Text that Blows away like Sand

In this tutorial, Emanuel Eriksson uses masks and Particle Playground in After Effects to demonstrate how to blow a text, or any object for that matter, off the screen as if it was made up by small grains of sand.

Tutorial
Emanuel Eriksson
Adobe After Effects
MAKING TEXT FLYMAKING TEXT FLY

When Marcus Gedult teaches After Effects, students often ask him if there's a way to make letters fly onto the screen from multiple directions and form a word. They want to avoid animating each letter on a separate layer and can you blame them? In this tutorial, Marcus demonstrates a couple of techniques that will do the job, one of which uses Path Text; the other uses Particle Playground.

Tutorial
Marcus Geduld
Adobe After Effects
Using GridSquares to Create Running Circles

Using GridSquares to Create Running Circles

Gridsquares is probably the best of the Geomancy filters to start off with. It's the most like a traditional particle system, and in fact, the only real difference is the use of the grid to control how the particles behave. In this tutorial, Jim Tierney explains the different parameters and helps take the 'fear' out of working with particle systems. You'll need Digital Anarchy's Geomancy filter for this.

Tutorial
Jim Tierney
Adobe After Effects
Smoke Effect

Smoke Effect

Alan Hamill demonstrates the use of Particle Playground to simulate rising smoke.

Tutorial
Alan Hamill
Adobe After Effects
Particle Playground: Experimenting with the COW

Particle Playground: Experimenting with the COW

Roland Kahlenberg demonstrates a small bit of what Particle Playground can do. You should experiment further once you've come to grips with the mechanics involved. You need the production bundle of After Effects for this one.

Tutorial
Roland R. Kahlenberg
Adobe After Effects
Simulating a Tornado in After Effects

Simulating a Tornado in After Effects

Mark Simpson uses the masking capabilities of After Effects along with some 3rd party plug-ins to simulate an animated Tornado. This tutorial is in response to the many requests about how to make a Tornado in After Effects. This simple tutorial uses the pen tool to create multiple masks in conjunction with the 'Turbulator' plug-in, to make a quick and dirty Tornado. It can't compete with the advanced particle emitters of a dedicated 3D app, but it is sure to be useful in some instances, where the lack of time or high end 3D tools required for a fully realistic tornado are not available.

Tutorial
Mark Simpson
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