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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
3D Dance Show in After Effects

3D Dance Show in After Effects

When Ari Grunzeweig needed to create a dynamic promo, he turned to a remarkable combination of keyed footage, particles, and the dynamic 3D compositing and cameras in Adobe After Effects to build a virtual world exploding with dance and light. Take a look to see how to build your own 3D world in After Effects.

Tutorial, Feature
Ari Grunzeweig
Adobe After Effects
Customize Text in After Effects

Customize Text in After Effects
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Rob Mize demonstrates a number of techniques to create your own unique text with After Effects. Learn how particles, masks and combinations of effects can be used to create and animate an unlimited library of text customizations... all without 3rd party plugs-ins.

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
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 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
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
Creating a Snow Globe in After Effects

Creating a Snow Globe in After Effects
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Here's a fun project just in time for the holidays. Rob Mize shows you how to use shapes and solids in After Effects to create your own custom snow globe that you customize with your own media. Use particles and fonts to create organic or ornamental snowflakes, all without the use of 3rd party plug-ins.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Rob Mize
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
Adobe After Effects
Creating a Shotgun Blast using 3ds Max and AE: Part 1

Creating a Shotgun Blast using 3ds Max and AE: Part 1
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Many people are interested in creating and incorporating 3d generated footage into live action. In this 2 part tutorial, Michael Park will demonstrate how to create a shotgun blast at the camera using 3d rendered particles and distortion trails along with some 2d footage to create a convincing effect. In part 1 of this tutorial, we will create the 3d shotgun pellet geometry and material, as well as the distortion trails to be later used in the after effects composition.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Michael Park
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.

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Jim Geduldick
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
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
Making Titles or Objects Turn to Smoke and Disappear

Making Titles or Objects Turn to Smoke and Disappear

The illusion of making something go up in smoke tends to be popular all the time. Here Tobias Lind provides a quick tutorial on how to make this happen in After Effects. The result is pretty cool and quite realistic as you'll see for yourself. And it contains no particles.

Tutorial
Tobias Lind
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