i have an animation that requires a black background with just some tinkling lights, where you can't see the bulbs just the lights, as if a lens with a star filter was shooting them. I usually do this by just duplicating and randomizing things, but can this be done easier with particular? I haven't used the plugin much but i figure nows a good chance to learn more about it:) Thanks for any help
You can do this any way you like and Particular surely offers tools fo doing that, but it's unclear what exactly you are after. Do you need a 3D fly around? Must your lights have a certain order, size and look? Do you intend to combine them with 3D rendered footage and so on, and so on...? Other than that, you should also look into other techniques like using fractal noise in combination with filters such as Glow or Starglow.