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steve simonHow to create abstract, swirling smoke particles?
by on Feb 1, 2012 at 5:56:46 pm

Hello,

Does anyone know what effect / software is used to create this? Can it it be done in After Effects? It's sort of a swirling blue smoke like particle system.

Example from the "Art Beats" page. Link:

http://www.artbeats.com/clips/DRM115/NTSC

Thanks!
Steve


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Andrew SomersRe: How to create abstract, swirling smoke particles?
by on Feb 1, 2012 at 9:24:01 pm

You can do some of those effect using expressions/masks etc.

But by far the best particle systems for After Effects are Trapcode Particular, and also related, Trapcode Form and 3D stroke. You can get them all in the suite:

http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/products/all/trapcode-suite/


And here is a collection of tutorials on Trapcode, with lots of examples similar to what you were asking about:

http://www.rnel.net/after_effects-tutorials/the-best-trapcode-tutorials-on-...


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steve simonRe: How to create abstract, swirling smoke particles?
by on Feb 2, 2012 at 1:42:50 pm

Andrew,

Thanks for the response. I've been trying to figure this out using Paticular / Trapcode Form combined with a blur filter (vector blur / gaussian blur, etc.). The results were ok, maybe I have to spend a little more time with it.

It seems like Maya's fluid system might be a good way to go.


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Roland R. KahlenbergRe: How to create abstract, swirling smoke particles?
by on Feb 1, 2012 at 11:29:55 pm

The old AE Flame plugin would be ideal and really quick to setup. You'll have to google to see if it's still available. Otherwise, Fractal Noise may be an option as well as those mentioned in the other post.

HTH
RoRK

Intensive AE & Mocha Training in Singapore and Malaysia
Adobe ACE/ACI (version 7) & Imagineer Systems Inc Approved Mocha Trainer


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Roland R. KahlenbergRe: How to create abstract, swirling smoke particles?
by on Feb 2, 2012 at 7:34:07 am

Here's the link to download AE Flame - http://aescripts.com/ae-flame/

Cheers
RoRK

Intensive AE & Mocha Training in Singapore and Malaysia
Adobe ACE/ACI (version 7) & Imagineer Systems Inc Approved Mocha Trainer


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steve simonRe: How to create abstract, swirling smoke particles?
by on Feb 2, 2012 at 1:44:11 pm

Roland,

I'm going to check this out right now :) Thanks for your help!


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Roland R. KahlenbergRe: How to create abstract, swirling smoke particles?
by on Feb 3, 2012 at 12:34:04 am

You're welcome Steve.

Cheers
RoRK

Intensive AE & Mocha Training in Singapore and Malaysia
Adobe ACE/ACI (version 7) & Imagineer Systems Inc Approved Mocha Trainer


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