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sean rodrigues
Reflective confetti particles without plug-ins
on Dec 3, 2013 at 9:49:33 pm

Is there a way to make reflective confetti particles without plug-ins in AE CS6? I have a solid emitting square particles with CC Particle World.
I tried to use the Effect>Stylize>CC Plastic, but I could not see any shine nor relfection.

Sean


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Kevin Camp
Re: Reflective confetti particles without plug-ins
on Dec 3, 2013 at 10:21:23 pm

cc particle world has an option to render the reflection.

i would normally do this on two layers, so duplicate the solid with particle world on it. click the 'options' text at the top of the effect settings on the duplicate solid. then select 'rendering' and then select 'reflection on floor'.

you should now see a reflection of the particle system on the floor plane of the effect.

typically, i might reduce the opacity of that solid, add some blur or other adjustment to separate the reflection from the original system.

note, you can also duplicate just the effect (on the same layer) but in the 'rendering' settings of the second effect, check the option for 'composite with original', but it makes it harder to refine the reflection.

there's also this technique which should work with any 3d particle system:







Kevin Camp
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KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW


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sean rodrigues
Re: Reflective confetti particles without plug-ins
on Dec 4, 2013 at 1:25:16 am

Thanks, Kevin. I'll give it a shot with my particles.

Sean


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sean rodrigues
Re: Reflective confetti particles without plug-ins
on Dec 3, 2013 at 10:59:39 pm

Is there a way to assign a reflective material to the CC particle World particles?

Sean


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Kevin Camp
Re: Reflective confetti particles without plug-ins
on Dec 4, 2013 at 12:00:43 am

reflective particles... sorry i misread your original post.

i don't know a way to make the particles truly reflective. you can use a texture layer to texture some particle types (the particle types that have 'textured' as a prefix), and you can have that be an animated texture so you could try to fake it.

i've done 'glittery' particle systems that way, but the particles did reflect an environment or anything like that...

Kevin Camp
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KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW


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sean rodrigues
Re: Reflective confetti particles without plug-ins
on Dec 4, 2013 at 1:27:14 am

I'll try this, too.

Thanks, Kevin.

Sean


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Kevin Camp
Re: Reflective confetti particles without plug-ins
on Dec 4, 2013 at 7:01:30 pm

here's a tutorial for particular, but it does show show a simple way to make an animated texture for any particle system.

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/park_michael/glitter.php

Kevin Camp
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sean rodrigues
Re: Reflective confetti particles without plug-ins
on Dec 4, 2013 at 8:30:39 pm

Fantastic, thank you so much, Kevin.
Sean


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