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Sean Worsell
How to create shredding or shearing effect
on Jul 15, 2009 at 4:09:52 am

I've seen it in films. The effect makes it appear as though a person or thing is being shredded by the wind. As if wind or a force is tearing or shearing away parts of the person. A sort of wraith like, ghostly effect. I've been playing with Particular to no avail. Anyone have any suggestions how to create this effect I'm describing? I believe I something like this in Lord of the Rings.


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Richie Tovell
Re: How to create shredding or shearing effect
on Jul 15, 2009 at 4:28:54 am

There's a couple of disintegration effect tutorials over at Video co pilot.net

http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/disintegration/

hope that's some help, you could also look in to using shatter instead of particualar maybe?


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Michael Szalapski
Re: How to create shredding or shearing effect
on Jul 15, 2009 at 7:30:42 am

As previously mentioned there are some good options at Videocopilot.net.
There's also this tutorial using Wondertouch's ParticleIllusion.
And you could always use the formerly famous text blows away like sand tutorial here at the COW.

Any of these techniques may be what you want. Or you could use them as starting points for your own ideas.
BTW, all of this can be found with quick Google search or two.

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Sean Worsell
Re: How to create shredding or shearing effect
on Jul 15, 2009 at 2:30:16 pm

Great advice. Thanks. I'll use the tutorials suggested. Though Creative Cow is a far more effective searching tool than Google. You guys gave me two perfect responses out of two (versus 2 million on Google). :-)


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Todd Kopriva
Re: How to create shredding or shearing effect
on Jul 17, 2009 at 11:39:42 am

I recommend searching using After Effects Community Help search. It is a Google Custom Search Engine that has been constrained to the websites known to reliably contain useful information about Adobe software---including Creative COW and Video Copilot. This is the same search that is used if you search from After Effects Help and uncheck the This Help System Only checkbox.

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Sean Worsell
Re: How to create shredding or shearing effect
on Jul 17, 2009 at 2:21:39 pm

Cool. I didn't know about that.


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