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Ricky GluskiFloating Dust Particle Effect
by on Feb 28, 2011 at 1:22:11 am

I am trying to create a particle effect, like that of dust that floats and gently hangs in the air. I've read some other particle advice here (I tried playing with Particular, and Particle Playground) but haven't been able to achieve the soft slow effect I need.

Any ideas?


Here is a reference, behind the rain there is dust floating, but it has to be view at 1080 fullscreen to see it:

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Eddy RoseRe: Floating Dust Particle Effect
by on Feb 28, 2011 at 7:32:18 am

I didn't really get a good idea of what level you're at, so here's a recipe for some simple hanging dust off the top of my head. If you're looking for something more complicated get back to me.

Particular Dust

1. Make a really large emitter,, large enough to fill your screen.

2. Turn that velocity waaaaay down.

3. Go to the start of your timeline and turn the particles per second WAY up,, now keyframe that value.

4. Move forward one keyframe and set that particles per second to 0. This way you won't have dust magically appearing throughout your piece,, iow the number of particles on the second frame will remain constant throughout. If you want more or less particles change the value on the first frame.

5. Turn the longevity of your particle up to match the length of your piece,, you don't want your dust to disappear midway.

6. If you don't feel like making your own particle texture I recommend using the smoklet or cloudlet at a very small size. I don't like using the sphere cos it's too round, dust isn't perfectly round.

7. Mess around with the turbulence if you feel like it... but as it stand you should have some pretty decent looking dust going on.

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Michael SzalapskiRe: Floating Dust Particle Effect
by on Feb 28, 2011 at 4:37:16 pm

I can't see the example video due to network restrictions where I work, but this tutorial [link] might help.

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Aleksey TarasovRe: Floating Dust Particle Effect
by on Jul 31, 2013 at 6:37:57 am

I know this is an old thread, but I would like share these links with anyone who finds this topic via Google:

Free floating dust overlays:
Full package is here:

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