OK, so I'm pretty sure most of you will know what Particular is but I thought I'd write a post about it, especially as you can find some cool presets hidden on the web. Particular is one of the most well-known plugins, published by Red Giant as part of its Trapcode suite. It is a very powerful and flexible tool for generating and animating particle systems utilised at some point by almost all motion designers, 3D animators and compositors. Most would agree that this is an essential tool.
Bleed by Tatsuro Ogata
A preset available to download on the Red Giant site, 'bleed' simulates the look of blood or ink dripping onto a page. In order to recreate the full effect seen in the sample animation, Tatsuro Ogata also used the Magic Bullet Looks and Video Copilot Twitch plugins, although these are not neccesary to achieve the basic effect.
Ink by Nick Campbell (greyscalegorilla)
Quite a complex preset that simulates ink dropping into water, you could learn a lot about how to use the more advanced features of Particular by poking around a bit, or you can let it do the work for you to create unique shapes each time by using sliders set up in the project.
Sparkler by Nick Campbell
Another preset by Nick Campbell that recreates the effect of a sparkler, along with a Motion Sketch tutorial on his website.
Playing with Fire by Shabello
A fabulous preset by Shabello, recreating that 'Kung Fu Panda fire look'. It's very interesting to see how she made it, just some expanding circles drifting upward that have various alpha mattes applied to mask each other out, and that is how she achieved a licking flame effect. You can download the After Effects file here to see how she did it.
If you havent got Particular yet, you can download it here, and there are some great resources and tutorials on the Trapcode site. To see what happens when the Trapcode suite tries to take over the world, take a look at the trailer below.
The Darkest Hour
Posted: Mon 5th Mar 2012
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