NEW TUTORIAL: Smoke Screen

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In this tutorial we will use various compositing techniques to create these smoke designs in After Effects, this tutorial also covers a couple new expressions.

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Both screens look really interesting.
ViViD Graphic Designs
6 years ago
Hey Andrew, thanks for tutorial i have made only about 5 videos and im almost a pro and i owe it all to you.....if i ever make it big il be sure to buy you a coffee ahahahahah jk take care bro
8 years ago
Andrew, Another great one. I've suggested your video tutorials to so many people because of your teaching style. You've helped me tremendously in learning After Effects - is there any chance you might do more tutorials that incorporate Cinema4D? Again, I only ask because as far as video tutorials go - no one does it like you.

Thanks for all the time you take to create these!
8 years ago
Hey Andrew,
I'll add my name to the long list of people who really appreciate the time you take to put these tutorials together. You mentioned that you use CS3 for your own work. Is there a place to see your commercial portfolio? It's probably listed somewhere here on videocopilot, but I don't see it.

Thanks much
Rob F
8 years ago
go 14 .47 in on the smoke screen tutorial and Sam makes a guest star appearance in his scary demon persona!! Spooky
8 years ago
Hey Andrew,

Is there anyway that you could make a tutorial all about expressions and coded animation, and how to work with it more tangibly? Thanks Andrew, love your stuff.

Dustin James
8 years ago
Thanks Andrew and gang! I really enjoyed this one. And thank you for the pace you were going.. I like it.. it makes me feel like we cover more ground..
Allen Ellis
8 years ago

Look for a tutorial called "advanced camera techniques". In there he explains his use of the null object. Also look at the Evolution Promo Breakdown linked on the right menu of most pages.
8 years ago
8 years ago
Hey, I notice that often the camera is moved around by the null object, like in the first part of the current tutorial. Is that a convenience, keeping this simple, or is there another more technical reason.

Love the tutorials.

8 years ago

Excellent tutorial!
The smoke creations and 3D space utilization are great techniques that can be applied to an assortment of visual solutions, that I'm sure I'll use in the near future

Always appreciate the knowlege sharing!!

Nightmare Kinetics
8 years ago
Kramer you rock! VCP is the best site for AE!
8 years ago
Thank´s that you assume to my aspire. I love you´re work.
8 years ago
You are awesome! Your stuff is really maraviwonderfull!!
Please say HI! to Argentina in your next tutorial!
I will really appreciate you not to forget my ruined country!
You have at least one big fan here!
I'm sorry for my bad english.
Good Bye!

8 years ago
Great Tute. As always.

In fact I must say I cannot really name a duff tute... Please try to make one so the `nay sayers` have grounds for complaint.
8 years ago
Really appreciate this tutorial Andrew. I can see so many uses for thie type of technique, especially with using Particular to randomise and distribute an element.
8 years ago
awesome tutorial, but what ever happened to that training dvd/bullet tutorial?
8 years ago
Too funny. I was just about to go do a cloud fly-by animation for some DVD menus I'm working on. I was just going to use some tweaks on a regular particle field, but I find this approach easier and more authentic.

Particular may look like a steep investment but it's one of a few worth making. I've seen other postings where people create entire crowds in concerts & clubs just by using a small piece of footage & Particular.

Really powerful stuff with infinite possibilities.
8 years ago
Hi Andrew, thanks a lot for all your video tutorials, you really help me in studying after effects. keep goining
8 years ago
This is my Idea with the smoke ,I aded a texture to the title
the punisher 2
8 years ago
That was great! You can bust my windows anytime!
Dean Doll
8 years ago
You can save your own Particular settings as a preset, so if you did the tutorial for example, you could just save the settings as a Morning Breath preset. Or whatever.
Saves Andrew from having to do that as well, unless he wants to. What do I know?
It's Wednesday and I want to go home.
8 years ago
I GOT IT THANKS ,just a thought it would be great in the future if you do a trapcode particuler presets i dont know if thats possible ,like the cold breath tutorial it would be great if you include d that trapcode in the project .and thanks for covering all the angels.
8 years ago
Thanks Jason, I think your right. The texture is from Evolution. The Smoke element is inside the project folder.
8 years ago
do we get the smoke from the project or how we get it?
8 years ago

I believe you stated that the background layer was from Riot Gear. Its actually from Evolution. Just posting this so everyone is not looking in there Riot Gear folder like I was wondering where it is.
8 years ago
Andrew ... YOU ROCK !!!
8 years ago
nice, i am going to watch it right now! it looks cool... keep up the good work as always
8 years ago
Hi Andrew,

This is a great new Tutorial


8 years ago
You are my Kwan.. thanks!
8 years ago
I'll name my daughter "andrew". Or Kramer, though it might be a bit uncomfortable for her:]

keep up the good work,

greetz from poland
Benjamin Mydland
8 years ago
Sweet! Can`t wait for the next one this week!
Dean Doll
8 years ago
This has sparked some renewed Turbulent Displace interest in my clouded mind. Very cool.

BTW, anyone attending NAB next week?
8 years ago
what can I say abt this tut, no words, how I man from a still picture to a realistic cloud, wow, just WOW

U R A Genius! thankyou Andrew.

8 years ago
AMAZING!!! That's really impresive! Knowledge is priceless! Thanks you so much Andrew!
8 years ago
Thank you andrew....!!!
Keep goining
Greg Harrell
8 years ago
it has nothing to do with fitness and health....but whatever...
Greg Harrell
8 years ago
Hey Andrew...

you can come to my house and break my windows if you want...

you will just have to deal with...


o yea,
check it's not smoke, but i still think its might look familiar
8 years ago
ace man, thanks! I loved the pace of this one
8 years ago
This is great Andrew, you gave me some good ideas to use this.

Thanks man.
8 years ago
tommie12P(Thorsten Miess)
8 years ago
NICE, Expression are useful. but i was to lazy to learn them!
Thanks for the tutorial! I m gonna watch it now
8 years ago
Thanks Andrew! We appreciate all you do for us.
8 years ago
Thank you Andrew! Very helpful tutorial.
8 years ago
W00T. Tutorial kicked butt.
8 years ago
cool, thanks again.
8 years ago
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Item 5. Be the first to comment of VideoCopilot Blog post.

Now I just need to...

Item 11. Punch my Boss

Item 24. Write in wet cement

Item 31. Spend a night in Jail

Maybe next time.
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