NEW TUTORIAL: Smoke Screen

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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Sample Video

April 9th, 2008 @ 4:57 am
welcome new tutorials
you are lord of the effects
April 9th, 2008 @ 5:00 am
April 9th, 2008 @ 5:00 am
With 6 months to spare I can tick another thing off my 'Things to do before I turn 30' list.

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.
April 9th, 2008 @ 5:00 am
cool, thanks again.
April 9th, 2008 @ 5:11 am
W00T. Tutorial kicked butt.
April 9th, 2008 @ 5:14 am
Thank you Andrew! Very helpful tutorial.
April 9th, 2008 @ 5:35 am
April 9th, 2008 @ 5:38 am
Thanks Andrew! We appreciate all you do for us.
tommie12P(Thorsten Miess)
April 9th, 2008 @ 6:04 am
NICE, Expression are useful. but i was to lazy to learn them!
Thanks for the tutorial! I m gonna watch it now
April 9th, 2008 @ 6:06 am
April 9th, 2008 @ 6:18 am
This is great Andrew, you gave me some good ideas to use this.

Thanks man.
April 9th, 2008 @ 6:34 am
ace man, thanks! I loved the pace of this one
Greg Harrell
April 9th, 2008 @ 6:41 am
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
Greg Harrell
April 9th, 2008 @ 6:43 am
it has nothing to do with fitness and health....but whatever...
April 9th, 2008 @ 6:48 am
Thank you andrew....!!!
Keep goining
April 9th, 2008 @ 6:48 am
AMAZING!!! That's really impresive! Knowledge is priceless! Thanks you so much Andrew!
April 9th, 2008 @ 7:46 am
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.

Dean Doll
April 9th, 2008 @ 7:57 am
This has sparked some renewed Turbulent Displace interest in my clouded mind. Very cool.

BTW, anyone attending NAB next week?
Benjamin Mydland
April 9th, 2008 @ 7:59 am
Sweet! Can`t wait for the next one this week!
April 9th, 2008 @ 8:03 am
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
April 9th, 2008 @ 8:18 am
You are my Kwan.. thanks!
April 9th, 2008 @ 9:22 am
Hi Andrew,

This is a great new Tutorial


April 9th, 2008 @ 9:50 am
nice, i am going to watch it right now! it looks cool... keep up the good work as always
April 9th, 2008 @ 9:57 am
Andrew ... YOU ROCK !!!
April 9th, 2008 @ 10:16 am

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.
April 9th, 2008 @ 10:36 am
do we get the smoke from the project or how we get it?
April 9th, 2008 @ 12:01 pm
Thanks Jason, I think your right. The texture is from Evolution. The Smoke element is inside the project folder.
April 9th, 2008 @ 12:15 pm
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.
Dean Doll
April 9th, 2008 @ 12:43 pm
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.
April 9th, 2008 @ 12:55 pm
That was great! You can bust my windows anytime!
April 9th, 2008 @ 1:57 pm
This is my Idea with the smoke ,I aded a texture to the title
the punisher 2
April 9th, 2008 @ 2:30 pm
Hi Andrew, thanks a lot for all your video tutorials, you really help me in studying after effects. keep goining
April 9th, 2008 @ 3:19 pm
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.
April 9th, 2008 @ 6:58 pm
awesome tutorial, but what ever happened to that training dvd/bullet tutorial?
April 9th, 2008 @ 8:51 pm
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.
April 9th, 2008 @ 11:53 pm
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.
April 10th, 2008 @ 12:00 am
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!

April 10th, 2008 @ 12:29 am
Thank´s that you assume to my aspire. I love you´re work.
April 10th, 2008 @ 9:10 am
Kramer you rock! VCP is the best site for AE!
April 10th, 2008 @ 9:49 am

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
April 10th, 2008 @ 2:00 pm
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.

April 10th, 2008 @ 3:53 pm
Allen Ellis
April 10th, 2008 @ 4:35 pm

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.
Dustin James
April 11th, 2008 @ 9:20 pm
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..
April 12th, 2008 @ 10:17 am
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.

Rob F
April 13th, 2008 @ 1:55 pm
go 14 .47 in on the smoke screen tutorial and Sam makes a guest star appearance in his scary demon persona!! Spooky
April 14th, 2008 @ 6:32 am
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
April 16th, 2008 @ 2:19 pm
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!
ViViD Graphic Designs
May 31st, 2010 @ 11:59 pm
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
December 2nd, 2010 @ 8:15 am
Both screens look really interesting.
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