New Tutorial: Energy

In this new tutorial we will be creating some powerful energy using the AE built-in particle system. With a little work and some patience you might be able to create something this cool.

The project file contains the tutorial files as well as my original comp at HD resolution for anyone that wants to see exactly what I did.

Watch Tutorial

Waste more time

Little more time killing

Felix Lanyi
June 30th, 2008 @ 12:00 pm
June 30th, 2008 @ 12:09 pm
Mortal Combat....Epic. Nice tutorial man!
June 30th, 2008 @ 12:13 pm
Very nce! THX from Hungary! ;)
June 30th, 2008 @ 12:16 pm

June 30th, 2008 @ 12:17 pm
You released this exciting tutorial on my BIRTHDAY!! YAY
Some Guy
June 30th, 2008 @ 12:21 pm
Wow! A new tutorial! Thank you!
June 30th, 2008 @ 12:22 pm
"waste more time"

"little more time killing"
Andrew, your awesome! man
June 30th, 2008 @ 12:29 pm
Wow, the uses are endless. Thanks Man. Great stuff :-)
June 30th, 2008 @ 12:37 pm
great, great tutorial, particle system tutorials are always nice, and its nice when u demonstrate it in cc particle world as well, turns out to be a pretty powerful plugin

but i just got to say that its interesting how the rss feed from the blog updated with this post about 9 hours or something before the tutorial and actual blog post went online XD
June 30th, 2008 @ 12:45 pm
good stuff ,very intresting and very usefull.
thnks for the hard work you doing.
June 30th, 2008 @ 12:47 pm
nice one.
Morten Enoksen
June 30th, 2008 @ 12:51 pm
June 30th, 2008 @ 12:59 pm
scrooge: I had exactly the same thing, good to know I wasn't the only one =)
June 30th, 2008 @ 1:14 pm
Most excellent! Thanks for the cool new tutorial Andrew!
June 30th, 2008 @ 1:21 pm
Teacher! Mother! Secret Lover!
Morten Enoksen
June 30th, 2008 @ 1:27 pm
Hey, I say two plugins under the VCP tab in your effect list!

Quick Matte. Are you hiding something for us, Andrew?:P
June 30th, 2008 @ 1:59 pm
Very nice job, as always! This tutorial will definately come in handy sometime in the future!
June 30th, 2008 @ 2:17 pm
Very nice, very nice. I got like 3 things I can use this in to, sooo excited!
June 30th, 2008 @ 2:19 pm
Not bad... You still got alotta learning to do kiddo. Compared to us pros you're like a little kid playing wit AE at home. COURSE, I'm only joking and absolutely loving these tutorials man. I'm good with max and maya... then I came along this page you posted on CG society and thought hey, let me check it out. Now I'm hooked into learning this piece. Thanks buddy.
June 30th, 2008 @ 2:21 pm
Now you need to make a tutorial on how to create those killer beats.
Reptile Slaughter
June 30th, 2008 @ 2:24 pm
Lots of useful things here. Just the twister in itself is going to come in handy. You could use it to simulate a platic bag that dances with the wind. You could make the bag do that for fifteen minutes. It would be like a little kid begging you to play with it.
ömer tatlisoz
June 30th, 2008 @ 2:29 pm
andrew Kramer:big master ...:)
June 30th, 2008 @ 2:37 pm
What plugin you guys talking about?
and where is it?
June 30th, 2008 @ 2:40 pm
Just got home. Cant wait to try this!!!
Peter Valcanas
June 30th, 2008 @ 2:49 pm
Holy crap Batman! This blew my mind! You would never know that it was a still background! I might haven to skip ahead and try this one.

Thanks again for the great stuff Andrew!

June 30th, 2008 @ 2:54 pm
My fav.. my favorite part is when, is when Reptile kicks Liu Kang into stuff. =)
Awesome, amazing, happy-time tutorial, Andrew. From what wondrous place in your mind do these ideas spurt?
I both hate and love you. >=|

*Bows in respect*

June 30th, 2008 @ 2:58 pm
Thanks as always. I was just looking at a tutorial from the Creative Cow podcast on iTunes and it just reminded me of how much I appreciate what you do Andrew.
June 30th, 2008 @ 3:01 pm
The Reptile VS Lui Kang fight was always my favorite from the film...
June 30th, 2008 @ 3:07 pm
Excellent tutorial. Thanks a lot for this Andrew!
June 30th, 2008 @ 3:12 pm
June 30th, 2008 @ 3:20 pm
Haha, those Mortal Kombat videos sure brought some memories back.. :) Can't wait to watch the tutorial, thanks again.
June 30th, 2008 @ 4:03 pm
great tutorial! i always forget about those hidden options in the particles.
June 30th, 2008 @ 4:04 pm
Damn I wasted so much time watching all those cool fx from way back, that I have no time to see the tutorial now... bugger.
June 30th, 2008 @ 4:05 pm
btw, The Reptile kicks ass.
June 30th, 2008 @ 4:27 pm
Once again awesome awesome stuff. Hey guess what Andrew, using your techniques and my own innovative design
I was able to win 2 Promax and 10 Telly awards. For those not sure those are big time awards in the commercial editing business.
We spoke at the AENY meeting a few months back, so it was really glad to meet you in person. Since then I have made incorporating more 3D and AE is my main mission. Its the only logical step to take my work to the next level.
It seems the way the industry is heading and with your help I am making the transition in a much smoother fashion.
Thanks for all your hard work. Keep turning the industry upside down.
June 30th, 2008 @ 5:08 pm
AK You've done it again - Much appreciated. Your tutorials are second to none and your products are perfect! Please release more so we can get to purchasing!!!
Mr. Spy
June 30th, 2008 @ 6:05 pm
MK Rulez!!!!!!!!!
Down, Forward, Back, Back, High kick!!!! :)
Great tut! Thx.
June 30th, 2008 @ 6:35 pm
Hey andrew , i get to the part where i luma invert the smoke and when i go back to increase the birth size it does not effect the particle ,so why is that?
June 30th, 2008 @ 7:06 pm
Great tutorial. Could we see more tutorials on applications of particle systems in the future?
June 30th, 2008 @ 7:12 pm
Great tutorial Andrew,
Thanks again for giving of your time to inspire us once again :)

Here are some very young students doing old saber effects but there are doing it very well, check them out they may give you that extra kick of inspiration as well.
June 30th, 2008 @ 7:15 pm
wow very nice tut after a while, thnx Andrew
June 30th, 2008 @ 7:21 pm
This tutorial was awesome! Great job!

Here's my go at it:
Kenneth Powers
June 30th, 2008 @ 7:29 pm
Yo, Andrew, I've been searching a long time for an After Effects cheat sheet that would have things such as keyboard shortcuts and common scripting commands. Do you know where I could find one? Or maybe VCP could make one?
June 30th, 2008 @ 7:45 pm
gr8!!! u must really love mortal kombat...
June 30th, 2008 @ 8:08 pm
Awesome. Finally we get to see this tutorial ;)
June 30th, 2008 @ 8:19 pm
COOL dud, Thanks...
June 30th, 2008 @ 8:39 pm
Hi Andrew,

This is a very useful Video Tutorial.


Brian Williams
June 30th, 2008 @ 8:50 pm
Excellent job Andrew! You always seem to find ways to make visually solid good looking effects.
mena lamee
June 30th, 2008 @ 9:28 pm
Hi Andrew,this .great tutorial .
June 30th, 2008 @ 10:08 pm
Hey dudes, this is my attempt at the energy . waited for so long to do somthing like that for my zone.
June 30th, 2008 @ 10:26 pm
Thank you, Sir for this great tutorial..
June 30th, 2008 @ 10:30 pm
Possibly one of the coolest tutorials so far.
June 30th, 2008 @ 11:11 pm
I can use this for my movie yipieeeeeeeeee
June 30th, 2008 @ 11:32 pm
July 1st, 2008 @ 12:47 am
This tutorial really opens your mind on what u could do with all the different particle layers good work Ak..........
July 1st, 2008 @ 12:49 am
These tuts are getting closer to what u would see in a cinema movie from Hollywood COOL
July 1st, 2008 @ 1:54 am
Wow! Thank you ANDREW KRAMER!
July 1st, 2008 @ 2:07 am
seems to be good tut
by the way... didn't like mortal combat thing i felt stupid :)
July 1st, 2008 @ 2:19 am
Thank you Andrew!! ;)
Once again!
July 1st, 2008 @ 2:47 am
I can't believe that in 50+ comments no has typed:


You guys just aren't geek enough... :)
July 1st, 2008 @ 2:51 am
this is for a hollywood big budget movie. of course there we would need some more detail and more complex rendering.we would also need to animate the camera better to get it more life. but the idea is for a blockbuster IMO.
July 1st, 2008 @ 2:52 am
Hey Andrew,

you are my "private" God :-)

Thank you very much for this very greate tutorial!

July 1st, 2008 @ 3:08 am
Good idea for a movie, I would called it "Twister". Yeah, Helen Hunt is pretty good for it, I'll call her. Thanks for the idea, man!
July 1st, 2008 @ 3:38 am
AAA! Fantastic tutorial. Thank you for share such professional looking stuff!
July 1st, 2008 @ 3:41 am
The Particle Twirl is Awesome!
July 1st, 2008 @ 4:09 am
Thank you very much for this very greate tutorial!
tommie12P(Thorsten Miess)
July 1st, 2008 @ 6:03 am
the tutorial is great! and i wasted my time, yea, i have enough, somebody wants some time? can sell very cheap! anyway great tut
Jorrit Schulte
July 1st, 2008 @ 6:26 am
Bad Andrew! Hiding Plug-ins, Don't do that :P
but What is Quick Matte? (Want it Want it Want it!)
Haha, well...
i Ectualy have some Funny things to say By Sucking particles,eh
like... **** ******
I think Stars are funny

no realy What is Quick matte?
July 1st, 2008 @ 6:34 am
Dear Joris,

You don't have Quick matte??? Andrew sended it to all of us some time ago! It's one of the best plugins there is in the GFX world! And he shared it with all his friends here at VCP, I think it was mailed last week or so.

I use it for all of my movies now!.. I couldn't miss it for the world.

the Netherlands
Jorrit Schulte
July 1st, 2008 @ 6:43 am
Ja grapjas, Een matte :P
dat is voor Luma keying enz.


PS. Yea i hate it to When people Type in their own languages
Moca MX
July 1st, 2008 @ 6:55 am
Rod can you send me that plug in please
July 1st, 2008 @ 6:58 am
I was just jokin around! ;) But you took it as a man! I'm proud of my fellow Dutchman! :)

AK, there are days I would like to write some stupid jokes and b... sh.. in here but I know we have to stick to the blog rules etc. We should realy start some kind of forum where we are allowed to do so and also ask each other questions etc. Creative Cow is quite hard to use because of their structure with the quistion/answer folding.

I think to have a simple forum/site or even a official one with moderators asigned by you among the current fan's would have a great tribute to the community.
And not just a tribute but it would be so much easier to ask simple questions to users who also visit your site daily (hourly, minutly haha)!

If you say and I quote, Guys, I don't mind, just go ahead and make an independent site?! I hope somebody has the knowledge to make something like such a forum.. I would volunteer as a moderator!

Jhong higwa
July 1st, 2008 @ 6:59 am
I don't think he is serios about it...
Jorrit Schulte
July 1st, 2008 @ 7:12 am
Wel... Now wait For A comment From Andrew...
In the main time... i go watch Some fighting scénes
`CharLeS x
July 1st, 2008 @ 7:20 am
just I finish buying the mortal kombat version for ps3, and this is a good one, by the way, andrew what is your nick of ps3, i remember you say that have the COD4?
July 1st, 2008 @ 7:30 am
I saw this when AK selected the Twitch effect.

Effects -> Video Copilot -> Quick Matte

When do we get to hear about that? Or have I been asleep and missed it?
July 1st, 2008 @ 8:41 am
@ Alan, Maybe a custom plug-in they created to help them in their own projects, tailored to suit whatever process they have. Don't think they'd sell a Matte Plug-In seeing as there are many options available.

Tutorial is good. Always helps to play around with Particle World. Liked the Sucking gag too!
July 1st, 2008 @ 9:20 am
Hi! this is cool, btw i need to buy a new camera, someone here that knows a great camera that costs about 700-800 euro?
July 1st, 2008 @ 9:49 am
It is not a future product. That's all I can say.
July 1st, 2008 @ 10:32 am
My God...You are my Idol!!!!


Jorrit Schulte
July 1st, 2008 @ 11:12 am
oke, but can get it in the future?
July 1st, 2008 @ 12:34 pm
Nice Man , You are my AE Hero^^"

Thank You Very Much.
July 1st, 2008 @ 1:42 pm
Watch out Andrew once you let the trolls into your workspace there is no way to ward them off. Unless of course you have a professional troll slapper on hand .
July 1st, 2008 @ 2:07 pm
Mortal Kombat vids are too sweet...
I'm laughing like a child...
July 1st, 2008 @ 2:44 pm
Werthy, I'm not sure the euro-dollar conversion but in America you can get the HV30 for around $800. It's a small HDV 24p camera. Very cool stuff, to see it in action, go to and look at the footage forum.
Some Guy
July 1st, 2008 @ 3:22 pm
@ Werthy: Before buying a HDV cam think about the future and buy a Canon HF100. You can see some footage of it on as well. If you don't bother to film on tape, then Canon HV30 is the best camera you get for 800 euro.
Maxim Ouellet
July 1st, 2008 @ 6:19 pm
Time wasting was nice but the tutorial... not so good... LOL

It was jokes! I LOVED the Tutorial

(canadian french quy = bad english... lol)
July 1st, 2008 @ 10:00 pm
Another great things from Andy!!!
Thanks alot.
You are so inspiring!!!!!!!
July 1st, 2008 @ 10:17 pm
That was awesome...I am so gonna use the twister thingy ;)

By the way...those 'time wasting' videos werent a waste of time at should do some of the effects from Mortal Kombat :D
July 2nd, 2008 @ 5:16 am
Saludos desde CHILE !!

Hi, here are my test with this tutorial. Goku transforming in Super Saiyan 3, jeje only for fans..

Thanks for the tutorial.

PD: Sorry for the bad english, i am learning..
Daryl Booth
July 2nd, 2008 @ 9:34 am
I notice Sam was not in this tute....

Is that coz he was on this clip instead?

Nice tute BTW
July 2nd, 2008 @ 9:52 am
great tut, thanx !!
youtube make it a bit dark .....
July 2nd, 2008 @ 10:29 am
Ok.... this is crippy... stop to read my thinking. I was traing to find a way to do Aang's avatar state transformation and this gonna fit pretty well I think.
(Again, sorry for my English)
nick hardy
July 2nd, 2008 @ 10:33 am
great tutorial Andrew, here's what i did with it
July 2nd, 2008 @ 3:27 pm
THANKSSS for that it's GREAT ..

here's mine ..
July 3rd, 2008 @ 10:43 am
How bad am I that I went to the YouTube videos first to waste time before actually watching the tutorial!

I'm so lame!
July 3rd, 2008 @ 11:57 am

Dope, had me laughing a lot! nice job combining the cameras zoom and AE to dolly around. Makes for a very smooth piece!
July 3rd, 2008 @ 10:54 pm
So. My Wild Zone Energy video

Andrew, thank you!
July 5th, 2008 @ 1:30 pm
AWESOME tut, andrew. One of my favs! Here is my attempt
July 11th, 2008 @ 9:58 am
Cool Comment Number 100!
July 17th, 2008 @ 8:09 pm
Here is my version... The Burgernator!

Made from scratch (Don't have CS3) with a few other F/X learned from Andrew thrown in as well.
I have to say a body double was used and I don't know who he was even.
December 2nd, 2010 @ 9:27 am
lol Mortal Kombat...I miss that game.
May 20th, 2013 @ 6:41 pm
Hey Andrew, I loved this tutorial and I was thinking of using this concept in a video. what is a way I could put a person inside of the energy?
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