Free Fire Project

Here is a little test I made using CC Particle World and some vector blur to make Fire. It’s not perfect but an interesting study. One of the key things I did was used a wiggle expression on the particle birthrate to give a variable emission pattern like something was burning inconsistently. It’s a little slow to render but it is very high resolution.

Sample Video

Project File

Essentially it is 3D, although I haven’t tested it much for things like looking down on it… Currently it is only for AE CS3 but an After Effects tutorial may be possible in the future.

December 2nd, 2008 @ 12:09 pm
Wow that is pretty good
December 2nd, 2008 @ 12:13 pm
Looks nice!!!
Dave B
December 2nd, 2008 @ 12:24 pm
"Look I have made FIRE !!!" - Tom Hanks. Woooo thanks for giving us the gift us fire Mr. Kramer
December 2nd, 2008 @ 12:24 pm
December 2nd, 2008 @ 12:24 pm
sweet andrew.. grettings from netherlands
December 2nd, 2008 @ 12:33 pm
Cool! Thank you!
December 2nd, 2008 @ 1:08 pm
awesome, I've wanted something like this for a while!
December 2nd, 2008 @ 1:08 pm
Very nice!
December 2nd, 2008 @ 1:11 pm
What timing. I was actually starting to work on a shot for my reel that involved flames igniting from a person's hands. I think I know how to approach it but it'd be cool to see another perspective on it.
December 2nd, 2008 @ 1:11 pm
fire ill teach you to burn
December 2nd, 2008 @ 1:13 pm
any more news on Pro Scores???
December 2nd, 2008 @ 1:15 pm
Thanks for the fire project. I am still working on a fire design that started with the energy tutorial using CC Particle world with faded lens particles and a smoke like background.
December 2nd, 2008 @ 1:21 pm
December 2nd, 2008 @ 1:28 pm
Now I know why I bought all those products
ömer tatlisoz
December 2nd, 2008 @ 1:30 pm
thanks Andrew :)
December 2nd, 2008 @ 1:35 pm
That's hot.

Thanks, Andrew!
December 2nd, 2008 @ 1:45 pm
Hmm very interesting.
December 2nd, 2008 @ 1:54 pm
wow...looks so real bro!!!!
December 2nd, 2008 @ 1:56 pm
WOOOW! can't wait for tutorial!!!
December 2nd, 2008 @ 1:57 pm
Andrew, the link to video is broken, check please, thanks.
December 2nd, 2008 @ 2:08 pm
Lovely. I think I shall download this a play with it a bit.
December 2nd, 2008 @ 2:14 pm
thanks for the constant updates...and for the fire.
Ben Wotton
December 2nd, 2008 @ 2:15 pm
Hey Andrew...Did you use the method mentioned on the forums a few weeks ago?

Fire looks nice BTW
December 2nd, 2008 @ 2:23 pm
thanks it look really nice ..i have after effects cs3 but it says that its edited with after effects version and couldnt be opened with this version of after effects (my after effects cs3 version 7.0)
December 2nd, 2008 @ 2:24 pm
thanks it look really nice ..i have after effects cs3 but it says that its edited with after effects version 8.0 and couldnt be opened with this version of after effects (my after effects cs3 version 7.0)
December 2nd, 2008 @ 2:29 pm
Very cool. I opened in AE CS4 on the Mac with no problem. I'm amazed at how simple it is given how cool it is!
Some Guy
December 2nd, 2008 @ 2:31 pm
Wow, this looks cool. You are a genius. Thank you.
December 2nd, 2008 @ 2:58 pm
An amazing comp Kramer, very fluid and natural and wow, you are the man when it comes to taking AE to its max
December 2nd, 2008 @ 3:28 pm
Andrew is on Fire! Thanks man
December 2nd, 2008 @ 3:35 pm
I agree with Bones up there about the hand on fire thing. That's something I've been tinkering with but it's obviously not an exact science. If you could try something with engulfing someone's hand, like on Heroes, I can guarantee you will make a LOT of people happy =)

Peace bro
December 2nd, 2008 @ 3:36 pm
Nice Freebie AK!! We appreciate it! I'm looking forward to spending some $$$ on those scores though! Thanks for all your hard work --
December 2nd, 2008 @ 3:37 pm
I just watched your fire clip..and yeah man that's damn sexy
December 2nd, 2008 @ 3:38 pm
Thanks you rock
December 2nd, 2008 @ 3:41 pm
For some reason I can't seem to find CC particle world to buy it. Did they change the name? Suggestions? Went to the developers website. Couldn't find it there for some reason.
Kramer’s Evil Twin
December 2nd, 2008 @ 3:52 pm
Please be careful when playing with fire, you remember what happened to Prometheus!!!!
Dustin James
December 2nd, 2008 @ 4:05 pm
That looks spectacular... I will be playing with this for a while.
December 2nd, 2008 @ 4:21 pm


yOUR fAN #1

December 2nd, 2008 @ 4:27 pm
Combine this with the escaping soul tutorial and you can breathe fire!
December 2nd, 2008 @ 4:35 pm
if the flames could cause a light effect inside a room - that would be cool. You know how a flame looks inside a dark room where it flickers here and there....
December 2nd, 2008 @ 4:40 pm
That's pretty cool :D
December 2nd, 2008 @ 4:52 pm
AWW I have CS4 :(
Jim Stone
December 2nd, 2008 @ 5:09 pm
Nice work! Thanks again
December 2nd, 2008 @ 5:40 pm
Angel, It should work with CS4...
Aegis Kleais
December 2nd, 2008 @ 5:50 pm
Too bad it doesn't look that realistic.




Yeah right! :) It looks freakin' fantastic! I even put an ending apostrophe on my 'freakin', and I NEVER do that! (That's just how impressed I am!)
December 2nd, 2008 @ 7:17 pm
Looks realy great! The best fire made in AE i have seen so far, and i`ve seen em all ;)

Thanks VCP!
Ziran (Joe)
December 2nd, 2008 @ 7:27 pm
Hey how do you take video for custom smoke effects. I don't know how to film it.
December 2nd, 2008 @ 7:39 pm
Just reviewed the fire Project file - it cant be that good!

Even in quarter resolution it looks better then any AE fire I ever tried - and only with 4 layers! Some frames even look to me like a painting style.
I feel so numb right now - I think I´ll stop Motiongraphics, sell my PCs and try me tomorrow in Basketball or so...
December 2nd, 2008 @ 7:43 pm
Hi Ziran,

one way you could do it:
Film it against a black screen and use the Add or Screen Blendingmode for your smoke layer than in AE - That will subtract the dark wall.

Also theere is a plugin called "unmult" (which is freeware),it was made especially for removing blacks, its a no brainer to use!

Ask the Question again in the Forum, I am shure you will get a lot of help there!
December 2nd, 2008 @ 9:01 pm
Hello Andrew, I'm not sure if it was on this site or not, But I recall seeing a video you posted about good compositing in after effects. The movie was about a team that I guess was Ireland and they were moving across a area when they heard sniper shots and saw a mirror up in a sniper tower. At one point I guess the sargeant in charge got his legs blown off by a grenade or land mine. It might have been on im not sure but if you posted it will you please try to find it and re port it. I thought that video was amazing. Thanks ahead of time.
December 2nd, 2008 @ 9:02 pm
thank u Andrew!!!!!! keep up the good work!!!!!
December 2nd, 2008 @ 9:04 pm
Looks OK

Thank you!
December 2nd, 2008 @ 9:22 pm
That is HOT
December 2nd, 2008 @ 10:40 pm
Good Andrew, greetings from Chile!
your works is best
I’m JOE!
December 2nd, 2008 @ 10:49 pm
Hey Andrew,

Keep up the good work, I just saw a bunch of your products and tutorials put to interesting use. keep up the good work.

Yo go boy.
December 2nd, 2008 @ 11:18 pm
dudeee you got me into after effects!!
ur so cool if you want you can check some of my videos

thanks a lot!! and keep up the good work!
ps. can wait for pro scores!
December 3rd, 2008 @ 12:02 am
Andrew, have you been doing any more modeling? I swear this is you on my Golden Grahams cereal box. Or your evil twin!

Please send me a copy of Pro Scores for unearthing this revelation! JK :)
December 3rd, 2008 @ 12:24 am


Peter Wong
December 3rd, 2008 @ 1:25 am
I think these are sometimes more valuable than tutorials
December 3rd, 2008 @ 3:27 am
why is it not working on CS4?
martin troy
December 3rd, 2008 @ 3:45 am
Holy Cow Andrew!! i was just going to ask for a Fire tutorial!! you read my freaking mind!!! fire tutorials please!!!
December 3rd, 2008 @ 4:00 am
I think you read all of our minds with this one!
December 3rd, 2008 @ 4:03 am
It seems to be great
December 3rd, 2008 @ 4:15 am
Farhad Shafaq
December 3rd, 2008 @ 4:49 am
very nice , cool & so hot
December 3rd, 2008 @ 5:06 am
Great Andrew.... Thanks!
December 3rd, 2008 @ 5:11 am
Glad you guys like it, I'll have to start uploading more tests. I do so many...
December 3rd, 2008 @ 5:21 am
How do they create realistic fire in movies? Maya?
December 3rd, 2008 @ 5:28 am
There are different ways, you might want to check out Fume FX.
December 3rd, 2008 @ 6:23 am
cheers Andrew. think i've seen that plugin around, i'm studying animation at university so hopefully i'll be able to get my hands on it in max :P
December 3rd, 2008 @ 7:45 am
Yeah andrew!

Fume FX is one of the best way to make realistic fire, good job in AE!

Thorsten Miess
December 3rd, 2008 @ 8:48 am
"It’s a little slow to render but it is very high resolution."

but? -- because!

BTW :D , it looks so cool even though you may want to use stock footage to create realistic fire, its awesome if you haven´t stock footage available or just with the use of Titles and stuff like that!

I 1 2 c more tests of yours!
December 3rd, 2008 @ 9:04 am
Wow, its a pretty though to render it kinda heavy with particles :p
December 3rd, 2008 @ 9:07 am
wow awesome !!!

I wait for the tutorial, I have AE 7 Pro, not CS3 :(

Thomas A.
G Man
December 3rd, 2008 @ 11:09 am
you know what Andrew...
when I saw you use the Vector Blur on the previous thing, I was thinking it would be a great look for water...

but I would have never thought to try it for fire....

how did you get so smart?????
December 3rd, 2008 @ 12:49 pm
This is awesome man i already done 6 or so test videos using this effects in it
December 3rd, 2008 @ 1:55 pm
Epic as all ways. Keep up the good work.
Christopher Oliver
December 3rd, 2008 @ 2:00 pm
Wait, how the, you are the man. I have CS3 and I've been experimenting myself on how to create fire. Here you are mastering it like nothing. Dude you are the man and you deserve every penny of your work.

Christopher Oliver
Justin Von Konsky
December 3rd, 2008 @ 6:06 pm
Looks great Andrew! I've been looking for a fire effect for a while. Please make a tutorial compatible with cs2. Thank you so much!
December 3rd, 2008 @ 8:20 pm
As i am a stingy person, i haven't bought most of your packs of stock footage, but to put an editable fire effect like this on the web...for free? most sites would charge some ludicrous amount, but this is great. Thanks for all you have done for the online compositing community.
December 3rd, 2008 @ 10:37 pm
Absolutely beautiful
December 4th, 2008 @ 6:07 am
That’s pretty cool :D
Allen Ellis
December 4th, 2008 @ 8:43 am
Man! Usually I'm pretty good at picking apart your projects to see what you did, but this one blows me away.

It looks really really nice. Thanks so much so inspiring us yet again :)
Allen Ellis
December 4th, 2008 @ 9:40 am
By the way guys, in case you missed it this effect is *fully 3D*!

I added a jump-back in the background for reference. Pretty sweet :).
December 4th, 2008 @ 10:15 am
hi this is sahul

in my after effects missing some effects( cc particles,cc bend it...)

please help me...........soon

G Man
December 4th, 2008 @ 11:30 am
i like the vortex by the way...
very nice Mr. Kramer!
December 4th, 2008 @ 12:14 pm
Thanks so much for sharing this. :)
December 4th, 2008 @ 12:16 pm
It won't open for CS4 for me. :(
December 4th, 2008 @ 1:40 pm
Thank you!
December 4th, 2008 @ 3:27 pm
like real nice
December 4th, 2008 @ 4:33 pm
WOW! that's a damn good attempt! thank you!!
December 4th, 2008 @ 8:51 pm
Andrew you are the man! You know whats funny? This is a study of fire effects, but it already looks better than all fire after effects tutorials out there. Great Work!
December 5th, 2008 @ 12:15 pm
This is impossible. A few days earlier some team asked me to do a video and they wanted fire in it!!

Thanks so much. I tried the Particular Fire preset but this seems to look better!

Filip from belgium.
December 5th, 2008 @ 11:09 pm
Hey Andrew, i would be really happy if you could make a tutorial how to make such a fire with trapcode particular!

still nice stuff as always
December 6th, 2008 @ 3:32 pm
Hey Andrew, I like what you and your crew do very much,this is my first reply but i've been watching your tutorials from the beginning i've seen you mature and your work with it.Let me give you one lesson.
Alway's put your family first.
With their support you will never fail.

gr Ralph from the Netherlands
December 6th, 2008 @ 11:32 pm
It is a very cool effect, but there are some programs that can produce such an effect with less effort like Wondertouch particle illusion, or what do you think?
Peter Holmes
December 7th, 2008 @ 3:30 am
...and they said it couldn't be done without trapcode
December 7th, 2008 @ 5:46 pm
Awesome effect. ^_^
December 9th, 2008 @ 6:18 am
Very Nice effect !!
Thank you Andrew
I like the vortex too !
December 9th, 2008 @ 7:34 pm
Let it burn mate.
December 13th, 2008 @ 12:18 pm
it's perfect
Thank you Andrew
February 23rd, 2009 @ 9:50 pm
Nice.... I've always wanted to make AE fire. Thanks!
February 27th, 2009 @ 6:32 pm
hey andrew...great job with the tutorials...i've really learnt alot,, i was wandering if you cud make a music video tutorial with any of the cool effects available
March 4th, 2009 @ 8:45 am
you are going to become a legend.
March 6th, 2009 @ 1:51 am
Wow, this is brilliant Andrew thanks. I've been trying to make realistic looking fire for my brother's band's logo, now I've finally made it thanks to your amazing skills. I also used the 'free pizza' method you used too to add extra coolness to my logo.

I'll post a link to it once it's online for you to see :o)
March 6th, 2009 @ 9:41 am
Here's my logo using these techniques...

Thanks again Andrew.
March 9th, 2009 @ 7:34 am
I recently bumped into this site, and its amazing. Thank you Andrew, you surely deserve some donation for all your work that you are sharing.

A question that I have been thinking alot about:
Is it "legal" to follow your tutorials and then when its finished, can you sell it and make money out of it? Im only 15, so its nothing i can do, but Ive been thinking that it would be an easy way for people to just follow ur great tutorials, and then sell the high quality stuff they get from following the tutorials.

Thanks, Tim
March 10th, 2009 @ 4:33 am
I'd say that depends on the tutorial/site. Some places state that you can use the works in your own work and get paid for them, others say you can't.

Oh, the link above of mine doesn't work, damn youtube deleted the vid for some reason so I re-uploaded it...
March 10th, 2009 @ 7:26 am
What about this site, Doogle?
March 12th, 2009 @ 9:10 pm
Nice... Luckily, I'm upgrading to CS4 (from AE 7) at the end of the month so I'll be able to open these projects.

I've actually been downloading these projects and'll be so excited when I upgrade, this is AWESOME!
March 13th, 2009 @ 5:51 am
I found an answer for my question, its smart to read the FAqs before you ask questions, thats what ive learnt today!
March 16th, 2009 @ 11:08 am
hi,nice work dude.

hey guy's.
my aft fx don't have cc vector blur, plz help me where can i get it. is it a free one
June 3rd, 2009 @ 3:34 am
That cool...
I hope the tut video comes soon, we are waiting...
June 25th, 2009 @ 2:25 am
Hi! thanks for those very exciting video tutorials and contents of this page...

I'm really happy to found you and I'm learning a lot thanks to you...

I just have one question... Can you make a tutorial just the way you made the fire?

thanks and I'll be waitin' for it thanks
June 27th, 2009 @ 8:56 am
you are too much...keep it up!
July 29th, 2009 @ 11:34 pm
February 17th, 2010 @ 7:45 am
no one like you andrew, you like a father in vfx, not like a father but a father, thanks alot, greetings from Gozie n igbo boys in vfx
tunde adeoye
December 11th, 2010 @ 5:17 am
i am lucky to come accros u and d tremdious thing u do, i am happy, i'd stick wit ya! i'd luv to b another andrew kramer!
February 1st, 2011 @ 9:01 pm
Thanks lookin nice
April 2nd, 2011 @ 7:45 am
I like this and want to learn how to make it.

Could you give us tutorial,plz?
January 8th, 2012 @ 8:15 am
Hi, when I downloaded it, my Mac won't let me open it because it's .aep anybdy know why?
August 7th, 2012 @ 9:14 am
Andrew, you gave us the fire! Prometheus!
August 18th, 2012 @ 8:50 am
thxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx =)
September 20th, 2012 @ 9:33 pm
Awesome,thanks Andrew,greetings from India.
March 26th, 2013 @ 10:16 am
Awesome,thanks .. i like after effect and i like VIDEO COPILOT <3
April 25th, 2013 @ 4:14 am
It's so cool. Thank you very much.
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