NEW TUTORIAL: Smoke Trails

In this tutorial we’ll use Particular and a single smoke picture to create pretty realistic smoke trails in After Effects. As a bonus I will also be using Optical Flares to add the bright lights.

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Check out our New Plug-in: Optical Flares!

February 8th, 2010 @ 10:57 am
Grat Tutorial continue like this :) can you send me a license for non profit use like a trial?????
February 8th, 2010 @ 10:57 am
Too bad I don't have Optical Flares.. :(
February 8th, 2010 @ 11:00 am
Very cool, Going to watch it soon! :)
February 8th, 2010 @ 11:00 am
Yes!!!! Finally!
February 8th, 2010 @ 11:07 am
this is so sweet cant wait to dive in!!!
February 8th, 2010 @ 11:07 am
Sweet Andrew thanks a lot!
February 8th, 2010 @ 11:12 am
Hey Andrew can't wait to see the tutorial and I actually made this video last week lol -
February 8th, 2010 @ 11:31 am
Thanks for this cool question...does the plugin include the rock concert tutorial and other project based ones?

Best from Uruguay
February 8th, 2010 @ 11:37 am
so sweet ! like it andrew ;) you rock !
February 8th, 2010 @ 11:39 am

Yes the DvD does include tutorials and the ones that you mentioned ;)
February 8th, 2010 @ 11:41 am
hey Andrew, I got 2 questions:

Would Optical Flares also work with 3D Matchmoving Software like Syntheyes?
Oh...and when will the promo vid be released? :D

Greetings from Autria
February 8th, 2010 @ 11:41 am
hey andrew , great tutorial , thanks very much
February 8th, 2010 @ 11:43 am
Finally, thanks a lot! great stuff ;)
February 8th, 2010 @ 11:45 am
Nice. I've been waiting for this one!
February 8th, 2010 @ 11:50 am
Thanks, this looks awesome!
Jon UK
February 8th, 2010 @ 12:01 pm
Such a fantastic product - It really takes home videos to the next level
February 8th, 2010 @ 12:01 pm
SWEET~!!! Nice Tutorial 11th to post :D
February 8th, 2010 @ 12:16 pm
Andrew, this is fantastic! I was waiting for a tutorial just like this one!!!
February 8th, 2010 @ 12:46 pm
Great!@!!!!!!! Ans when the promo for Optical Flares will be on line?
February 8th, 2010 @ 12:50 pm
thanks andrew .. sounds cooll.. lemme go n watch it ..

February 8th, 2010 @ 1:07 pm
February 8th, 2010 @ 1:27 pm
Hey Andrew, why do you like to use the transfer mode rather than the render on transparent feature? Is it a render time issue, just a work flow habit, or is there a visual difference? You've done it in several of the tutorials and promo material and I was hoping you'd enlighten us.
February 8th, 2010 @ 1:42 pm
Fantastic!!! Great tutorial, but , don't have the plugin :(
Matthew Park
February 8th, 2010 @ 1:54 pm
HAHA, sweet tutorial Kramer. Cheers!
February 8th, 2010 @ 2:04 pm
So, is there EVER a situation where telling OF to render on Transparent is a better choice than changing the transfer mode to screen or add?
February 8th, 2010 @ 2:04 pm
Looks Amazing,

Great Job.

February 8th, 2010 @ 2:08 pm
That is amazing, I thought it was done in a 3D program (the smoke)!
February 8th, 2010 @ 2:59 pm
Thanks Andrew great tutorial.
Andrew Lu
February 8th, 2010 @ 2:59 pm
Dang andrew! another one of ur great work . thanks a lot greetings from texas :D
February 8th, 2010 @ 3:41 pm
I couldn't wait for this tutorial just like Matthew Sabia and i did everything myself by just looking on the movie with usage of optical flares. I am really amazed how much i have improved thanks to You Andrew, You inspired me and showed me new way of beeing creative, I will gonna be in debt with You forever:D
Btw, it is such a pitty You don't teach us physics in my school because You are such a good techer that i could pass every exam with no sweat:D
February 8th, 2010 @ 3:55 pm
that smoke reminds me of the old arcade game After Burner, same technique was used on all the missiles and jet trails
Alby Smith
February 8th, 2010 @ 4:09 pm
Thanks AK,
for another piece of cool works of yours!
ken c
February 8th, 2010 @ 6:05 pm
thanks, Andrew - another great tutorial, I was hoping you'd do this one... super job. Great to see how a pro does it.
February 8th, 2010 @ 6:27 pm
Finally,new tutorial comes.I waiting for a long time.
Thank you very much Andrew.
February 8th, 2010 @ 6:56 pm
fantastic tutorial. Thanks a lot
February 8th, 2010 @ 6:57 pm
Dude... you guys are really good at this stuff.

I hope you're making $#iT tons of cash.

av.rishi Tamilnadu
February 8th, 2010 @ 7:13 pm
great great turotial andrew.... thanks
February 8th, 2010 @ 7:36 pm
great tut as always....hope your flares are selling like hotcakes I've got them in the next budget for plug-ins this was an easy sell to the boss
February 8th, 2010 @ 8:13 pm
Looks great. BTW - Absolutely LOVE Optical Flares. The absolute best plug-in I have ever purchased.
February 8th, 2010 @ 9:49 pm
Sweet LORD......
February 8th, 2010 @ 10:34 pm
Number One. Tut good
February 8th, 2010 @ 11:31 pm
what can i say that no one said before.
you are the chosen one.
Dacri Burdan
February 9th, 2010 @ 12:16 am
YES!!! I was waiting for this one!
Edris Mohammadi
February 9th, 2010 @ 3:20 am
Thank For This Tutorial!!!
I Have question:

why you don't take my Comment on your web site?
please tell me ?

I Learn Every Thing From You.
I Am Edris mohammadi from Iran/kurdestan.
February 9th, 2010 @ 4:05 am
I like to see at next that VC brings out a Plug-In like Particular :-)
February 9th, 2010 @ 5:10 am
@Gimei... i hope so too...
February 9th, 2010 @ 6:41 am
A Video Copilot particular alike would be great!!!!!
February 9th, 2010 @ 8:34 am
so hot , hey hny Are you just working on videocopilot ?
February 9th, 2010 @ 9:27 am
Hey Andrew, hit the "/" button, my friend...

Another great tutorial by the way!
February 9th, 2010 @ 11:26 am
I was looking forward to see this one, great andrew!!!! guy's optical flares rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thank you
February 9th, 2010 @ 12:17 pm
oooh, i was wondering how to do that, thank you, why am i thanking? i didn't see it yet, well, it does not matter. thanks anyway.
February 9th, 2010 @ 1:12 pm
Cracking tutorial mr kramer always inspiring!!
February 9th, 2010 @ 5:27 pm
hey guys ,in my trapcode i dont have sprite nor texture in the setting any ideas why ,i cant change the cloud.
February 9th, 2010 @ 5:56 pm
nice tutorial
"Carnivale title sequence TV DRAMA (2003)
any idea about its make off did they use after effects
by the way i have idea what about a tutorial for somthing
like Carnivale title sequence
February 9th, 2010 @ 6:38 pm
Clancy... i think you may not be using Particular 2.0 - Do you know your version?

February 9th, 2010 @ 10:41 pm
wow!!!!thanks so much!!!!
thats what i want!!!
February 9th, 2010 @ 10:52 pm
Ini yang saya tunggu-tunggu....
February 9th, 2010 @ 11:04 pm
Da5id thanks , it seems i have the old realy hurts when you cant afford these things.
February 9th, 2010 @ 11:59 pm
Andrew u use Optical Flare on Fringe?
February 10th, 2010 @ 12:51 am
Hi Andrew Can you make a tut on how to make those circle. square and torus and how to add optical flares to them please.

February 10th, 2010 @ 2:14 am
Hey Andrew nice tutorial.

you are the god in after effects
James Hearn
February 10th, 2010 @ 2:55 am
Love this tutorial Andrew!! :) You go big guy!
February 10th, 2010 @ 5:11 am
Thanks for this great tutorial. One of my favourite parts of the Optical Flares showreel is the part with the soda can and the two colored lights with the smoke trail. I hope there will be tutorials of those too.

I'm very glad I bought Optical Flares with the pro presets and I would recommend everyone that reads this to do the same because there are so many ways to use it which makes it a must-have.

The smoke you're using in Particular from a picture and turn it into particals... I was wondering if you could use a transparent movieclip or 3D object of let's say a butterfly, and have particular make it look like a random group of them flying around.
Trev Burley
February 10th, 2010 @ 5:36 am
Excellent as usual. I bought optical flares for a project recently and it really is great especially when combined with effects like in this tutorial.

Thanks - Trev
February 10th, 2010 @ 6:01 am
nice tutorial,

by the way it's a nice way you used Optical Flares in that cinama-commercial:

February 10th, 2010 @ 6:34 am
Haha, ok the "Free Tutorial" joke made my day.
Thanks for this nice tut.
Didn't know how you were getting those cool smokelets maps for the trail particles. Now I do. I feel alot better.

Anyway, keep up the kickass wor! Big fan
February 10th, 2010 @ 7:52 am
yeah thanks, i wait so long for this tutorial ^^

now i finished :P

wonderful animation

thanks andrew !!
February 10th, 2010 @ 9:00 am
Thanks. That's great!
Maybe it's not a time, but haven't you think of some sort of tutorial, where a person turns to an Avatar. Like in "Demon face" tutorial. That would be interesting.
From Ukraine.
February 10th, 2010 @ 9:31 am
Cool !!!!! Nice one.. !!!! Nice Tips.. !!!
It's nice to know about the different of sprite and texture poligon.. !!!
February 10th, 2010 @ 10:57 am
thanks Andrew :)
February 10th, 2010 @ 11:31 am
Nice tutorial. But would it be possible to make the smokes differently then using an expensive USD 400 plugin? Thank you
February 10th, 2010 @ 9:44 pm
ah again excellency vid...good work andrew..!!!
February 11th, 2010 @ 12:53 am
nice tutorial, andrew! i hope i could get my hands on particular 2 and optical flares someday ^0^
Nike Solo
February 11th, 2010 @ 1:33 am
That's exactly what I want. Thank you.
February 11th, 2010 @ 1:53 am
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February 11th, 2010 @ 4:51 am
Hey andrew thanks for this tut... awsome

by the way the shortcut to bring the zoomed out comp
i think its like hptoshop ctrl+0

thanks for your work!
February 11th, 2010 @ 7:21 am
please andrew can you make After Effects tutorial to
créate a réalistic twister.

you are the best

WELCOME TO name's............
Juan Francisco
February 11th, 2010 @ 12:44 pm
Thank you for this tutorial. Greetings from Peru!
February 11th, 2010 @ 9:10 pm
Andrew you are the man...I just need a particular
February 12th, 2010 @ 5:29 am
Hi Andrew

Thanks for the ultrafast delivery to France. After just 6 Days I had received my own optical flares plugin. Optical Flares and Action Essentials bundle :-)

Now after playing and trying a little bit around,I just can recommend to everybody to buy it.It is every single Dollar worth. It produces fast and amazing results.

It was nice that you added a "How to install this plugin" as a Tutorial DVD-lesson. It made the installation very easy.(I am normally a Noob in this things)

Have a nice Weekend
Kind Regards
Robert Herrmann
February 12th, 2010 @ 7:14 am
Great tutorial Andrew. I had to look it up:
February 12th, 2010 @ 11:16 am
February 14th, 2010 @ 10:48 am
I can use these plugins in Final Cut Pro?
February 16th, 2010 @ 6:51 am
Andrew.. Please make another bundle!!
February 23rd, 2010 @ 10:24 am
Hey andrew really awesome stuff!! hey check this video out dont know if youve seen it already, its from lakewood church in houston texas.
February 23rd, 2010 @ 3:11 pm
Hey Mr. Kramer! You are bringing magic to the people and it will probably be mentiont in history books!
Be good..
April 3rd, 2010 @ 3:04 am
hello,Andrew.I really like your tutorial, I appreciate your sharing. Very cool, I'm more interested in effects plug-ins, there are some effects plug-in idea, but I'm not programming, your effect plug-ins is very cool and I can share some knowledge about effects plug-ins.
Shadman Quazi
April 24th, 2010 @ 8:11 am
I'm kind of an amateur at this stuff...but tell me what you guys think anyway! :D
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