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!

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Shadman Quazi
7 years ago
I'm kind of an amateur at this stuff...but tell me what you guys think anyway! :D
7 years ago
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.
7 years ago
Hey Mr. Kramer! You are bringing magic to the people and it will probably be mentiont in history books!
Be good..
7 years ago
Hey andrew really awesome stuff!! hey check this video out dont know if youve seen it already, its from lakewood church in houston texas.
7 years ago
Andrew.. Please make another bundle!!
7 years ago
I can use these plugins in Final Cut Pro?
7 years ago
7 years ago
Great tutorial Andrew. I had to look it up:
7 years ago
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
7 years ago
Andrew you are the man...I just need a particular
Juan Francisco
7 years ago
Thank you for this tutorial. Greetings from Peru!
7 years ago
please andrew can you make After Effects tutorial to
créate a réalistic twister.

you are the best

WELCOME TO name's............
7 years ago
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!
7 years ago
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Nike Solo
7 years ago
That's exactly what I want. Thank you.
7 years ago
nice tutorial, andrew! i hope i could get my hands on particular 2 and optical flares someday ^0^
7 years ago
ah again excellency vid...good work andrew..!!!
7 years ago
Nice tutorial. But would it be possible to make the smokes differently then using an expensive USD 400 plugin? Thank you
thanks Andrew :)
7 years ago
Cool !!!!! Nice one.. !!!! Nice Tips.. !!!
It's nice to know about the different of sprite and texture poligon.. !!!
7 years ago
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.
7 years ago
yeah thanks, i wait so long for this tutorial ^^

now i finished :P

wonderful animation

thanks andrew !!
7 years ago
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
7 years ago
nice tutorial,

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

Trev Burley
7 years ago
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
7 years ago
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.
James Hearn
7 years ago
Love this tutorial Andrew!! :) You go big guy!
7 years ago
Hey Andrew nice tutorial.

you are the god in after effects
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.

7 years ago
Andrew u use Optical Flare on Fringe?
7 years ago
Da5id thanks , it seems i have the old realy hurts when you cant afford these things.
7 years ago
Ini yang saya tunggu-tunggu....
7 years ago
wow!!!!thanks so much!!!!
thats what i want!!!
7 years ago
Clancy... i think you may not be using Particular 2.0 - Do you know your version?

7 years ago
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
7 years ago
hey guys ,in my trapcode i dont have sprite nor texture in the setting any ideas why ,i cant change the cloud.
7 years ago
Cracking tutorial mr kramer always inspiring!!
7 years ago
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.
7 years ago
I was looking forward to see this one, great andrew!!!! guy's optical flares rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thank you
7 years ago
Hey Andrew, hit the "/" button, my friend...

Another great tutorial by the way!
7 years ago
so hot , hey hny Are you just working on videocopilot ?
7 years ago
A Video Copilot particular alike would be great!!!!!
7 years ago
@Gimei... i hope so too...
7 years ago
I like to see at next that VC brings out a Plug-In like Particular :-)
Edris Mohammadi
7 years ago
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.
Dacri Burdan
7 years ago
YES!!! I was waiting for this one!
7 years ago
what can i say that no one said before.
you are the chosen one.
7 years ago
Number One. Tut good
7 years ago
Sweet LORD......
7 years ago
Looks great. BTW - Absolutely LOVE Optical Flares. The absolute best plug-in I have ever purchased.
7 years ago
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
av.rishi Tamilnadu
7 years ago
great great turotial andrew.... thanks
7 years ago
Dude... you guys are really good at this stuff.

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

7 years ago
fantastic tutorial. Thanks a lot
7 years ago
Finally,new tutorial comes.I waiting for a long time.
Thank you very much Andrew.
ken c
7 years ago
thanks, Andrew - another great tutorial, I was hoping you'd do this one... super job. Great to see how a pro does it.
Alby Smith
7 years ago
Thanks AK,
for another piece of cool works of yours!
7 years ago
that smoke reminds me of the old arcade game After Burner, same technique was used on all the missiles and jet trails
7 years ago
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
Andrew Lu
7 years ago
Dang andrew! another one of ur great work . thanks a lot greetings from texas :D
Thanks Andrew great tutorial.
7 years ago
That is amazing, I thought it was done in a 3D program (the smoke)!
7 years ago
Looks Amazing,

Great Job.

7 years ago
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?
Matthew Park
7 years ago
HAHA, sweet tutorial Kramer. Cheers!
7 years ago
Fantastic!!! Great tutorial, but , don't have the plugin :(
7 years ago
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.
7 years ago
7 years ago
thanks andrew .. sounds cooll.. lemme go n watch it ..

7 years ago
Great!@!!!!!!! Ans when the promo for Optical Flares will be on line?
7 years ago
Andrew, this is fantastic! I was waiting for a tutorial just like this one!!!
7 years ago
SWEET~!!! Nice Tutorial 11th to post :D
Jon UK
7 years ago
Such a fantastic product - It really takes home videos to the next level
7 years ago
Thanks, this looks awesome!
7 years ago
Nice. I've been waiting for this one!
7 years ago
Finally, thanks a lot! great stuff ;)
7 years ago
hey andrew , great tutorial , thanks very much
7 years ago
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
7 years ago

Yes the DvD does include tutorials and the ones that you mentioned ;)
7 years ago
so sweet ! like it andrew ;) you rock !
7 years ago
Thanks for this cool question...does the plugin include the rock concert tutorial and other project based ones?

Best from Uruguay
7 years ago
Hey Andrew can't wait to see the tutorial and I actually made this video last week lol -
7 years ago
Sweet Andrew thanks a lot!
7 years ago
this is so sweet cant wait to dive in!!!
Yes!!!! Finally!
7 years ago
Very cool, Going to watch it soon! :)
7 years ago
Too bad I don't have Optical Flares.. :(
7 years ago
Grat Tutorial continue like this :) can you send me a license for non profit use like a trial?????