Light Particles Project

In our recent tutorial we created glowing lights for a 3D title but I wanted to recreate the effect with particles instead. The idea is having bright glowing particles that emit light onto the surface as they hit without having to hand animate the interactions.

In the end, I used the shadow technique from our particle shadows tutorial using a copy of the particles from the top view to simulate the shadow, only here I used the copy as colored light.

Sample Video

Project File (CS4+ Particular 2)

December 3rd, 2010 @ 7:09 pm
It looks absolutely sick. Thanks for the Christmas present Andrew!
    December 11th, 2010 @ 10:15 pm
    I don't agree with you .. nice work Andrew
    December 12th, 2010 @ 7:54 am
    thanks Andrew, awesomeness all around ;-) Xmas every day!
    December 16th, 2010 @ 11:08 pm
    this is a really good effect.since m new at this can anyone tell me the link to the tutorial.i cant find it
    January 13th, 2011 @ 1:21 am
    Hi guys! Anyone knows how to achieve this the words coming out in multiple flares etc..
    sachin panda
    May 18th, 2012 @ 9:16 pm
    i like this video can u upload its tutorial its very nice.
December 3rd, 2010 @ 7:12 pm
Just when I think you came up with such a great idea and thats it it can't get any better, you prove me wrong.
You are the best of the best, most of what i know I learned it from you THANK YOU VERY MUCH! for these amazing tutorials and amazing products!!!...KEEP IT UP, you know you are here to stay!
ah shang
December 3rd, 2010 @ 7:18 pm
wowo!!nice!!thx you so much !!learn a lot!!!!
Vijay Krishna
December 3rd, 2010 @ 7:24 pm
Thanks a lot AK
from VK
    December 4th, 2010 @ 4:15 am
    You sounded ironical :p
    But yeah, I can totally imagine Justin Timberlake and some dancers around those bouncy energy balls, Andrew!
December 3rd, 2010 @ 7:39 pm
Beautiful. Nuff said.
December 3rd, 2010 @ 7:39 pm
Andrew that was epic! I will be checking this out. Thanks man!
December 3rd, 2010 @ 7:52 pm
Very nice Andrew
Brandon Hasbrook
December 3rd, 2010 @ 7:56 pm
Very nice. love the depth of field mixed in, looks kinda like welding sparks hitting the floor.
December 3rd, 2010 @ 8:03 pm
Amazing, you are just awesome!!!
When will the slashing tips tutorial come out??? (just wondering because it would really help for a moving I'm making)
Once again YOU R #1
December 3rd, 2010 @ 8:05 pm
Waoooo Very cool stuff.i love it. thanx andrew
    December 4th, 2010 @ 3:38 am
    But i dont knw onething! how that particles r bouncing!!!!!??
    December 4th, 2010 @ 6:30 am
    Mani, it's in the Particle settings under options>Rendering
    December 4th, 2010 @ 9:00 am
    go to particualar settings -physiks model (choose bouce)and you have options for "bounce". expand and choose bounce layer and further settings :)
    December 10th, 2010 @ 9:49 am
    Wao!guys im so glad 4 ur replys, thankz Lindco nd thanks a lot Zander :)
Diego G.
December 3rd, 2010 @ 8:08 pm
Andrew, How does it feel to be a genius?
Excelent effect by the way...
December 3rd, 2010 @ 8:12 pm
Very nice Andrew, another cool project.
December 3rd, 2010 @ 8:14 pm
I second Vlad's notion. Very nice.
barry barrera
December 3rd, 2010 @ 8:20 pm
meryy christmas Andrew! you are the best of the best of the best!
December 3rd, 2010 @ 8:29 pm
That's a great solution. The glowing impact really adds that molten steel look. Gracias!
December 3rd, 2010 @ 8:38 pm
WAAOOWW, Hey dud, is great
Alexandre Amin
December 3rd, 2010 @ 8:50 pm
Man! I was thinking how the particles react like that, jumping on the floor...I don't remember seen this before in after effects. It would be great to do a tutorial for this.
    December 3rd, 2010 @ 10:10 pm
    Have you watched the energy tut, the bouncing particles are in that I think.
    December 5th, 2010 @ 8:29 am
    did you you watch the tutorial where there is a blue light crossing a street full speed. check that out.
December 3rd, 2010 @ 9:13 pm
never posted and been so close to first
December 3rd, 2010 @ 9:14 pm
Hi what's up andrew Kramer here , and today we talk about something Real!

Yesterday i cut my Finger :D

Nice Tutorials andrew also i have Question and i hope you answer me Soon. what do you think if you create new channel on ?
December 3rd, 2010 @ 9:15 pm
hey Akki nice job
December 3rd, 2010 @ 9:17 pm
tell me your Secret......???????? Reply must?
December 3rd, 2010 @ 10:00 pm
Great!!! I like it very much!!!
December 3rd, 2010 @ 10:04 pm
amazing! good job Andrew!!!!!!!!!!
December 3rd, 2010 @ 10:33 pm
its be nice and thank for u r activty in graphic way be green
December 3rd, 2010 @ 10:51 pm
hey man,
nice work.
need some it possible to avoid rolling shutter prob in AE.
if yes,plz make a tuts.

December 3rd, 2010 @ 11:13 pm
thx andy...!!!
answer me plz,...!
my Question is how i work with Turbulence2D???
and how i can morph 2 character togeder???
December 3rd, 2010 @ 11:14 pm
wow mind blowing
December 3rd, 2010 @ 11:34 pm
Love it...can some say Christmas!
    December 15th, 2010 @ 2:50 am
    Christmas, i love how you always add on your tutorials, please bring out a tutorial for you slahing tips video
December 3rd, 2010 @ 11:35 pm
From where you get all those ideas man . . . Your creativity is in high level . . .

Looks great . . .
December 4th, 2010 @ 12:26 am
About yes, it is excellent, the good fellow, Andrew=)
December 4th, 2010 @ 1:01 am
Absolutely Amazing
December 4th, 2010 @ 1:32 am
Andrew, can u please make a tutorial about particles in details, i found myself lost every time i need to use them and start using the presets. can u make a basic tutorial on particles using this project maybe? thanks a lot man, much appreciated!
December 4th, 2010 @ 1:39 am
sweeeeet!! thanks :)
December 4th, 2010 @ 1:48 am
Particular? here cool tutorial using it too:
thanks Andrew!
December 4th, 2010 @ 1:59 am
Awesome Andrew! I don't think I've ever reade one of these video preview posts because I'm so exited to watch it! LOL
Antonio Reyes
December 4th, 2010 @ 2:01 am
Eso si que esta tremendo
buenisimo vos (Termino Chapin) Guatemala
Vicky Shah
December 4th, 2010 @ 2:07 am
Zvi Twersky
December 4th, 2010 @ 2:20 am
Good thing you added this because "Light Glow" seemed more fit for tutorial number 13 and not 113...
December 4th, 2010 @ 2:51 am
This is creativity :)
Thanks for sharing
December 4th, 2010 @ 2:54 am
Thanks Andrew :D
December 4th, 2010 @ 3:02 am
:) this is so cool. I love it. Thanks for sharing!
December 4th, 2010 @ 3:37 am
Cool!I need to say something useful!
December 4th, 2010 @ 3:40 am
That's Cool Project, Thanks Andrew. ;)
December 4th, 2010 @ 3:51 am
Thenks Andrew for the project it's very nice
December 4th, 2010 @ 4:40 am
really cool. keep up the good work.
December 4th, 2010 @ 5:59 am
hi andrew. excellent effect. some extra bonus for Christmas and New Year?. are the best. I'm not surprised that J. J. Abrams charge will work. and thanks for your humility that makes you even bigger. sorry for my English.

Greetings from Argentina Catamarca
December 4th, 2010 @ 6:27 am
Look's amazing as usual Andrew! Superb work!
December 4th, 2010 @ 6:44 am
absolutely great, andrw please make more tutorials on motion graphics instead of vfx :) we <3 u !
December 4th, 2010 @ 6:57 am
Vraiment très classe !
Les français te remercient pour tout ce que tu fais ;)
December 4th, 2010 @ 7:36 am
You make me feel I have to use AE again, this so great!!!
December 4th, 2010 @ 8:13 am
Hey andrew, how did you make the floor looks glassy? Your reply is much appreciated! Thanks.. :D
December 4th, 2010 @ 8:15 am
Andrew, could you specifically do a tutorial for this effect?
December 4th, 2010 @ 8:25 am
Just amazing! Thank you.
December 4th, 2010 @ 8:47 am
That was epicly awesome!! Wait, is epicly a word?? OK, it is now.
December 4th, 2010 @ 9:20 am
Awesome tutorial...It was epic...

Thank u so much ^_^

Hope someday u'll have time to teach us boque effect ^_^
December 4th, 2010 @ 9:36 am
Thanks for everything you've done Andrew, you're my basic formation on after effects, here's a video I'd like to dedicate for you, I got lot of VC presets like Optical Flares, and Film magic Pro.
Hope you like it ! And love all your tuts
Udit Goenka
December 4th, 2010 @ 9:40 am
wow...looks leet
December 4th, 2010 @ 9:55 am
very nice and lovely
thanks AK

December 4th, 2010 @ 9:56 am
i hope u make a tut on that
December 4th, 2010 @ 10:23 am
Looks amazingly beautiful !
Pirate Salami
December 4th, 2010 @ 10:26 am
Hi andrew, one thing I've noticed is that when the camera pans to the other side and moves forward, you can see the yellow particles moving forward with the camera. Makes it a bit less believable. Otherwise I love it!
Han Solo
December 4th, 2010 @ 11:16 am
If you use the same technique that they use in the ipod commercials with the silhouette dancing guy and mix in this technique you get pretty interesting results. I will put on up when I'm done with the rendering.
December 4th, 2010 @ 11:48 am
.... amazing Andrew. you never cease to amaze me.
December 4th, 2010 @ 12:46 pm
It wouldnt surprise me if Andrew Kramer could walk on water ..
December 4th, 2010 @ 1:10 pm
nicely done man good work do you gonna make tutorial
December 4th, 2010 @ 1:52 pm
amazing glowland
December 4th, 2010 @ 2:20 pm
If you look at the project files, there is about 10 layers for the glow of the title and the bouncing balls.

Can anyone explain to me why there is so many layers of glow?
Couldn't you put only 1-3 but make them bigger or something?
    December 4th, 2010 @ 10:58 pm
    btw, i'm not critisizing! I'm still a newbie at AE and I just want to understand the reason why it's better to use that many layer instead of a smaller number, but bigger w/ a bigger feather or something like that?

Caleb Ward
December 4th, 2010 @ 2:34 pm
This is probably one of the coolest things you have ever done.
December 4th, 2010 @ 4:16 pm
You beat me to it Andrew! I was going to try this while on vacation.
December 4th, 2010 @ 5:03 pm
You need a state named after you...
December 4th, 2010 @ 6:15 pm
good job andrew!
paul holt
December 4th, 2010 @ 6:22 pm
As usual I look forward to dissecting this and using it in new and interesting ways:-)

BTW would love to see a few more tutorials highlighting your I own most of em;-)

December 4th, 2010 @ 6:28 pm
wOOOOOOOOOOoooooow thx alot mate !God bless you
December 4th, 2010 @ 7:08 pm
These are the times that I realize I will never be as badass as you, Andrew.
Brilliant work.
December 4th, 2010 @ 9:08 pm
that's really really fantastic! thanks Andrew, and looking forward to your new creative issue.
December 4th, 2010 @ 9:43 pm
Truly you'll always be number 1 !!!!!! Purely Amazing Andrew :)
Joseph Rakereng
December 5th, 2010 @ 1:17 am
Looks crispy man,that's good
December 5th, 2010 @ 1:49 am
You are very good at making things in AE that look like they came from a 3D app.
December 5th, 2010 @ 3:29 am
Very Nice. Keep doing good work, dude. I will always bless you. :)
December 5th, 2010 @ 6:05 am
This is irrelevant to the video but I had a dream I was in the video copilot mansion trying to escape capture from sam loya. The first to reach andrew got a medal and action essentials 2. Was awesome anyway.
December 5th, 2010 @ 7:28 am
its realy too goo fabulus
December 5th, 2010 @ 8:33 am
Comme d'hab... Andrew se distingue des autres que l'on peut voir sur le net et à un style unique. N'arrête pas on serait malheureux sans tes tuts et tes blagues.
Merci et bravo
December 5th, 2010 @ 9:28 am
Andrew, could you please make a tutorial for this effect?
December 5th, 2010 @ 9:30 am
Could you please make a tutorial for this effect. I tried a lot things... but it doesn't work. This is a really nice effect!
December 5th, 2010 @ 11:11 am
Project like this one should be sold at 90$
you get it for free @ A.K ;)
say thanks to Andrew!!!
we love youuuuuuuuuuu
December 5th, 2010 @ 12:06 pm
thank u super just what i needed greets from holland keep up working
December 5th, 2010 @ 12:12 pm
anyone know how the floor looks a little rounded? like its warped or something. and what kind of camera present do u think he used, cuz when it spins it looks pretty awesome
December 5th, 2010 @ 1:58 pm
How do I convert the CS4 project to CS3?
December 5th, 2010 @ 3:32 pm
Tried to recreate this effect (very cool btw despite the rendering killing my machine :P) I cant get my reflection/shadows to line up :S i'm very confused any pointers ?
December 5th, 2010 @ 9:23 pm
wow.. very very very excellent one.. superbbbb stufff..
December 5th, 2010 @ 9:52 pm
Thanks man for sharing ur knowledge but i Can't really recreate the project. Andrew a tutorial for this won't be out of place. Please, can u make a tutorial for this...
December 5th, 2010 @ 9:54 pm
this is really cool...
this might be out of the topic but i just want to ask if what happen this 5-8 pm pacific time in your site .
December 6th, 2010 @ 1:40 am
Great effect Andrew! Keep the great tutorials coming :)
December 6th, 2010 @ 4:15 am
looks really great! here a website i found (is'nt mine)
December 6th, 2010 @ 4:57 am

Not sure you are allowed to use that icon on your UPDATES (on the blog) item. Just a thought.
Kieran B
December 6th, 2010 @ 6:13 am
This is so awesome Andrew! I have watched all of your tutorials and learned so much... I now attend Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts and am majoring in Computer Information Tech. for graphic design! You have inspired me to want to do motion graphics and VFX!

Thank You!
December 6th, 2010 @ 6:40 am
10Q so much man u r great but u r ideas should be improved
Derrick van Niekerk
December 6th, 2010 @ 7:08 am
This is a very cool effect, thanks for sharing!

- Derrick
December 6th, 2010 @ 8:16 am
Awesome! just awesome you`re great. thanks
December 6th, 2010 @ 10:52 am
looks like awesome
December 6th, 2010 @ 12:13 pm
Now if you would just add a Ninja Santa Warrior, it would be complete!
December 6th, 2010 @ 12:56 pm
shit this is amazing andrew
December 6th, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
Hey andrew loved the project so much that i had to do my version.

i have used this style on a number of my projects

anyways check it out and i hope you guys do too
December 6th, 2010 @ 3:33 pm
Very nice Andrew !!!!
December 6th, 2010 @ 6:29 pm
Is you're brother Tyler Kramer? I know a kid by that name who's into computers and stuff and is probably old enough to be your brother.
December 6th, 2010 @ 6:32 pm
I'm working on recreating this. I can't for the life of me figure our how to create the particle reflections to fit correctly. The glows are fairly straight forward, as well as the reflection for the text. However, having issues with particle reflection. Anyone have ideas?

By the way, excellent work as usual Andrew. You never fail to amaze.
    December 15th, 2010 @ 4:10 pm
    I was having the hardest time on that as well! I tried every different variation of flipping and distorting everything that would matter, until I found this. Parent the camera to a null object and negate the y-scale component in it's transform properties, you should get the appropriately flipped reflection/image to use as a separate composition. This might hamper how you're going to animate your camera, but you'll find a way if you really want to... :)
December 6th, 2010 @ 7:57 pm
Just when I think you came up with such a great idea and thats it it can’t get any better, you prove me wrong.
You are the best of the best, most of what i know I learned it from you THANK YOU VERY MUCH! for these amazing tutorials and amazing products!!!…KEEP IT UP, you know you are here to stay!
December 7th, 2010 @ 1:16 am
December 7th, 2010 @ 1:40 am
Dear Andrew

Such an amazing output you have put man :D
but cant this be done in a way or another same as what u did in "MORE PARTICLE SHADOWS IN NY" specially to have the look n feel for the particles in this video when they touch the ground and illuminate more, or the nearest getting to the ground the more illumination is there... can u clarify that part for us plz thnx Dear :)

Good Luck
December 7th, 2010 @ 1:41 am
andrew its amaizing that stuff you making. keep it up.
December 7th, 2010 @ 5:43 am
Hi, Where do you get Particular effect?
December 7th, 2010 @ 7:13 am
I just decided to hit the render button on a project, then decided to check out the website for updates. I totally regret hitting the render button. Now I have to wait to try this out. It looks amazing.
December 7th, 2010 @ 7:55 am
nine-good-amazing-great-fabulus-beautiful-i love it
December 7th, 2010 @ 10:00 am
so cool!
this is amazing!
December 7th, 2010 @ 12:57 pm
good work once agein ! thank you :]
just wonder did anyone seen yet Skline movie ? is that only me or whole movie been made in AE5 ? :P
December 7th, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
Thank you.
Thank you.
Once again you amaze, inspire, and delight us.
Thank you.
December 7th, 2010 @ 8:50 pm
i wanna ask something about . How can I try to make the light in AE like real GI . an I allways make them just like an lightball. How can I make some real liner on it
December 8th, 2010 @ 6:52 am
I am your FAN......
Jason W
December 8th, 2010 @ 7:39 am
Thanks to Andrew and EVERYBODY at VC that make this site possible. I know there's not much we can do to support you all (other than purchasing your amazing products) but, I did spread the word almost daily and the web address will appear in several short films I am planning for 2011. Thank you again.
December 8th, 2010 @ 9:42 am
woa.its very nice
Daddy C
December 8th, 2010 @ 10:32 am
“After Effects is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not."
Thanks Digital Yoda!
December 8th, 2010 @ 12:45 pm
Can this be done in AE's particle emitter (the bouncing)?
December 8th, 2010 @ 8:49 pm
Hey andrew/guys, I tried downloading the project about 6 times and it keeps saying the file is corrupted :(

10 bucks if ya send it to my email andrew :D
or any help at all :P
December 8th, 2010 @ 10:17 pm
You are the MAN!!!
I like the updated version of our site
December 9th, 2010 @ 7:06 am
Another impressive show - your glow always seems that little bit more intense than I can achieve...
One plea however; where possible would it be possible to still have CS3 compatible versions of the projects for those of us stuck with old 32bit pc's and large mortgages?
December 9th, 2010 @ 10:52 am
the end result is did you end up doing the particle reflections? I've tried to think of a good way to do that, but the VC reflect plug-in wouldn't be able to cut it, and flipping the world around doesn't line up the particles properly. Would it be a combination of flipping the world and then flipping the x-axis of the layer itself? I just thought of that right now...maybe I should try that out.
    December 12th, 2010 @ 3:26 am
    I have been trying to figure it out also... and is kind of hard to see for me. but I found a clue in the diferences between camera in main propject from camera of glows. In glows camera is so far(eliminating perspective distortion) and from above, just like the Point of view of the floor. Just guessing.
    PLease andrew reveal the trick!
    December 14th, 2010 @ 6:46 am
    The glow layer is a precomp that has the exact same particle system in it (so the particle positions are the same), except the camera is looking straight down and is pulled VERY far back.. so you basically get an orthographic top view. Then, play with the Depth of Field options on the camera and set it with a lot of blur. Make sure you set the target distance so you see the particles more when they bounce. Thats it =]
December 9th, 2010 @ 8:59 pm
Wow. I bet Adobe loves you. You take after effects to a whole new level.
December 10th, 2010 @ 1:51 am

Vijay Singh
December 10th, 2010 @ 2:39 am
Many Thanks

Amazing stuff do
December 10th, 2010 @ 5:03 am
hi like always very amazing!!!
i always use your teach for my work's thats are very nice ...
December 10th, 2010 @ 5:05 am
my language site are persian for see it translate to english tnx
December 12th, 2010 @ 2:28 am
you're the best Andrew! We're learning a lot from you, there's not much people like that today. Thanks a lot, first of all. The day I'll become millionaire with this, you'll get your part. Promised. Now, the question: I just tried to do it by myself, but in the moment I wanted to do the reflected particles on the ground, I saw you created a Null and set it to "SCALE Z=-100", but when I do that it doesn't fit at all... any trick?
    Marc Again
    December 16th, 2010 @ 4:57 am
    Just got it!! My partner is in love with you, by the way, although he's not gay, but well, you know there are many ways of loving, hehehe
December 12th, 2010 @ 6:43 am
Hi Andrew,

amazing effect...will you make a tutorial for this one too??

Please!!! Big fan!!!

Greetings from Germany
December 12th, 2010 @ 10:17 am
ur the best of best andrew... very cool add my name of it. hehehe . thnx
Ratin Quesino
December 13th, 2010 @ 2:42 am
When I grow up, I wanna be just like you, Andrew. You´re my hero :) My guitar hero.
December 13th, 2010 @ 5:16 am
December 13th, 2010 @ 6:38 am
Thank you, looks awesome.

Have also worked on a trailer using Action Movie Essentials would love some feedback -
December 13th, 2010 @ 8:32 am
beautiful! :) you're best
December 13th, 2010 @ 8:57 am
Nice work man.
Can you make an Tutorial about it?
That looks cool.
December 13th, 2010 @ 10:41 am
So beautiful ! I really like your ground texture!!
December 13th, 2010 @ 2:40 pm
Wow , amazing , very beautiful
I.c. Rew
December 13th, 2010 @ 3:04 pm
Amazing job on the new site! Would be nice if I could view the sample video on my iPhone. ?
December 13th, 2010 @ 3:52 pm
Thanks Man! You're Awesome!!
December 13th, 2010 @ 7:18 pm
Great work, Xmas Andrew
December 14th, 2010 @ 12:29 am
Andrew this project is amazing. I like this animation. THX!
December 14th, 2010 @ 11:33 am
I like all of your tuts.
They are very usefull.
Could you please do such as good 3DS MAX tutorials.
That woold be very nice
December 14th, 2010 @ 5:13 pm
Wait how do you take off the DEMO thing on top of the intro when you open it up on after effects?
December 14th, 2010 @ 5:24 pm
WOOOOOOOOW that was so cool. You're a genius, Andrew.
December 15th, 2010 @ 11:29 am
hey I like all of your tuts.
They are very usefull.
Could you please do such as good 3DS MAX tutorials.
That woold be very nice
December 15th, 2010 @ 2:22 pm
This is sooooo kool and useful.You guys are the best and most generous people ever!!=]
Awesomee!!….here is a short vid i did with everything i got form you guys Keep up the good work!!
December 15th, 2010 @ 2:51 pm

PLEASE post a tutorialon this!!! i need to know how to do this
or atleast give me a small written explanation :)

December 15th, 2010 @ 8:45 pm
Sam's got a good voice. Doesn't even sound like him
December 15th, 2010 @ 11:56 pm
(Replying to myself) Oops! Wrong blog post!
December 16th, 2010 @ 10:45 am
Looks nice, but sphere's look more like discs. Is there anyway to do actual 3D imaging in adobe after effects? Move round them in 3D space? I am still learning using VC - thanks for the tutorials Mr Kramer :)
December 17th, 2010 @ 3:09 am
Nice Work
But also include the text font file also
December 17th, 2010 @ 5:14 am
Merry Christmas!!!
December 17th, 2010 @ 5:16 pm
Really nice. Thank you.
December 18th, 2010 @ 11:14 am
Dear sir,

its a beauty u create in Light Particles Project

please would u sent me its projects file along with video tutorials
its a humble request


December 18th, 2010 @ 11:10 pm
Wow! Awesome, Thank you for opening my eyes to the world of VFX. God bless you and all VIDEO COPILOT team.
December 22nd, 2010 @ 5:22 pm
That looks sick
December 26th, 2010 @ 9:45 am
Come on now, particular two, u know we don't have that technology here in my country. It looks amazing, but in the future, don't use particular two. Come on AK, its not free.
January 11th, 2011 @ 12:48 am
haloo can anybody tell me how to edit that title..i mean how to chage the wording "videocopilot"with my wording easily..can anyone teach me kindly..
January 12th, 2011 @ 12:10 pm
Hey Andrew, really loved this take on the glow sphere tutorial you built, I actually tried the same thing but couldn't figure out how to solve for the collision event and preserve the particular reflection properly until i downloaded your project file. I was just putzing around and tried implementing an aux system so occasionally these would impact and a few more would kick off almost like burning embers or something, but I noticed that the aux system particles would fall through the floor plane even if i changed the settings to infinite plane, tried switching the floor layer with a wall layer but still had similar results, most would stay on the floor but noticeably you'd notice quite a few that would fall through. Was wondering if you know what could cause that or what a fix might be? thanks
January 13th, 2011 @ 4:11 am
hey here is movie trailer which uses Light Particles check this out.
January 17th, 2011 @ 6:52 pm
First off this is a sick project. I was trying to tweak my own similar project with some particles and saw this reflection style lighting. The only problem I can't understand how to get the particles to reflect correctly. I downloaded the project file and still I can't see the utilization of the nulls and how to match the reflection. Help me please. You da man AK
January 20th, 2011 @ 6:44 pm
Awesome job but, when I imported they project idk what happened and now I can't export directly to quick time :(.
If any one has comments/suggestions they would be greatly apreciated. As it stands I believe it is the comp res. that is messing me up.
January 28th, 2011 @ 10:49 am
hey andrew,you're just amazing as you were,please upload the tutorial full version,your fans are eagerly waiting for that,hope u do it soooon
January 29th, 2011 @ 12:45 pm
Nice Video A.K But, When I Imported Your Light Project In AfterEffects, An Error Message "This Project Contains 6 References To Missing Effects. Please Install The Following Effects To Restore These References. ("Particular")". How To Fix This A.K? Thanks :)
February 20th, 2011 @ 6:36 am
this is truly awesome superlike ^_^ did u do that?????
February 21st, 2011 @ 8:01 am
you're a god Andrew!! Congrulations!!!
krishan indora
March 18th, 2011 @ 9:26 am
Great!!! I like it very much!!
Clarisse Cruz
April 13th, 2011 @ 9:59 am
May I ask if you have CS3 project files to this? I would very much like to learn how to do it, but CS4 just won't work on our PC (ancient, I know). Pretty please?
yoel gonzalez
May 8th, 2011 @ 12:49 pm
hi man , when i download the file it say that are missing file why??
May 21st, 2011 @ 10:38 pm
very good not bad iwant much better
Joel Posner
May 26th, 2011 @ 8:30 pm
How can you put a person walking down in there? I know it won't look completely real but could you do your best and then let us know how to do it? If that's not a big enough challenge, maybe he can be kind of sidstepping the falling balls or something.
August 16th, 2011 @ 11:50 am
Here's a Blender version of this done by Andrew Price:
September 2nd, 2011 @ 12:29 pm
i downloaded the project file but... not got effect "particular" :( is it meant to be supplied in the project file? or am i meant to get it myself.
September 3rd, 2011 @ 11:25 pm
How does this work?! I am having trouble with the filter
September 21st, 2011 @ 7:59 am
Hi Guys,
Brilliant effects, with the light balls...I'd like to use something similar to create a short ident.
But I am going absolutely crazy trying to get the glows to be in the right place, and have now spent many hours trying to get it to work.
I have made the main comp with basic particle reflections fine.
BUT..In my luminance glow comp...
Problems start with the position of particles when I introduce the 'looking down to get the top view camera" When I pull the camera out very far and zoom in I cannot match the position of the particles in the parent comp. In fact the particles are behaving completely differently in a way that suggest they are pointing the wrong way, but I cannot for the life of me work out why..I have gone through every stage of project creation and cant see the problem.

Would it be possible to send my project over to help me work this out at all?
Yours, very confused!

October 15th, 2011 @ 12:15 am
Hey guys, what a great one.
Like most of the other guys i have big problems matching up the reflection of the particals with the real ones. I already set up the main comp and the "reflection comp" where I put a camera high above the ground. In my main comp the reflection already fits perfectly with the particals when I chose "top view". BUT if i change to my aktive camera every thing gets a litte out of place, sometime not much sometime a lot. I cant figure out how to fix it. A tutorial about it, from one of u guys that already figuered it out would be awesome. Or maybe a little tip would be pleasant as well. I dont like to play with my comp around without knowing what I am doing,
I already thank you. Kon
February 12th, 2012 @ 8:33 am
This is amazing!!! Thank you very much!
February 16th, 2012 @ 2:43 am
Hey Andrew. Im a big fan. been so for years. Just want to ask you why when I move the camera around the bouncing balls don't line up with the reflection on the floor. It aligns up to a point then it shears. It's in 3D right so I should be able to move the cam 360 degrees? Thanks
March 4th, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

I have just have to say you truly inspire me and that you are the reason I actually bought the Adobe Production Premium CS5.5 bundle! ...It cost me a bundle too! Lol!
Now I am saving up to buy Action Essentials 2 (2K version) and then Optical flares and when it launches your new ELEMENT plug-in!
Don't know in what order I'll buy them in...I'm still stop dilly dallying and launch this mother so I can decide! LOL!

Keep up the amazing work...


Geo Joseph
March 8th, 2012 @ 1:23 am
hi andrew,
am just a kid with an interest to start studying this how should i start? pls help
Sachin P
July 12th, 2012 @ 1:37 am
i try to make this effect but dont know how to creat light reflection on floor for each partical, pl upload this tutorial.
September 14th, 2012 @ 6:07 am
omg we r in 2012 now

and i can't do something like that

i am fkin fool

tut plz
Jesper Johansson
March 17th, 2013 @ 5:41 pm
Is it possible to get a tutorial on the reflections? It doesn´t seem like the same as the shadows...:/ Very nice though!
September 12th, 2013 @ 12:55 am
The link files dosnt see mto be working :(
would love to have it...pleaseeee :)
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