88. Disintegration
• Build a furious procedural Disintegration effect in AE
• Use displacement, turbulence and particle world
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1,266 Responses to "Disintegration"
bitch on a stick
07/31/2014
Wut NO BACKGROUND in project file wut uwt wahasdhashdawhdsa?
Pls send me i dont want to search on google stupid bg with 0 quality! Many thanks on tutorial it's super awsome and you are funny!
Devin
07/16/2014
This was so helpful! Thank you so much for posting these. I only had one issue. My video source wasn't lining up with my disintegrate and was also bigger. This was all in the Disintegrate 2 comp. Any ideas?
Hossein
07/15/2014
Hi.

Thans For You.

But I Need Background This Project.

Plz Send Background For Email Me.

Karla
07/08/2014
I want to do table top Steve and I would like it if it's real. I would say that if the mine craft Steve comes in real life he will protect me until next january.
Darrin
06/13/2014
Really hope someone can help me, I'm to the point in the tutorial where I'm using the adjustment layer and linking it to the video input via displacement map, but its cutting my actor in half at the waist. I've watched the video several times, I don't have any other layer in the way. http://postimg.org/image/o8lj52nrh/
Beshoy
05/17/2014
man that is something you are so awesome but it's hard for me to do all that thing but many thanks you are the best
Patrick
05/09/2014
I wonder if this tutorial can be used to make like a smoke dash like in Infamous Second Son.
Lucian
04/02/2014
This is too complicated. I could hardly follow you up to 15 minutes into the tutorial, and then I gave up because the steps simply had different results in my video than in your tutorial. This is probably a tutorial for people who have worked with After Effects for years.
Rachael
07/03/2014
I've been using after effects for a few weeks. This tutorial is very easy for me to follow and I ended up with really good results (no, not perfect, but still pretty good)
You just need to pause the video after each step and take your time to get it how YOU think it should look instead of just using all the same values as the tutorial. :)
Ash Lockhart
03/22/2014
Hello Andrew!
That`s really nice effect. But the thing is, I need to apply it somehow to a moving object without affecting the background(it`s not a green screen). How do I do that?
Marno
05/02/2014
I use Nuke to key the object out without a green screen, Its much easier and very quick. Then I apply the Effects in After Effects.
Marno
05/02/2014
I use Nuke to key the object out without a green screen, Its much easier and very quick. Then I apply the Effects in After Effects.
Nikk
03/08/2014
Hello Andrew!
How can I make the disintegration from the center of the body? :)
Thanks!
David
03/17/2014
I've done it before. Go back to your Original Texture Comp. Instead of a Linear Wipe, use an Iris Wipe.
vahid
02/19/2014
Awesome
tnks
Kyle
02/12/2014
I love this, been so much helpful thank you. I did want to know, instead of a linear wipe how could you use an Iris wipe instead. And if so how?
Cytrek
01/30/2014
This is great. I plan to use this. Can you possibly make a teleporting tutorial? And also, do you think you will eventually release a Planet Pack for Element 3D. I saw what you guys did for the Star Trek intro and it would be awesome to create galaxies of our own.
A P Singh
12/20/2013
Thanks for all of your nice & exciting tutorials sir!I learnt a lot from them..
venky
11/26/2013
Super Job Andrew...
Thanks...
Damian
10/18/2013
oke wtf 6:19
vwj tru
10/14/2013
but thank you very much for your guidance this. really good brother. they really like about this software., but I just started to learn burned. hoping that he will help us. those tutorials to do so. thank him home. can you please give me the link to download Adobe CS5 and CS6 after effces is not. they can not find a link to download this software both of the two you please help me ok, your email is: boytru1992@gmail.com. thank you very much
Unknown
04/23/2014
A link to download this software is Adobe.com , people work hard developing this software, pay their wage, by the software.
Vidit
08/17/2013
Hi Andrew,
You're doing a kick ass job. Big Fan!
I'm working on a student project.
And I was trying for a similar effect.
I wanted to show withering skin; as in a man's hand has cracks which are glowing with probable lava-like fire and ash flying out of it. I've been trying for long. But it ends up looking fake!
Preddy
07/31/2013
good
Alexis Michail
07/30/2013
thanks so much for the best tutorials ever!
Ramin
06/14/2013
Hi
I'm from Iran. I love you very much
I always was pursuit training you and but i regret that far of you
Excuse me, my language English not good
thank you
henrol
06/12/2013
nice Tutorial !!!!
nobody
05/14/2013
hey guys which extras do i need for this effect please answer :)
fergus
05/04/2013
At 25:55, you could leave that in as an easy vignette.
Just a thought.
Gara
04/17/2013
Awesome tutorials
Joshua Phipps
03/25/2013
Nice TUTS!!! but I have a feeling you are going to make a movie one day about underground robots that destroy people and make craters....
Brad
03/15/2013
Awesome tutorials! I just was wondering if you could apply the disintegration fx to a cc film burn. For example, a piece of paper burning from the cc burn film transition effect (mainly the random seed points that spawn), so that it would look like the paper is burning realistically instead of left to right.
raghu
01/05/2013
nice tutorial
rahul nishad
12/20/2012
awesome
Gilderlay
12/19/2012
Cara muito bom, seu tutorial, tenho esperança de um dia encostar pelo menos nos seus pés, ao seu nível de profissionalismo. Sua aula ta de Parabéns!!!
Matthew
12/19/2012
"it would be an intresting way to... you know... kill them"
Alex
10/26/2012
Hey,

great Tut. the only "problem" I encounter is when I, instead of granate, use text or some PSD file. Then the "Hot Stuff" layer doesnt work. Any idea how to fix this?
Tnx.
Gianni
11/08/2012
same problem in the disintegrat2 comp. but awesome tut! thanks!
Jake
10/19/2012
Overall great tutorial. Next time could you make sure the files are the same and all intact in the project zip file? The background isn't included and the video of same is a different size and resolution, so there was a lot of time spent making things match.
Name
09/09/2012
chek knea
Vijay
09/05/2012
Really very useful for every creators
A donut
09/05/2012
Really good tutorial, i saw that you are the main designer of the Fringe intro
akash
08/02/2012
its nice but very confusing a lot but reallly thanks
Ahmad Paracha
07/23/2012
Amazing tutorial man thanks! it helped me alot!
sudeep
07/16/2012
i don't have particle world, key light , and video copilot optical flares.:(
i tried installing the plugging but it dint work... i din find any options in effects . i use cs5.
pls help me :(
owe
10/15/2012
i have same problem can you help
Alberto Montalván Hurtado
07/13/2012
Muy bueno, quisiera recibir algun otro tutorial
Daniel Jackson
06/26/2012
Hi there.. I'm busy making backgrounds Theatre production we're holding. I need to slow this transition down to about 15seconds so that it can fit with the scene. Basically someone pushes heaven off the stage and it all turns to hell. When I slow it down by extending the time of my comps it doesn't have the same effect.

Does anyone have any suggestions? It needs to take longer and still look real. its a tough one for me..
Oveur
06/12/2012
nice
Kairrav Dulera
06/07/2012
You are my best after effects trainer. thank u very much for all tutorials!
Putrid Finger
06/06/2012
nice tutorial, probably the best one on the site :)
Tru
06/03/2012
I am frustrated. I followed the video to the smallest detail, every setting, every expression, every title change, even every example process that he later deleted as a joke. Everything. Yet, once I get to the creation of the second disintegrate comp, *nothing* is even close to what he is doing now.
Sara
12/19/2012
Tried it a third time, using a different browser--sure enough, a crucial step (that my other browser could not see) appeared (and the "transition disappeared), and I got the colored flame disintegration effect. Wonderful tutorial. Thanks
Sara
12/19/2012
Using After Effects CS6--Same problem as Tru; followed to the smallest detail, even wrote them down, step by step all the way to the end result--and the result was: no flame. lots of blur and distortion and tinting of entire image. Tried it a second time, followed the tutorial again step by step and in the early part of the video I notice there is a divergence between what he shows on the video vs my production: no color, it stays black and white-- I notice there is a transition in this tutorial, 1/4 of the way through, which leads me to suspect that something was cut or left out of the final tutorial.
Or, CS6 is just too different from the version used in this tutorial.
Ryan
06/01/2012
I get an error when I do the expressions for transform.

After Effects warning: Expected: ]
Expression disabled.

Error occurred at line 2.
Comp:'TEXTURE COMP 2'
Layer: 1 ('Displacement')
Property: 'Position'

Here's what I have in my expression
value+[effect("Displacement Map")("Max Horizontal Displacement"),effect("Displacement Map")("Max Vertical Displacement")
Kyle N
08/15/2012
From what I can see, looks like you forgot to close your expression with an ] bracket, as well as a ; at the end to complete the code, not necissarily needed in this case but it makes for better coding in the long run. Hope this is all that was wrong.

Kyle N.
ladel17
08/03/2012
Hello
You expression are incomplet. You don´t close with ]
;)
alex
06/29/2012
Don't forget the end bracket
John
06/09/2012
I'm confused, am I going to have to do this every time I want this effect? I'm not sure what/if I should precompose so I can save it as a preset.
John
06/09/2012
I had that problem, you have to close the expression with "]"
Will
06/05/2012
Yeah same here, have you figured it out yet??? cheers
vns1998
05/23/2012
hey andrew will this work without green or blue screen
Mike
05/22/2012
Ha, this tutorial was hilarious.

Good stuff.
HOOMAN-TEXT
05/14/2012
thank you
Lee
05/12/2012
This is really frustrating man. I do everything exactly like you 100% and it doesn't work correctly. The image is still offset rather than the particles only.
YeLLeZ
05/11/2012
peace!
how u create background in movie with granade?
awesome
Revanth
05/11/2012
wooooooow... u just banging our heart
mehdi
05/06/2012
peace of you i'm mehdi from morocco and i am a beginner, Is there any Arabian Between you.
thanx Andrew Kramer for this amazing tutorials i am evolved a bit in After Effect and that, thanks to you
rizal
05/05/2012
Woowwwww .. aawweeesssooommeeeee ..
jaseem harry
05/24/2012
THAT IS ANDREW
Curious Lad
04/26/2012
Hi, to everyone who's an expert in using after effects. I've got a question though.

I know that this effect can be applied to human videos, just like to what he showed, I was curious on how did he applied it to his friend on the video?
Whenever I tried it, the whole video is the one that disintegrates. Someone help me.

For a shorter question.
How do you apply it to the character on a video? but not literally on the whole video.
trent
05/03/2012
you have to have it on a different layer. by using either green screen masks or rotoscoping.
mallumayavi
04/10/2012
amazing !
Christov
03/21/2012
Andrew Kramer, You crack me up! I've excelled at learning After Effects because I enjoy watching and listening to someone who is very passionate about what they are teaching.. Thanks man, and keep it up!
rattail
03/12/2012
if your going to instruct, slow down, your talking and moving way too fast. Think like a beginner, as if, this is the first time someone is going to attempt this.
TickleMeElmo
04/26/2012
im a beginner and I did it just fine. There is a pause button for a reason...
bolivar
04/13/2012
use the pause buton.
mAx___
03/20/2012
Slow tutorials are boring and make people lose interest. If you can't keep up you can always stop the video and go back to the part where you got lost. It's not a live class, you know.
Nether
03/19/2012
This isn't meant for beginners. If you are looking at this and you don't know what you are doing, go back and watch one that is meant for you. He suspects that everyone watching has at least some prior knowledge.
Dedjezter
03/11/2012
Any one know what I am doing wrong? At around 20:00 when he is doing the Hot Stuff part and he makes the changes to the original comp... when he goes back to the disintegrate comp... I am loosing the grenade image. Instead of the image being disintegrated, I am getting the effect of only seeing through the white part.
Any help would be great.
Thanx
Jon
03/05/2013
Same here. I have the same problem. Any ideas anyone?
yathartha
03/10/2012
thanks you just stop my breathe
finally I have done
zipman
03/06/2012
hi this is a wonderful tutorial i was trying to work out how i could do this by the center of someone so it looks like its burning out wards?
Hacker
02/15/2012
andrew pedaso de mierda hijo de puta
tomislav
02/14/2012
A pre-compose within a pre-compose...omg

Preception
shem kailo
02/07/2012
andrew you are the bomb you have always been my inspiration we respect you at multimedia university in kenya
Arno-Movies
02/04/2012
Nice effect !
I'm gonna use this to desintegrate an alien !
Greetz out of Belgium ;)
ras bamba
01/31/2012
very great ...wooooooooooooow
Richard Huffman
01/27/2012
As always Andrew is so amazingly awesome and generous with his talents. I'm even growing to appreciate (meaning "not cringe") at his sense of humor : )

This particular effect is uniquely awesome. Bravo!
sady shomari
01/24/2012
I like your tutarias brother andrew please welcom tanzania my brother
Harikujan
01/21/2012
I love your Tutorials Andrew Kramer and this is my favourite Tutorial.
bvugar
01/16/2012
i have problems downloading most of the tutorials. i end up with empty folders. i wonder if this problems is common with other users.
CAPITAL PRINCE
02/04/2012
chose video you want to download, click on download tutorial on top right wizard and save the video where you want
Ah_S
02/04/2012
no,I dont think so..i downloaded more that 8 prject files and tutorials and nothing wrong happened..
Erasmus. N
12/27/2011
man u blow my mind ur a g8t source of inspiration to me with ur tutorial n take two steps at a time hope to get more tips on shooting techniques. im after ur steps happy x-mass n wishing the best next year.
Alejandro
12/22/2011
I don't have Luma Key.!!
Steve
01/04/2012
Yeah you do. Press F4 or click the "switches and modes" button.
Bewondy
12/17/2011
I like this and am going try to make it.. Thanm!!!! wow!!!
yudhy
12/13/2011
very thanks
your tutorial very amazing
thanks for make grow up my skill
Mishal
12/03/2011
Well ummm, I'm not much of an adobe user but this is for a school project and it would be really helpful if you could help me. You know the color adjustment layer and when you do all the curves thing, Well it doesn't only happen to my tail it also happens to my whole picture. Yeah the whole is gold when i press play and i really have no idea what to do.
Jack
12/21/2011
are you turning on luma inverted for the adjustment layer? and are you sure the layers are in the right order? because when you turn on luma inverted on an adjustment layer, it makes it so your effects apply to the layer above.
Joshua
11/29/2011
What if our Particle world doesn't have the "option" option. I use a mac book pro and can't make my disintegration video right without the blur. Help me
Ryan
01/17/2012
Yea dude im having the same problem..
Gurpreet
11/20/2011
Thanks Andrew... you got the best tutorials.....
Ólafur Jón Thoroddsen
11/20/2011
Oh my god!
cashcreate
11/17/2011
man, you're really good at after fx. xD i watch all your vids, even on youtube. hopefully i get better like you. XD
Kenneth Mendoza
11/16/2011
Love your tutorial. Im using CS5 at school and I cant find the options tab mentioned in 33:03
houchat kamel
11/12/2011
thank you MY FRIEND
help
11/02/2011
1. I wanna thank u for all your help, i'm a huge fan
2. i have a problem and it'd be great if you could help me...i did everything exactly like u said i don't know why but that part with the transform doesn't work i did it like 100 times always the same way you showed but it doesn't work PLZ HELP...its very important to me
thank u
vishnu jayaraj
10/29/2011
nice videos
decky
10/07/2011
yes I undestand
iman
10/07/2011
I like it .
hellfang132
10/06/2011
my granade does not displace
OtavioTittoto
09/26/2011
Try combining the effects you (I) 've learned with a bunch of tutorials for one movie, example: Do the demon face warp thing and the main character goes like "OMG ZOMBIES" and he shoots these zombies (gun blowback and muzzle flash to make the shots), they regen (there's a tutorial for that).. and i don't know, he casts holy water against them, and they..glow? And disintegrate.. That'd be cool
Andy.
09/16/2011
I have used this displacement technique so many times, but for some reason, this time it isn't working. The expression on the position for the transform effect isn't keeping the layer from moving entirely with the displacement.
Jose Said
08/30/2011
wow amazing that you do man lol thanks a lot... para los que quieren aprender esto les recomiendo aprendan ingles jaja.
Ormuz153
08/30/2011
Hola...la única forma que encontré para aprender estas técnicas de edición de vídeo fue acá,el tutorial esta mas que excelente lo aplicare a unos vídeos familiares para experimentar...gracias desde Colombia
Orlhan de Leon
08/29/2011
I enjoyed following your detailed tutorials, my first work of art was completed because of your help, and all my friends who saw it were really amazed! thank you so much!
Prajwal
08/23/2011
Mindblowing...with the body of coarse lol....You are getting better with every video
Chris
08/17/2011
Great tutorial, but i'm stuck at the transfer from the grenade to Sam's video, at the end of the burning effect the "fire" still floats in the air, can somebody help me?
AdobeLover
08/16/2011
Great Tutorial, but Im stuck at the part where we have to set the displacement values for the grenade the entire grenade stays displaced even when not needed... a little help would be great..

Push Eject
08/12/2011
Nice to see this tutorial in use in a major motion picture! "Darkest Hour"

Okay, so they did a little turbulent displace with a circular motion, but still!

Cheers.
Jonathan solano
08/11/2011
estoy siguiendo el tutorial y en un parte aparece exprecion y se comiensa a escrivir una serie de codigo, me podrian decir como visualizar la obcion EXPRESION.

GRACIAS
Edwin
08/16/2011
Aprieta ALT y dale click al relojito de los "keyframes" al mismo tiempo. Esto va crear un espacio para introducir el condigo (java script)
Derrick Wren
08/05/2011
Hey there Andrew I was just trying to follow your tutorial on disintegration but your Matte Tracking on your screen doesn't appear on my screen, I was just wondering how to get my screen to look like yours. What version of After Effects do you use?
jonathan solano
08/11/2011
la vercion es cs3
Chet
07/20/2011
Maybe someone alreaedy covered this, but I can't read older posts on this site. I was hoping to use this effect where the TEXT burns off but I guess because the text is WHITE it doesn't seem to grab the "HOT STUFF" layer so well. It just takes on a smokey/whispy kind of look. I don't get the "fiery burn" happening across the text as it wipes away. Got any pointers?
Chet
08/04/2011
Corection: I had the layer on the wrong track matte. That fixed the problem so that the GREY text will now appear to burn off (although, it's not a very convincing look) but I still have the problem of not being able to change the color of the text to something else that I need.
Chet
08/04/2011
Jon,

Tried it, but no go. I'm just not getting the look of the text burning off. The color adjustment meant to create the burn color/effect changes the whole text color. Also, I need the text to be a certain color besides gray before and during the burn off. Maybe i've got something out of order but I followed the tutorial step by step. I will admit, i'm returning to the project after a couple of weeks off but I can't see any way to get text to have it's own color but BURN off as it needs to.
Jon
07/29/2011
Chet..try using grey text instead of white. Even if it's just a little bit grey.
numerouno
07/20/2011
You have the best tutorials. Fun to listen to, too :)
habib
07/19/2011
i like all produic adobe