18. Light Streaks
• Use Trapcode's Particular to generate light streaks
• Use an expression to generate random movement
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399 Responses to "Light Streaks"
song
05/17/2014
Listen! Listen to the music! Yeahhhh
Emma
04/29/2014
TIP: You can change the emitters position subframe to 10x linear. That'll give you smooth curves. Much simpler than having to keep a high framerate and skipping frames in render.
Jerome
05/06/2014
Good catch. I think the version Andrew was using at the time didn't have that feature.
PAUL ROFF
04/02/2014
Cannot seem to get my light stream to be visible when a camera is visible. My version of after effects (cs5)tells me that the camera only works with 3D layers, but when I toggle 3D on the particles layer with the camera on, the light stream also dissappears... what is the solution? Also, I feel like the stream is emmitting or flowing to slow... the solution to that is to raise the amount of particles per second... and the frames per second of the composition?
PAUL ROFF
04/02/2014
Wondering... in my version of After Effects (cs5) I'm having difficulty with the camera. When I have the camera visible, the light stream disappears... It states a warning that the camera only works with 3D layers, but if I enable the particles layer's 3D switch, with the camera visible, the stream still is not visible. I too had to use the sprite and texture features rather than the custom particle. What do you know about cs5 particluar... what is the work around to be able to orbit around a visible light stream? Thanks...
sOcOmfIghtErs12
03/23/2014
Very easy and very helpful tutorial. Cheers.
tankman37
01/16/2014
7 years late!!!....using this for a friends video..
AndrewHD3
12/19/2013
So i'm making some similar effects with thinner light streaks and more particles. however i'm seeing a lot of jagged edges when the lines curve. any thoughts on the setting that might be culprit in causing a rough edge and MOIRE in the particle effect on a black background
chinni
08/07/2013
light effacts
Sam
07/17/2013
If i dont have Emitter in particles what should i do i tried many different way and didnt work any help plz
Terence
01/26/2013
5 YEARS! WOOHOO!
Rado Dam
01/10/2013
I'm Dam Rado, come frome Cambodia. thanks you for your adding tutorial video.
om kori
12/17/2012
thanxxxxx buddy
Kyle Halim
12/07/2012
I'm stuck at Particles where you said "Custom" . I'm using CS6 but there isn't have "Custom" in Particles type .
Amy
04/15/2014
Hey Brady and Xplodwild, thanks for this information. I couldn't find it anywhere on the net for this information other than your comments.
brady
08/06/2013
look for the layer texture dropdown under particle type after changing it to sprite. under texture, you can set the particle's layer
Morgan S
07/30/2013
I have set it to Sprite but do not see anything.
xplodwild
01/08/2013
It's named "Sprite" in newer versions.
Shahrzad
12/04/2012
I LOVE YOUR TUTORIALS THANKS SO MUCH.I am learning a lot from you guys .
I have CS3 and in CS3 so don't have " Trapcode's Particular ".

Cheers
Shahrzad
Alron
11/02/2012
@Imran
for AE CS 5/6 in the particle type option select textured polygon fill and from that under texture you select the particle_50 layer and then follow the other steps as shown in the tutorial
imran
10/19/2012
hey i am working on light steaks but cs6 particular don't have particle type custom. tell me another way.
Miller
09/05/2013
Also under time sampling, put Start at Birth - Stretch
Onur
05/13/2013
in cs6 there is no Custom option, you can just select particle type as : TEXTURED OLYGON FILL, then in the Texture panel you just select layer : particle_50. it works.
Stian
10/20/2012
Why don't you just play around and try different types then? You know, you don't have to do it EXACTLY the way he tells you to do. However, the option "Sprite" is probably there. Try that one. Should do the same.
Ravikumar
09/21/2012
Hi Andrew. Im only young and learning to use AE. I really enjoy these tutorials and here in england I saw this on BBC!!
bjar
09/20/2012
haloo that is vary good
Kalil
09/06/2012
I am watching this 'five years from now'...
suraj
09/04/2012
awesome dude...
Mike
08/30/2012
I like the fact that, He explains the other things you can do.. and if you wanna change it and not JUST .. The tut hes trying to show us.
Karim
08/16/2012
How about writing your own words with that streak!
how can I do that
Vince
08/10/2012
Hey! I'm using CS4 and particular 2.1. Whenever I use sprite or textured polygon in particle type, I can't see the particle 50? What are the right settings for this? Can anyone help? Thanks!
Karim
08/16/2012
Expand the (Particle) tab, then select (textured polygon) as the particle type
after that on (Texture) --> layer --> choose particle 50
Karim
08/16/2012
Expand the "Particle" tab, then select (textured polygon) as the particle type
after that on "Texture" --> layer --> choose particle 50
Vince
08/10/2012
Hey! I'm using CS4 and particular 2.1. Whenever I use sprite or textured polygon in particle type, I can't see the particle 50? What are the right settings for this? Can anyone help? Thanks!
LT Airborne
06/28/2012
how'd he know I'd be watching this exactly 5 years later ... Andrew Kramer = Prophet?
ShahabG
08/01/2012
No Andrea Kramer = Created guy
Oveur
06/12/2012
incradable
Shabbir
06/01/2012
its awesome and m very grateful to you for this tutorial
Manic
05/07/2012
Great video, can't believe 5 years passed that fast :/
Chris
04/12/2012
One thing I found out: I had the problem that I could not see the lightstreak, despite I exactly followed Andrew's tutorial so I found out that you have to change the duration of "particle_50" to the duration of your "Nano_Ad", this works for me and I hope it may also helps somebody of you...
mewliz
03/21/2012
i don't have custom on mine i using trial son cs5 and there is not custom
Ampe
05/03/2012
particle type: texturized Polygon instead "custom", then texture/Layer: particle_50 and Time Sampling: Start at Birth - Loop
Uchiha
03/06/2012
Haha. Oh the irony of me watching this 5 years later...
samuel
05/02/2012
you're misusing the word, there is nothing ironic about that.
Walker
02/06/2012
Could you put this onto a shot and have it sort of come up and around an object? So some how make the background an alpha channel or what not and layer it ontop of a shot instead of having just a black background.
jw
02/03/2012
Use keyLight to key away the red cross =)
Marlon
05/05/2012
Thanks a lot jw
Joel
01/27/2012
Lol I'm watching this 5 years later
Kabir
01/25/2012
this tutorial sucks
RN Studios
01/20/2012
Hi Andrew. Im only young and learning to use AE. I really enjoy these tutorials and here in england I saw this on BBC!!
urbanwildcat
01/12/2012
It's been 5 years later and the ipod commercial effect is still tight! GREAT JOB VIDEO COPILOT!!!
kijo
11/23/2011
Trapcode doesn't work... I get the 'Red X', and when i look it up it says i need to give a serial number, even whilst using the demo
amanda
12/21/2011
I'm using CS5 and trapcode 2 and when I play the video It's just a point moving around the screen... It doesn't have a "tail" like in your video. What's wrong? :/
Sjoa
11/21/2011
Here's a tip that stumped me for 15 minutes...MAKE SURE YOU CAPITALIZE THE E in Emitter! I had "emitter", and was getting squat in CS5. Also, as others suggest go down to TEXTURE to select your custom layer.
Sean
11/15/2011
I was thinking that the way they probably did it was to set a motion tracking point to the ipod nano. Also, I'm wondering if they just shot the dancers in low light used a color change effect. Just a though on how they could do it exactly like the commercial.
jamm
11/15/2011
im using trapcode particular 2.1.. and it doesnt allow me to use custom shape.. any alternatives?
Ruby
03/06/2012
I had the same problem. I have chosen 'sprite' like Edward suggested but no sign of the custom controls further down in particle. Any suggestions?? When i play demo with it set to 'sprite' nothing shows up...?
Edward
03/05/2012
ah, in 2.1 (i have it) its pretty much the same as "sprite"

just use that, the custom controls are a little further down than this one
Haith
10/31/2011
Hey Andrew. Great tuts man! Really helpful.. On this one, just one question:

If I want my particles to move in paths that I make, and not just random wiggles, how can I do so?

Thanks. Much Appreciated.
Peace!
H
Bilal
10/17/2011
i saw this yesterday and it was funny that you mentioned that 5 years from you may not know what i am talking about.
Its been 4 years and yes i didnt know what you were talking about.
Daniel
10/13/2011
When I try this the hue/saturation adjustment layer does not change the color of the particle streaks.

Adobe CS5, Trapcode particular 2.0

Any Ideas?
Nico
02/07/2012
same problem, everything is fine but I cant change the color or put a glow on the color fx layer. nothing happends. Any ideas someone?
r€nato
10/16/2011
Daniel-

I don't know how I got it to work, but eventually I did. It took me 15 min to get it working, the last thing I did before it started working was I shuffled Color FX layer down to just above the particle_50 layer, which I had as the dead last layer under the BG layer. I turned off all the layers but those two, turned off and on 'colorize', not much effect. Then I put everything back where it was and turned all the layers back on and it started working. Weird and frustrating. Try shuffling your layers around, mess with the Hue/Sat effect as far as turning off and on colorize, maybe you will stumble across it like I did! GL.
Sarah Eddowes
10/11/2011
Hi Andrew, Love your tuts. So helpful and clear..
With this one, I'm having a small problem. My swirly has the same colour throughout, even on the more opaque areas where your swirly approaches white on these ares. "Colorize" in hue/saturation only seems to work when I have shading ticked in Particular, but then something happens where bits of the swirly get blocked or something.. If you or anyone else could point me in the right direction, I'd be so grateful..
Thank you!
VfxGodOfDK
10/14/2011
The red X is there because you're using the trial version of particular. To remove the X you have to enter the serial code you get when purchasing particular :)

Hope this information helped you out ;)
Kevin
Nick
10/10/2011
hey, have a question. ever time when i click the "Particles" there always a red X blocking the screen, how to i take the red X out?
Kogul
09/06/2011
Very use full tutorial
tom
08/17/2011
i have trapcode particular 2.0 and when i come to changing the particle type to custom it doesn't have it in the drop down , can you help me please ?
Sarah Eddowes
10/11/2011
Hey Vincent, you've probably sorted this out by now, but you select "Sprite" instead of custom :)
vincent
08/04/2011
i do not have the custom particle in fact i have more settings than you do so I'm going to delete the particle_50 layer and try it with a preset particle that they gave me and see if it works
dome
07/21/2011
Thank you for anything.
Morten
07/12/2011
Okay man, i love your tutorials but the explaination of the mask, when it turns black is Shit. I dont get it, you dont explain how you make it black, someone please reply, i've been stuck on this for 4 friggen hours.
Dustin
07/16/2011
Yo Morten I ran into this problem myself just make sure that your last pen line connects to the first, just make sure its completed.
hayden
06/21/2011
i don't know if this has already been said yet but there is the (custom) particle shape has been changed to (textured polygon) almost messed me up :P.
Steve
06/19/2011
does anybody know why he changed the comp frame rate to 90 frames/sec at (18;12),what change did he try to get by changing the frame rate.
Thx
Adrian
03/14/2012
I don'w know if you figured it out yet but by changing the frame rate the curves become more smooth. If you increase the speed in the wiggle expression from the initial wiggle(.5,100) to wiggle (2,100) you'll see that the curves become somewhat broken. With this technique the curves become more smooth
daxflame
07/06/2011
i think he said because of the rendering problem..
crezi
06/19/2011
help me help me echooooo

i really need help guyss
i wana make same thing as lokesh said its really supper urgent how can i move shinny with the path as i want to make star and other icons.

please help me
thanks alot 10000000 time

again help me please
Denis
06/18/2011
????? ???????? ????! ?? ??????!
merr
06/17/2011
this was very helpful, but I tryed intalling the plugin and it won't let me in use the Partlicar, and it is and shame that I con't make this with the Videos that I used of my friends :( is there an other way of making the Light Streaks?

Please please get back to me and thanks
merr
06/14/2011
Hi there there can I get the the plug in for the trapcode for After Effects?

thank you
juantrueno
06/14/2011
I PARENT THE CAMERA'S POINT OF INTEREST TO THE LIGHT POSITION, SO THE CAMERA ROTATES ALONG WITH THE LIGHT.
ginko
06/01/2011
very helpfull :D
hanif
05/20/2011
i love after effects :)
Justicer007
05/07/2011
It is very useful to me, thanks.
Lokesh
05/05/2011
can anyone tell me how to move this light in a custom path, like i want to make signature by this... as you can see the video on youtube by name "signature in the sky".

Plz anyone help me...
justicer007
05/07/2011
If I'm right, you should try to use mocha motion capture the movement form your own custom path, and then the rest you know already.
Skoolkomics
05/07/2011
wht you have to do is hit the stop watch then move it as if it was anything else.
for example how he shows you how to move the camera in a custom path, its basically the same thing. but when you do the path just dont have it set on the wiggle thing.


hope i helped =]
Bob
04/28/2011
How do u get to the page your on 4 mac? your a LEGEND
Evie
04/12/2011
Hello, I love the tutorial, just wondering if there's a way to resize the internet window so i don't lose either the top or bottom of the tutorial? Many thanks x
nikes
05/17/2011
Evie, you can just hit the F11 key on your keyboard in the web browser, so the top / bottom panels will just hide and you are viewing the web content in full screen of your web browser. The other option is, of course, to set the video on full screen by clicking on it with right mouse button etc.
Usman
04/14/2011
You can right click and select "Toggle Fullscreen". Or if the new version of IE, then you can zoom out/in the window itself (Botton Right)...
voynix
04/07/2011
Loving your tutorials! I had to use the trapdcode website for this one though. The expression I needed on CS5 was 'transform.position.wiggle(.5,100)' not just 'wiggle(.5,100)
HAHA TAE HEE KOREA of SOUTH
03/28/2011
CS5 version is changed
Particle plug in is to custom(CS4) from (CS5)texture. ^^
Kabsurd
03/24/2011
For the people that cannot select the custom particle function, i was playing around because i couldn't find it either, it is located under particles and than textures. Here you can select your own Layer.
just_my
03/21/2011
the i can't register on the trapcode particular so i cant have the custom shape
HAHA TAE HEE KOREA of SOUTH
03/28/2011
Hey It was changed named to texture from Custom
Daddy_C
03/16/2011
Mr Kramer sir. You are Legend! your the best master on the net. No competition. Greetings from sunny Dublin in Ireland. Where you are welcome for a pint anytime!!!
Chezcka
03/13/2011
I can't see the particles either... help... I'm using 2.1.1 on CS3
Chezcka
03/13/2011
I downloaded the trapcode trial version, and I don't think it has the "custom" option for the particle shape...
MrKnif
03/07/2011
Hi,
At 7:03 I don't have "Mask Path" Can you explain me please :)
mohammed
03/02/2011
Nice
think you
ilake
J_ST@r
02/27/2011
This is TOTALLY WICKED!!! XD
Mark Hubley
02/22/2011
I LOVE YOUR TUTORIALS BUT RAN INTO A ROAD BLOCK WITH TRAPCODE PARTICULARS...I DON'T HAVE IT AND GOT LOST TRYING TO USE CC PARTICLE WORLD...
Now the next tutorial picks up from the end of this and I think I'm still lost...
But I really appreciate these...thanks,
Mark
amit rawat
02/18/2011
Its good i want to learn AE use in flash
marvinbek
02/16/2011
Gosh.. i wish i had an ending... (Music plays) Yes! music is a good one!
tim
02/16/2011
haha yer totaly dont have that technolagy
corey Slayton
02/13/2011
on the part were i have to make my on particle type i did that but i cant set it to custom i have after effects cs5
Nick
03/11/2011
Here's the solution: http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/support/faq/product-specific/trapcode-particular/211/

Summary: Select "Sprite" for Particle Type, then 2 options down under "Texture" select "Particle_50" under "Layer"
Mark
02/02/2011
Unbelievable tutorial!! Definitely the best tutorial site on the web by a million miles!!
Jeff
02/01/2011
Need help to finish tutorial! OK I am having trouble with creating the light streaks with the Sprite option. I have chosen the sprite option. Then went to texture and chose the particle_50 comp. Then I used start at birth loop option. I can't see the light streak. If I use streaklet option it doesn't look as good. Please advise why I am not seeing the light streak.
iskander
02/25/2011
hi, me too I have choosed sprite then layer particule_50 then start at birth loop,
but I can see it
so I think this part is good, maybe look before this if you miss something or wath
Ilignosheva
01/27/2011
Brilliant tutorial!Bravo! Thanks a lot :)
andrew
01/25/2011
hey, when im in my After Effects CS5 with the trapcode particles, i want to change the parcticle tipe to Custom, it doesen't exist, than i clicked in sprite, but even with it, anything appear on my screen ! SOME1 HELP MEEEEEEE !
iskander
02/25/2011
hi guy,
I confirm it is "sprite" that replace "custom",
then choose "particles_50" then "start at birth",
for me it works as well. if it disappear, maybe look at opacity or operations before, cause for me it works.
so it was to confirm that it is at "sprite"
5hplayer
02/01/2011
jep, didn't work with sprite when i tried it, too. try "streaks" it looks nearly the same, but i hope i can get it work with the custom/sprite stuff, coz it looks better (:
Igor
01/22/2011
Hi Andrew, thank you very much for your great site and AE instructions ur eternal inspiration...

Best regards and thank you from Bosnia
Nikita
01/16/2011
Andrew, thank you very much for your lessons. I actually live in Russia and write comments through an interpreter. Look translated into Russian lessons. Thank you very much!
inenapa
01/11/2011
Hi Andrew, i discovered this site one month ago when i started using AE and its pretty good to make my own FX with your help. Your tutorials are extremely interesting and your teaching method make quite easy to understand what you're explaining. Thanks.
miguel
12/30/2010
i dont have trapcode too =S
please help me =(
Ric
01/23/2011
go download a demo at their site...
firefox1095
12/25/2010
Hey I have Particular 2.1 and I am facing a problem. at 8:55 when you select the particle type as custom. Yeah i can't find that. I can only find sphere, cloudet, star, etc... Please reply
Graham Burgsma
12/28/2010
It is now called sprite. If you use streaklet, it is pretty much what Andrew did, just it is already made.
Firfeox1095
12/21/2010
Right now they have these Touchy Nano-s!
Awesome
12/19/2010
I'm watching it 3 years from then, lol
Robert
12/13/2010
I have completed a majority of this project but I have come to a little snag... Like in the particular drop down menu "particles" there is no custom settings... is there one that can fix this problem. Thank You.
Nick
03/11/2011
I read the responses on here too and was missing that the "Layer" dropdown was under "Texture..." If it helps, check out the documentation from Red Giant, it lays out exactly where it is:

Here's the solution: http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/support/faq/product-specific/trapcode-particular/211/
zvone
12/17/2010
look down what colin and chris said....i have that problem but i fixed it with help from down below...
Rajeev
12/13/2010
What if you wanna choose your own key frame position in the shape of whatever you want instead of random swirls, like in the nano ad they move accroding to the position of the ipod
AJAY
12/05/2010
i dont have a trapcode so i am not able to move further :(
could any 1 help me
plzzzzzz
this tutorials are cool !!!
and i am new to the world of video editing :D
so could any 1 help me >
Nightm4re
12/04/2010
You're probably on some super advanced dual pentium processor.... You know, 4 years later and you can produce 2 million particles per second at the same speed as you're producing 200.... It's the most epic thing.
Imran Chowdhury
12/04/2010
thanks ur @
m very wonderd for ur tutorial

thanks
many thanks
KENNY
12/01/2010
what i saw was awsome and i realy want to get closer to the main thing when it comes to cg
Mithun
11/25/2010
I dont have to effect trapcode _perticular because i have AE CS3
wat i do..please help me!!!!
mithun
12/11/2010
so if i want same Light Streaks effect.. so any other option or ideas(i alwaredy try on in biuld particals but... no result ) how to do without .. trapcode _perticular plugin
Jumpkut
12/03/2010
it's not cus you have CS3, it's cus it's an expensive third party plugin.
Lukas
11/19/2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHQ6Om8y9rg
Andrew
11/16/2010
I'm also getting a big red X over my screen, do I have to absolutely have Trapcode? I'm fairly sure I have it because under effects it's available.

Please, if anyone knows how to get rid of this, tell me. Help would be greatly appreciated.
Steven
12/07/2010
Pay for it.. pretty much the only way to get rid of the red cross.
Richards
11/15/2010
I dont have to effect trapcode because i have AE CS5
please help me!!!!
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